Sunday, April 5, 2015

cheesy scrambled egg and sausage casserole

growing up, my mom made this casserole every year for christmas morning. we devoured it immediately after opening presents! it's the perfect warm breakfast that you can make ahead of time.

fast forward, now I love making this egg casserole any time we have a big group for breakfast. I've made it on mountain trips and beach trips, for christmas vacation and this year, for easter brunch. it's really simple and everyone loves a hot, cheesy breakfast any time of the year! I hope everyone has a beautiful easter with friends and family.


there are several different versions of this recipe, including one with croissants as the base which I definitely want to try sometime. feel free to mix up the bread choice, I used publix homestyle bakery white bread and I've also made it with publix italian five grain.











ingredients:
-about 6 pieces of buttered bread
-1 tube of jimmy dean sausage
-6 eggs
-2 c. half and half
-1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
-salt and pepper

instructions:
1. cook sausage on the skillet, breaking apart while cooking.
2. meanwhile, place pieces of buttered bread on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. layer cooked sausage on top of the bread slices.
3. grate cheddar cheese and layer on top of sausage.
4. in a bowl, whisk 6 eggs with half and half, salt and pepper until smooth. pour the egg mixture on top of the cheese layer, ensuring to cover entire surface evenly.
5. refrigerate over night.
6. remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before cooking. bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until set.
serves 8-10

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