Thursday, 26 December 2013

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

Special Tools:

None really, but I find this works best in an 8X8 inch square pan with high sides if you happen to have one around, otherwise any high sided casserole will do

Ingredients:

About 1 pound Breakfast Sausage, Cooked and broken into little bits and cooled
About 8 eggs
Salt and Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon allspice
8 Slices Bread, crusts cut off
1/3 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon butter

Optional:
1/4 cup Green onions or diced bell peppers

Instructions:

Use the tablespoon of butter to grease the bottom and sides of the casserole dish. Place the bread slices in two layers in the casserole, tossing some (About 1/4-1/2 cup) of the cooked sausage bits in between the two bread layers.

In a large bowl crack the eggs, add the milk, and season with salt and pepper, nutmeg and allspice. Stir in the sausage bits.

If you are planning to wait until the morning to finish this recipe, simply cover and refrigerate the pan and bowl.

About 30 minutes before cook time, remove the casserole pan from the fridge let stand at room temperature.

When you are ready to cook, Preheat the oven to 400°F. remove the bowl of eggy sausage from the fridge and give it a stir to re-suspend the sausage. Pour the entire bowl over the slices of bread in the casserole pan. Bake for about 20 minutes. Slice like you would a lasagna and serve!

Enjoy!

Notes:

Merry Christmas to all! I got a brand new set of pasta rollers I can't wait to test out, but until then how about another easy breakfast option, keep those visiting family members happy without having to slave away in the kitchen in the morning.

This is the sort of breakfast casserole my mommy always did when we went away with family on vacation, or for Christmas morning. In case you weren't aware, morning is not a favorite time for my family, most of us are pretty cranky bears in the morning and not really in the mood to be up to much. But there are times when things just need to get done; like Christmas morning where we would have to all get up early, open presents, eat a quick but filling breakfast, swiftly get ready for a day with family all before jumping in the car to drive for an hour to the Grandparents and waiting most of the day for turkey dinner, which is always promised to be served around 2-3pm, but is always closer to 5 or 6 pm. . . But I digress our presence was desired and family wanted everyone there by about 11am. In order to get where we needed to go mommy would make this casserole up the night before, do the finishing touches in the morning, bake it while we open presents and then right to a hot hearty breakfast!

So this is a savory frenchtoast and sausage kind of casserole. My mom just bought a log of breakfast sausage meat from the grocery store, but any cooked and broken up breakfast sausage will work, so use your favorite!

So there is my Christmas story for the year, I hope you had a merry December!

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