Monday, December 19, 2016

Overnight Everything Bagels and Lox Casserole

"This overnight lox and bagels casserole is perfect for entertaining. Filled with cream cheese and plenty of everything seasoning, this casserole would also be great with pastrami. Just plan on refrigerating overnight and then baking it for about 50-60 minutes the next day. Garnish with smoked salmon, tomatoes, capers and onions and you have a savory, showstopping meal."
Zoe arrived home Thursday night for a short visit. Since her flame, suitor and one and only is also from Denver and was visiting here for a week, she decided to use her last vacation day and come also. They decided to spend a night at the Broadmoor but still allowed enough time for us. She had several requests before she arrived home and being a good mother I was happy to comply. The first: "Could I please not open a box that was coming?";  the second: "Was the car available for them to use? and the third:  "Could I please schedule a massage and come with them?"


 Zoe decided they would save money this way because having a massage at the Broadmoor is quite costly. Before they left on Friday she suggested that she and her favorite and of course, me too, all go for a massage at our favorite Chinese massage place.Wise kids they are. And I must not forget that they are both economists! But little did I know how wise. But I should have known!!! How could I not treat them to the massage? Very wise kids indeed. And as a very gracious mother pushover I offered a bit of a brunch before they braved icy cold weather on the drive to Colorado Springs.

Yes, this easy overnight casserole, strata, bread pudding...whatever you want to call it, was ingested into our very pummeled bodies before they hit the road! I served this with an Israeli salad and a simple fruit salad that everyone loved. Honestly all I did was use a container of blackberries, a mango and a few clementines, with a handful of coconut. Seems that coconut made everything extra good.


This lox and bagels casserole is highlighted with lots of everything seasoning. Filled with cream cheese and topped with everything that would go on a bagel, this makes a perfect brunch or a simple supper. With Hanukkah really occurring on Christmas this year, it might be a fun dish to serve with some potato latkes. It would also make a great savory dish for a Christmas brunch. Either way I love these overnight casseroles. Truly they make the mornings go so smooth! And of course. that makes the conversation so much better. It was fun catching up, eating good food and relaxing with a giant nap the minute they walked out the door!


Yield: 4-8 ServingsPrint Recipe

OVERNIGHT EVERYTHING LOX AND BAGELS CASSEROLE

This overnight lox and bagels casserole is simple to throw together and perfect for brunch or a simple supper.
PREP TIME: 45 MINSCOOK TIME: 1 HOURTOTAL TIME: 1 HOURS AND 45 MINS

INGREDIENTS:


  • 4 large everything bagels (about 1 lb)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped fine
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 c milk
  • Everything seasoning (Use all below)
  • 4-8 oz lox (Our family likes a lot)
  • 2-3 T drained capers
  • 1/3 c minced red onion
  • 2 sliced tomatoes or about 10 baby ones sliced
  • butter for greasing pan
Everything Seasoning
  • 3/4 t kosher salt
  • 1 T white sesame seeds
  • 2 t black poppy seeds
  • 1 T minced dried onions
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Butter a 9x13 or 8x11 baking dish.
  2. Chop bagels into 1/2" cubes approximately. Place 1/2 of the bagel cubes into a buttered dish. Make everything seasoning.
  3. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Place 1/2 of the cream cheese over bagel chunks. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the minced scallions. Top with 1/2 of the everything seasoning. Top with rest of bagel chunks. Sprinkle with remaining cream cheese, and scallions.
  4. Combine eggs, milk and half of the everything seasoning and whisk together well.Pour over bagels and cream cheese. Press bagels into the liquid. If you need more liquid, add more milk. When everything is moistened, cover and place in fridge overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, remove dish from fridge and preheat oven to 350. Uncover the casserole and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until it is puffed and golden brown and set in the center. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. While it is cooling scatter the lox, capers, red onions and tomatoes on top.
More great breakfast ideas:

Everything Scrambled Eggs                 Bagel Bombs                     Easy Cheese Blintz Casserole 

                      

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17 comments:

  1. Wow! Think you get Mom of the Year Abbe. Massages at the Broadmoor, brunch with baked bagels (and fresh lox) and allowance to use the car - you've got my nomination! And I've got your recipe now =) Happy Holidays!

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  2. Happy Holidays. This casserole looks divine. Glad you got to spend some time with your lovely Zoe and her one and only :D

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  3. My goodness Abbe - this looks fantastic! It's absolutely brilliant - hope you have a very Happy Hanukkah!

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  4. Happy Holidays Abbe! And enjoy that visit with Zoe and suitor. The Casserole sounds wonderful, but I'm also interested in that Israeli Salad. I'll do a search on your blog to see if you've posted it.

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  5. It does look fresh and good..happy holidays!
    Glad you got to see your daughter:)

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  6. This looks so very comforting! I guess sourdough bread would be a nice sub. here.

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  7. This sounds wonderful, Abbe! My favorite are 'everything' bagels and the first I pick when I'm buying some. Capers too? So good! Happiness is a good massage, especially when someone else pays for it :) Happy Hanukkah, Abbe!

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  8. Good dish. And fun to see Zoe (and her flame) again, I'm sure. Happy Holidays! And Happy Birthday, too. :-)

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  9. WOW, brillant! These dishes look amazing, especially the Israeli salad !! Hope you have a very Happy Hanukkah!!

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  10. What a fun variation on Bagels and Lox, it sounds wonderful! Happy holidays!

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  11. This is such a unique twist on all the overnight casseroles out there. I thought I didn't like lox, but I had it a couple times this year and fell in love.

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  12. A beautifully colorful meal I'm sure they enjoyed. GREG

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  13. I love the overnight casserole thought and yours looks like it rivals anything served at the Broadmoor! I hope you've had a lovely birthday today.

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  14. Overnight casseroles are the best! And I love this lox and bagels combo. So glad Zoe made it home---sounds like you two have been having some fun!! xo

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  15. My goodness this is the perfect breakfast or brunch, we love lox and all the little goodies that you added. Great post Abbe, I always enjoy the way you write. Happy Holidays!!!

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  16. Loving this recipe for the morning of the holidays. Loads of flavor and a winner recipe! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.

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