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.
“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.”
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!
Favorite Breakfast Casserole
- 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
Spray a 9×13 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.
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.
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.
Serve with fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, mimosas.
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