Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Total Time:
9 hr
8 hr
1 hr

12 servings

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 1/2 loaf of sliced white loaf bread
  • 1 pound fresh bulk pork sausage with sage
  • 10 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten

Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and spread in the bottom of a greased 9- by 13- by 2- inch casserole dish.

In a medium skillet, brown the sausage over medium heat until fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to drain the fat. Spread the cooked sausage over the bread and top with the cheese. Then stir together the, half-and-half, dry mustard, salt and eggs. Pour this mixture over the cheese. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the covered casserole until set and slightly golden, about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the casserole to set for 15 minutes before serving.

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    What exactly are her qualifications as a cook? She doesn't make anything that is new or different. In fact, she is taking classics, such as this recipe, and making them awful. Fortunately, I previewed this before I made it for houseguests. There are plenty of good breakfast casserole recipes out there. This is not one of them.
    Is she afraid to use spices and herbs? The predominant flavor was SALT. The second time I made a version of it, I used cracked wheat sour dough (far better texture); 1/2 pound each ground beef and ground pork (far less grease puddles); extra-sharp cheddar (real tang); whole milk (less fat, same flavor); and added gound sage, garlic, paprika, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Whole new recipe? Almost. But great flavor and worth making!
    I am a fairly novice cook and have difficulty with vague quantities so please forgive my ignorance. In my neck of the woods we have several size loaves of bread(giant, regular and large). So exactly how many slices would constitute one half loaf irregardless of the size of the loaf?
    Does anyone know if the leftovers can be frozen and reheated later?
    I don't know what is the problem with justbeachy65 but I have found many recipes from this show that my family loves and we have put in our regular rotation. Clearly a lot of people agree. Maybe beachy just has different taste but don't ruin it for the rest of us for whom this is a favorite. If you don't like it - DON'T WATCH
    Nothing new here. I make this every Christmas. I use regular milk and rye bread. Gives it better flavor.
    I completely agree! She is just awful!
    I have made many of her recipes and they have all been great! I'm not looking for gourmet....just every day recipes that are easy to make and her's are perfect.
    I made this with sourdough bread, because that's all I had and it was delicious. It's very filling so you don't need a very big piece. I just served it with fresh fruit. My family loved it. In response to frenchfryes44. I used a whisk and really mixed the eggs, mustard and milk together so I didn't have any problem with the dry mustard clumping up.
    The dry mustard did not mix well in the egg and milk mixter and we got bites of tangy dry mustard. My family wants me to leave out the dry mustard when I make again. I am thinking it would be a good idea to add onion, green pepper and tomato giving it a southwest flair. Maybe add some cayenne pepper.
    I found this entire episode to be way to rich to serve together and definitely not heart healthy. A nice bowl of fresh fruit was needed instead of the potato casserole.
    Just made this for lunch with pork sausage. Sage flavor not available so I added abt 1 tsp. of dried sage in the egg mixture but I think it could use more as it was a rather mild tasting casserole. The egg-milk-bread consistency was fine. Maybe those who c/o bread being soggy needed to use more bread cubes. Recipe calls for 1/2 loaf which can vary depending on size of bread being used. I used about 6 cups of bread cubes using a mix of white bread and French bread with crusts that I had in freezer.
    Awesome! I found a local butcher, so the sausage was the real star with home made bread from the farmers market. Well worth doing the night before as the dish is great. I added a couple of serrano and jalapeno peppers! Thanks for a great recipe!
    Great recipe and super easy to make! My boyfriend and I make this at least twice a month for brunch. Perfect with a super-spicy bloody mary on the side. The only thing we do differently is use hot breakfast sausage instead of sage and a put few dashes of hot sauce in the egg mixture
    I made this for breakfast on Christmas morning (2013). My husband and I loved it! I used a grocery store sage sausage and it was a little spicy. My three kids were the only ones to object to the spice. I would highly recommend this breakfast dish. Its very similar to a strata and is yummy reheated for lunch the next day. Great dish!
    I enjoyed this recipe. It was fluffy, flavorful and moist. I used whole milk and let it soak for five minutes. Had I not made the dish myself, I would not have known there was bread in it. I will certainly make it again. I may do some substitutions in the future like skim milk, whole wheat bread and turkey sausage. The recipe seems very versatile.
    This recipe has been a Christmas morning tradition for my family ever since I got it out of a Chicago newspaper in the late 1970's. There is was called "Make Ahead Sausage Souffle" because you can make it up a day or two in advance and then bake when needed. I make it in a 1 and 1/2 quart casserole dish. You don't need to use half and half - I make it with skim milk and it is still incredibly rich. You can also substitute bacon, ham, etc for the sausage, use any type of cheese you wish, and any type of herbs you wish. I also use whatever bread I have on hand - this year I made it with English muffins. It's fun to experiment and it always turns out great.!
    This recipe was a hit! It will now become a tradition in our household.
    Delicious! Everyone loved it- even my boyfriend who is a very picky eater.
    I made this for Christmas breakfast this year and only added sauteed chopped onions was a great hit with the family
    delicious and adaptable! I made this for a breakfast for dinner Christmas party. Both kids and adults loved this. Not too soggy and not too dry. I only had whole milk instead of half and half and it was still amazing. I also did not let it set overnight with no adverse effects. I made a different version with extra garlic and a dash of red pepper flakes for our own table. You can adapt this with many different spices. My go to breakfast casserole for sure.
    I was looking for a casserole for Christmas morning. Something that could be prepared the night before. I will definitely give this a try.
    I used wheat bread and smashed turkey links added 1 tsp minced onions, 1 tsp garlic powder and cut the salt in half. I only left it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Also didn't have half and half so I used 1/2 heavy cream with 1/2 2% milk the results were pretty good flavor.
    Made this for a football brunch and it was a huge hit! Easy, very tasty and it stayed moist, unlike some breakfast casseroles I've had. Will definitely make this my "go to" brunch casserole!
    Great to make for a large family like I have they love it!
    I enjoyed this very much just enough egg and sausage mixture and everything taste good with cheese in it
    Delicious and super easy! Best part is that there was no chopping, mixing or assembly first thing in the morning. Just slid it in the oven and enjoyed some coffee and Pogo games while it baked.
    This recipe was so good! I used tater tots instead of bread. Jennie-O turkey bfast sausage instead of regular sausage and non-fat milk instead of half and half. There was, however, nothing low-fat tasting about this casserole, everybody I invited over raved about it :)
    I made this for a breakfast potluck at work. Definitely easy and yummy! i'm ready to make it again!
    Awesome! My husband loved it. He ate all the rest the next day, not a drop left. I'd love to try this with home fries in the bottom sometime. WTG Trisha Love Love Love your show!
    added lots of onions and green chile's; YUM. served with avocado slices and side of fresh mango.
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