Today marks the beginning of All-American Breakfast Month, and we could not be more excited. Who doesn’t love a hearty meal to start off the day? Each week we’ll have a different recipe for you to try, so keep checking our site. For our first recipe, we bring you the heartiest All-American Breakfast of all—Breakfast Casserole. Enjoy!
While many people look forward to the presents at Christmas time, I look forward to the heartfelt, home-cooked meals. On Christmas morning, as soon as our parents let us, my cousins and I run down the stairs in our pajamas, looking to see what Santa has brought us; however, in my mind, all I can truly think about is the food we’ll be eating for breakfast in a little while. Pancakes and French toast are a given on any occasion, but in our family, breakfast casserole has become a staple for the holidays. It always leaves you feeling warm but not too full—with enough energy to get through all of the family shenanigans that go on during winter break.
My grandma introduced us to this breakfast casserole, though she originally got the recipe from Audene, her neighbor of 35 years. For as long as I can remember, it has been one of my grandma’s signature dishes, and Christmas morning at her house wouldn’t be the same without it. Plus, it is the ultimate solution to the “what should I have for breakfast?” dilemma on any day . Can’t decide between pancakes, French toast, eggs, and sausage? Go ahead, have it all (but you do need to prepare it overnight, so if you know you’re not going to be able to make up your mind, why not go ahead and make it beforehand?)! With the combo of eggs, bread, cheese, and sausage, this casserole is like a “best of” compilation of breakfast foods. Personally, I’m very indecisive, so an option that allows me to have everything at once is ideal. Even better, it’s a way to have a little slice of Christmas any time of year.
Breakfast Casserole Recipe
16 oz package of ground pork sausage
2 cups milk
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
6 slices of bread
1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese
Brown and drain 16 oz package of ground pork sausage. Beat 6 eggs, 2 cups milk, 1 tsp dry mustard, and 1 tsp salt. Add sausage.
Lightly grease a 3 qt glass casserole. Tear up 6 slices of bread into small pieces and spread over the bottom of the casserole. Pour the egg mixture over the bread evenly and top with 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese. Chill overnight and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clear.