This breakfast casserole is one of my favorite things on earth and it is so easy a college freshman could do it. This dish is literally the best thing if you are hosting for the holidays or just having a boys weekend and want something there for the hangover… which is clearly when I make it. I also apologize for my awful pictures… by far my most terrible pictures of anything I have ever done… but it isn’t the prettiest of dishes however it is the tastiest!
DON’T FORGET: Buy all the ingredients and create it the day before you are serving!
This dish looks like it takes a long time and is a little daunting but honestly it is just mixing together a few ingredients, letting it sit over night and throwing in the oven the next day.
Make it health…..ier….ish… kinda…
There are a lot of recipes that add extra salts and mustards etc but I honestly don’t think you need it as there is so much salt and flavors in the meat, cheese, onions and garlic etc. I am by no means a health-nut but I do like to try and make it a touch healthier and natural where it makes sense and it doesn’t affect the taste. I also recommend using turkey sausage vs. pork sausage as people will never know the difference and is a touch on the healthier side.
Simple Breakfast Casserole For Hosting
- 10 large eggs
- 1/2 loaf whole wheat bread cut into 1/2 inch cubes Optional: white bread
- 2 cups 2% milk Any dairy milk works but fat free makes it a little runny and more bland.
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 lb bulk turkey sausage Optional: bulk pork sausage
- 1/2 green pepper diced
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 1/2 a white onion minced Optional: no onion as it isn't necessary if you don't like them.
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp all-spice or italian seasoning mix
- 1/2 tsp pepper
Some people will add salt but the flavor and salt from the meat, eggs, garlic and cheese etc is enough for me.
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Brown the turkey or pork over medium heat and drain.
- Remember to dice your bread 1/2 - 1 inch cubes.
- Dice green peppers, mince onions and garlic. Sautee them in large skillet for 2 minutes. Add in sausage with the vegetable mix.
- Whisk eggs, milk & seasonings together in a separate bowl.
Toss Together Method
- Here is where some recipes differ. As a messy bachelor with little patience... I will take all of my ingredients and mix them together in a bowl and then pour into a medium sized greased baking dish... simple enough. I will normally do 2/3rds of the cheese in the mixture and then sprinkle the other 1/3 on the top at the end.
- Other people will layer it like so: layer the bread on the bottom of the greased baking dish; layer the meat & vegetable mix on top of the bread; layer half the cheese on top of that; then pour the milk & egg mixture softly on top of that and then top with rest of the cheese.
Prep & Baking
- Let sit in the fridge overnight for at least 8-10 hours or more.
- Next day preheat the oven to 350 and bake the uncovered casserole for 45 minutes until it is golden on top and the egg mixture is set. Cut into the casserole to check and make sure it isn't runny (but don't let it get dry).
- Let it set for 10 minutes.