Jan 14, 2024 - Food and Drink

Recipe: Italian beef breakfast casserole

Casserole with yellow and green peppers on top of beef and eggs.

Italian beef breakfast casserole. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

If you woke up this morning wondering how you could turn an iconic Chicago sandwich into an easy and high-protein breakfast, then it's your lucky day.

What's happening: I dreamed up this Italian beef strata/casserole after experimenting with Italian beef stuffing over the holidays.

  • It combines pillowy cubes of gravied bread with the hot giardiniera, creamy cheese, hearty beef and sweet peppers all in one fluffy, crispy egg mass.

The intrigue: After I posted about my creation on Facebook last month, it blew up on Reddit with some snarky but mostly positive comments. Phew!

Ingredients: Two dipped (vegan or regular) Italian beef sandwiches preferably with cheese and hot and sweet peppers.

  • Six eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Extra sweet peppers or giardiniera for top garnish.

Directions: Butter a pie or 8x8 casserole dish and preheat the oven to 350°F.

  • Beat eggs and cream in a large bowl.
  • Chop up the sandwich as finely or chunkily as you want.
  • Combine with egg mixture and mix well.
  • Empty mixture into buttered dish and bake at 375° for about 30 minutes or until top is puffy and golden brown.

Of note: For a creamier casserole, cover the mixture with plastic wrap and a heavy plate and place in the fridge overnight so the bread can really soak up the eggs and cream. Bake in the morning.

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