Breakfast Casserole fresh out of the oven
Total prep time: about 20 minutes (can prepare in advance)
Total cook time: 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven)
Do you have company coming in for the holidays? I love this recipe because I can prepare it the night before and pull it out when I wake up and in about 45 minutes, breakfast will be ready (and I haven’t spent more than 5 minutes in my kitchen). It is also great as a “breakfast for dinner” meal or to take and share at a work or church breakfast. I have to admit, I’m not a huge casserole fan but it’s hard to beat a good breakfast casserole. This recipe is actually from my friend JS. Her mother-in-law perfected the recipe and it has been in their family for years. She brought it to us for dinner one night when our son had surgery and I had to have the recipe. There are a lot of variations of this recipe on the internet but I have had repeated success with this one – it is delicious every time.Here is what you will need:
1 lb mild sausage
6-8 slices of white bread
1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups half & half
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon worcestershire sauceThe Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350. Cook the sausage over medium heat until it is cooked and drain it well. Spread each slice of bread with soft butter then cut it into cubes. Place the cubed, buttered bread in the bottom of greased 9x13 dish. Sprinkle it with the sausage and cheese. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, and spices and pour it over the sausage, bread and cheese. Bake it for 30-40 minutes or until the middle is set and the top is golden brown. If it starts to brown too much before the middle is set, cover it loosely with foil.
If you are making it in advance, cover it with foil and chill it until you are ready to cook it. Let it sit on the counter about 20 minutes before you put it in the oven.
Vegetarian Version: For our resident vegetarian, I used the imitation soy sausage and she loved it.