Saturday, October 28, 2017

Favorite Breakfast Casserole

Today's recipe is our family's favorite go-to breakfast casserole for brunches, holidays and when family and friends come to visit - it's the perfect company breakfast casserole! 

Favorite Breakfast Casserole - Impossibly easy to make, always a hit! Loaded with sausage, eggs and cheese - people will be coming back for seconds and thirds. This dish is prepared the night before and placed in the fridge overnight. In the morning, simply preheat the oven and bake. Spend your morning visiting with family and friends, instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen.  


My sister and I made this family favorite during my visit to Alaska - we actually made two breakfast casseroles. I will be sharing the other casserole soon, it's amazing! I wanted to share this one first, since it's my favorite go-to and the holidays are right around the corner. 


A note from my sister, Anastasia - she has been making this casserole every Christmas morning for 23 years! 
"We've made this every Christmas Eve for 23 years. When we wake up to open presents Christmas morning, we preheat the oven and pop them in the oven (we always make two casseroles). By the time presents are finished, the house is filled with the smell of what my boys affectionately call, "Christmas Breakfast". We always serve it with orange juice for the kids and coffee and mimosas for the adults. We also make an adult breakfast bake for the more grown-up kids and mom and dad - filled with vegetables and fancy cheese."

This casserole is a cinch to make, everything is prepared the night before then placed in the fridge overnight (see directions below)...


In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees f. and bake uncovered for approximately 30 to 45 minutes - time will vary depending on the thickness of your bread

Last step - remove casserole from the oven and top with the remaining cheese (this step is not pictured, sorry, I forgot to snap a pic), then place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy! 


Serve with fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and mimosas. 




Favorite Breakfast Casserole

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Ingredients
  • 6-8 slices thick sliced white bread, enough for a single layer in baking dish
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, mild or sharp (divided in half)
  • 1/2 pound cooked breakfast sausage, fat drained (you can use a whole pound if you have a meat-lover to please! Or, make two casseroles, because this will go fast!)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash cayenne 
  • salt and pepper to taste (use salt sparingly because most breakfast sausage is salty enough)
  • 2 cups milk (whole milk is best) 
  • butter, enough to butter the bottom of 6-8 slices of bread

Directions

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 

Butter each slice of bread on one side, then place the bread (buttered side down) in the baking dish, single layer/side by side. 

Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the bread (reserve the remaining cup of cheese for the last 10 minutes of bake time the next day). 

Sprinkle all of the sausage over the cheese. 

In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, green onions, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the layered ingredients. 

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate eight hours or overnight.

Morning
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes (time varies, depending on your oven and the thickness of the bread used). The sides of the casserole should be puffy and the middle should jiggle slightly. Remove and top with the remaining cheese and return to oven for another 10 minutes, or longer, until the center appears set - should begin to puff up and barely jiggle. 

*To be sure the casserole is done and for egg safety, insert a thermometer in the center of the casserole, it is ready when the temperature shows 160 degrees F. 

Rest for 10 minutes, then cut into individual portions and serve. 

Serve with fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, mimosas.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers! 


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