Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, but it’s also my favorite.   It really starts my day off on the right foot and keeps me going.   If I had to skip a meal, it most certainly would not be breakfast.  Some people may disagree with me and that’s their right, but I always make sure to eat a good breakfast.  And I make sure my kids do the same.

So back around New Year’s Eve, I decided I wanted to make a good breakfast on January 1st to start the year off on the right foot.  And I decided I would make a cheesy breakfast casserole.  Of which I’m sure there are numerous versions and you can obviously make this casserole to suit your own tastes, the method is really simple.  It just involves bread, milk or cream, eggs, cheese and what ever other ingredients you like.  It does require a little planning in advance, but not a lot of active preparation time.  Basically, you throw the casserole together the night before you want to eat it, and then in the morning you bake it off.  I think I originally wanted to make it for Christmas morning, but as the holidays go, things get really busy in my house on Christmas Eve, so I scrapped plans and decided to make it later.

Start with some cubed brioche bread.   Place in the bottom of a greased 3 quart casserole dish.

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Fry breakfast sausage in a little olive oil.

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Until it is brown and crumbly.

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Layer the sausage on top of the bread.

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Then in the same pan that the sausage was cooked in, saute the diced onions until translucent (about 5-7 min).  You can omit these if you want, but I really like adding onions (to pretty much everything).

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Layer on top of the sausage.  This is also where you can add other ingredients, like veggies, bell peppers, etc.

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Then top with a layer of shredded cheese.

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In a small bowl add eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

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Whisk until combined.

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Pour on top of the casserole, cover and let set in refrigerator overnight (or at least 2 hours).

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Bake in a 375 degree oven for 50-60 minutes (or until set and the eggs are cooked).

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:
8 slices brioche bread, cubed
1 lb pork breakfast sausage
1 medium sweet onion, diced (optional)
extra virgin olive oil (about 1 Tablespoon)
2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
5 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
sprinkle of salt

Place the cubed brioche bread in the bottom of a greased 3 quart casserole dish.  In a medium skillet over medium heat, fry the breakfast sausage with a little olive oil.  Cook until brown and crumbly.  Layer on top of the bread.  In the same skillet, using the sausage grease, fry the diced onion for about 5-7 minutes.  The onion is optional.   You could also add other veggies here if you wanted to.  Top with shredded cheese.  Then in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Pour over the casserole.  Cover and place in refrigerator overnight or at least for 2 hours.  The next morning, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Bake the casserole at 375 degrees for about 50-60 minutes, until the casserole is set and the eggs are cooked.

Serve and enjoy!

Caroline