Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole

If you’ve ever looked for a go-to breakfast when you’re having family over for a long weekend, having friends over to brunch, or really just to have a great start to the day, this is absolutely it. I tried it out for the first time in May, and it has already made multiple appearances since then.
Something about melted cheese and the smell of sausage gets me every time. My trick was to use lean turkey sausage and use egg substitute for a portion of the recipe to save on the guilt/fat/cholesterol factor. No one was the wiser, and everyone asked for seconds. This is a recipe that has never had any left-overs and will now be a staple on our breakfast table. Pair it with mixed berries or fresh melon, and this is what I call a breakfast of champions. Sorry Wheaties.

Cooking spray
1 package lean turkey breakfast sausage
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 cups egg substitute
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
16 (1-ounce) slices white bread
1 cup finely shredded reduced-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon paprika

How easy is this? Cook sausage in a frying pan for roughly 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine milk, egg substitute, eggs, mustard, salt, black pepper, and red pepper in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Cube bread into 1/2 inch squares, and then add bread cubes, sausage, and cheese into the large bowl with mixed ingredients. After spraying a 13 x 9 inch dish with non-stick cooking spray, pour bowl's contents into casserole dish.

On the original recipe on, it is suggested to put this mixture in the refrigerator overnight or 8 hours. I did this once, and it was awesome. I skipped this step on the second go (pure forgetfulness on my part!) but it was still pretty darn good. Long story short: I wouldn't stress about this step.

Cook casserole 45 minutes at 350 degrees, and then let it stand to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Side perk of this recipe: your house will smell fabulous.


(Click here for printable recipe)

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