We love a good breakfast casserole and this one is my go-to favorite.The flavors are incredible and you can make this a day in advance and bake it when you need it. I love making this on Christmas Eve and popping it in the oven Christmas morning before we open presents. By the time we are done opening presents, breakfast is ready and I didn’t have to do anything except put it in the oven. Easy, delicious, simple, and you can make it the day ahead making this breakfast casserole a winner in my book.
For this breakfast, you will need:
2 lbs of breakfast sausage (I like using Jimmy Dean Regular)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (not pictured)
1 tablespoon of ground mustard
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of half and half
6 pieces of white bread
1 tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce (I use Franks)
a dash of salt
a dash of pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13×9 baking dish.
First, begin by crumbling and browning the two pounds of sausage.
Slice the bread into small cubes and grate the cheese.
In a large bowl, crack the 12 eggs, milk and half and half, add the hot sauce and dry mustard as well as the salt and pepper.
Once sausage is browned, spread half of the sausage into the bottom of the greased baking dish. Top with half of the bread and half of the cheese.
Complete another layer by adding the rest of the sausage, followed by the rest of the bread and topped with the remaining cheese. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the top of the layered ingredients.
The cheese will remain on the top of the casserole so you will not have to top it with additional cheese.
When I am preparing this dish the day before, this is when I cover it with foil and wait until the next day. Uncover to bake.
Place the casserole into the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Check the casserole by inserting a butter knife into the middle to check if it is baked. Cooking time will vary with appliances. It may need additional time. Do not cover your casserole while baking.
The end result will be the VERY best breakfast casserole you have ever had! I love this dish and it is a tradition for Christmas morning. Enjoy!
From my kitchen to yours,