Every year, my mom assembles this casserole on Christmas Eve while we're sitting around drinking wine, and then she pops it in the oven the next morning while we're opening presents. This was our first holiday away from our families so it was nice to have a little piece of home when we woke up in the morning.Ty's mom also sent us a box full of breakfast goodies in the mail to enjoy on Christmas morning:
There were two types of English muffins (blueberry and cinnamon chip), two types of scones, cinnamon sugar crumpets (fancy!) and monster cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls seemed the most Christmas-y so they were popped in the oven alongside the casserole about half way through.
I'm sure my mom didn't magically concoct this recipe on her own, but she taught it to me so it gets to be named after her.
Bonnie's Breakfast Casserole
- 6-8 eggs (she said 6, but feeding 3 boys I used 8 just in case)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 lb. sausage
- 2 slices of bread (I used whole wheat)
- shredded cheddar cheese
First, brown the sausage in a pan. I did this part on Christmas Eve before I realized I'd forgotten the casserole dish we were borrowing from a friend (the U-Haul hadn't arrived at this point) so the rest of the assembly happened on Christmas morning.
With the cooked sausage ready to go, the next step is to grease your casserole dish (I almost forgot this part) and then tear the bread slices into little pieces and cover the bottom of the dish with them.
Next, layer on the cooked sausage and then a good layer of cheese. I think mom actually mixes the cheese into the eggs before she pours them on top, but I was working with a really small bowl for the eggs so the layering worked out fine.
In a bowl, beat together the eggs and the milk. Add a little salt and pepper if you want, then pour that over the bread/sausage/cheese layers in your dish.
Now, if you're like me you may have a small panic attack because it looks like you didn't use enough eggs. You did, I tried this out for you remember? If you're not like me, carry on...
Now pop that sucker in the oven at 350 for 40-45 minutes and you've got yourself a delicious breakfast casserole!
We traditionally eat this at Christmas but it's great anytime you're feeding a bigger crowd. Actually, the leftovers are really good so you could assemble this Sunday night, bake it Monday morning, then have your breakfast made for you for the week!
And we didn't forget about these, but they were almost gone before I remembered to snap a picture:
Do you have a specific dish that always makes it feel like the holidays?