Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breakfast Casserole

Who doesn't love a hearty breakfast?   Or Breakfast for Dinner?  Well...we do.  I love this is super tasty and very filling. You can add whatever you might like to make it your own...saute onions or mushrooms, different cheeses, different spices, different breads... experiment and be brave! 
This is also a great meal if you have company, or maybe for Christmas morning when you would rather be opening gifts and visiting instead of cooking!  It can be made the night before and baked in the morning...what could be better or easier?  Your family or guest will be so impressed they will sing your praises to everyone they meet.  seriously!

Breakfast Casserole

16 oz bulk breakfast sausage (your favorite brand/flavor) browned and crumbled I used Bob Evans Savory Sage
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
6 slices bacon  crisp and crumbled
4 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
4 tbl sun dried tomatoes julienned
8 slices white bread cut in cubes
3 slices multi grain bread cut in cubes
3 slices pumpernickel bread cut in cubes
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Spray a 13x9 baking pan with Cooking Spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 400. 
In a large bowl beat eggs, milk. Add tomatoes, thyme, bacon..stir well.  add cubed bread and gently fold until all of the bread is careful not to break up the bread too much . add sausage and  1 1/2 cups cheddar. gently fold these in as well.  Pour into to prepared baking dish. top with remaining cheddar. 
Bake for 30 - 40 until set and browned.

***  you can prepare the dish up until baking the night before...then pop in the oven in the morning! Great when you have company or for a party.

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