Friday, August 24, 2012

Food Friday: Breakfast Casserole

I have made this recipe lots of times but it is especially good for mornings when you need a good breakfast but don't have the time to spend in the kitchen.   I like to make it when we have guests for the weekend or on Sunday mornings when we are strapped for time and trying to make it to church.  It can be mixed up the night before and also can be reheated in the microwave several days after its been cooked.  It is commonly made for Christmas morning so you don't have to spend your time in the kitchen, but I think it would be great for school mornings, especially if you have school aged children.  This would also make a good addition to a brunch.  It has eggs, sausage, bread, and cheese in one dish.  If you make it beforehand, all you would have to do is reheat individual portions.

Cook one 1 lb. package of sausage completely
Cover bottom of 9x13 dish in a single layer of torn bread pieces (I used wheat but white would be fine too)

Drain sausage and spread evenly over the bread
These are the ingredients you will need to make the egg mixture
6 eggs
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3/4 cup cheddar cheese (approximation)
1 3/4 cup milk
Minced onion (optional)

Whisk milk, eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper (I just sprinkled in a generous amount of salt and specific measurement)
Spread the cheddar cheese evenly over the sausage (I probably used more than 3/4 cup) and an even sprinkle of minced onion over the top (optional).  Pour the egg mixture to coat the cheese, sausage, and bread.
This next step is completely up to you.  I didn't think this particular dish looked "wet" enough so I whisked up 2 more eggs.  It was probably totally unnecessary and I think it would have been fine without the extra. 
Here it is with 2 more eggs...can't really see much difference.
Cover and refrigerate overnight
Pop in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  We had already dug in before I remembered to take a picture!  That's a good sign that it turned out pretty well :)
You could totally add cooked mushroom pieces, green peppers, onions, even spinach!  This might be a good way to "hide" some vegetables from kids (and adults) that typically won't eat them.  The options are endless!

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