Here’s a great breakfast casserole you can use for Christmas morning, hosting a brunch, or any time you want an easy and tasty breakfast with minimal work.
Now I’ve had a breakfast casserole recipe I’ve used for years that includes hashed brown potatoes, egg, cheese, cottage cheese, green peppers and more. About 10 different ingredients or so. We enjoy it, but when Walmart asked me to make a recipe out of their annual holiday entertaining guide I decided it was time to try something different for Christmas breakfast.
The breakfast casserole recipe I found in the entertaining guide is so easy–and only 6 ingredients! The backbone of the recipe is two packages of seasoned croutons.
To start with you grease a casserole dish. I like to use my 9X13 pan for just about everything. I gave up non stick spray years and years ago, so I either brush with a tiny bit of olive oil, or I use a butter wrapper that I’ve saved in the fridge. This time of year with all the cookie baking and such I have plenty of butter wrappers!
Next you brown up a pound of breakfast sausage. I used Jimmy Dean in the tube–original flavor. You can use whatever you like–I’ve even done recipes like this using venison sausage or Italian sausage squeezed out of its casings.
Beat together your eggs, milk and a bit of Dijon mustard. I’m short, so I tend to open my utensil drawer and set the bowl down in that–it makes it so I don’t have to raise my shoulder in order to beat everything together. I’ve impinged my shoulder in the past so I’m pretty careful about that sort of thing!
Mix your croutons, drained sausage and cheese into the eggs. You are going to need a pretty big bowl for this because it’s hard to kind of fold the stiff croutons into the liquid and get them covered without tossing them completely out of the bowl. The dog did get a few little surprise treats during this part of the process. . . she knows I’m a messy cook and hangs out just in case anything hits the floor.
Transfer the whole mixture into you greased baking dish and then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. If it’s morning and you are making it right then you can move on to the cooking step. Otherwise you can cover you pan and refrigerate overnight. Yes, in my picture the pan is balance on top of other things in the fridge. I’m living real life here people, and my fridge is far from a showplace!
Bake the casserole for 40-45 minutes in a 350 oven. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean when it’s done. Then just cut into 12 squares and serve! It’s yummy–and so easy.
- 16 oz bulk breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean etc)
- 6 eggs
- 2 C milk
- 1 TBS Dijon mustard
- 2 pkgs (5 oz each) seasoned croutons
- 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9X13 baking pan.
- Brown sausage and drain.
- Beat eggs, milk and mustard together.
- Add bread cubes, sausage and 1 1/2C cheese to the egg mixture. Stir until evenly coated.
- Transfer to baking pan, sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.