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Breakfast Casserole

I recently experimented with a casserole for a church breakfast, and it drew several compliments, so I figured I’d share it with inquiring, cooking minds here on Falcone’s Crossroads.

The great thing is that this is fairly simple and can be prepared a day ahead, so you only have to throw it in the oven the next morning.  This is great for group breakfasts or special days, like Christmas, for example.

Ingredients

  • Bread (4-8 slices)
  • Sausage, cooked and crumbled (0.5-1lb)
  • Bacon, crisped and crumbled (3-6 strips)
  • Bell peppers and onions, diced (1-1.5 cups)
  • Fresh spinach, chopped (2-3 cups)
  • Shredded cheese (1.5-2 cups)
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

As you can see, there’s plenty of room for customizing according to your tastes.  The most important element of the dish to follow precisely is probably the egg mixture, comprised of the last five ingredients listed.   Other than that, go crazy!

Step 1:  Break up some bread and spread it across the bottom of a sprayed/buttered 9 x 13 casserole dish.  Here, I’ve used some high-fiber, low-carb bread, to keep it in line with our diet, and it worked great.

Casserole layer 1

Step 2:  Add a layer of crumbled, cooked sausage and bacon.  Either breakfast sausage or smoked sausage works fine.  Here I used smoked sausage cooked in skillet then chopped in a food processor.

Casserole layer 2

Step 3:  Add a layer of your choice of peppers and onions.  Green onions are a nice touch, and I actually include a layer of chopped, fresh spinach, too (added after I took the picture).

Casserole layer 3

Step 4:  Throw on the cheese!  I’ve found that sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheeses make a good combo.  An Italian blend gives a nice, smoky accent, too.

Casserole layer 4

Step 5:  Thoroughly whisk together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt and pepper, in a separate bowl.  Pour evenly over the other ingredients.  Be sure to tap the dish around a little, to encourage the egg mixture to fill as many little voids throughout as possible.

Casserole layer 5

Bake 45-50 minutes at 350°F.  Edges should be slightly browned, and center should be puffed and solid.

Casserole layer 6

Enjoy!

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This entry was posted on February 27, 2014 by in Food & Drink and tagged , , , , , .
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