Friday, December 23, 2011

Free Recipe Friday. . .It's Breakfast Time!

If you've ever been to any kind of large family function, potluck, etc.
you have most assuredly had some form of a breakfast/sausage casserole.
There are as many variations of this casserole as there are
bread types!  If you have never attempted to make one,
this one is a pretty good and easy start.
Ellen Watson of Kilgore gave me this recipe
(along with many others) more than 20 years ago.
I don't believe I ever attempted to make it until about 5 or more years later.
It's funny how it has since become
a Christmas tradition in our household.
Even though we have since acquired other favorite breakfast foods....
we just can't stop making THIS one for Christmas!
It's just tradition.

You will only need a few basic ingredients,
and you can most certainly add to these...
such as throwing in a few hashbrowns, etc...
half this recipe or double it. 
It is VERY can easily fudge
the quantities of any of the ingredients!

1 lb. ground pork sausage, cooked
10-12 large eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
2 tsp. dry mustard (or a few squirts of reg. mustard)
2 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. black pepper
8-10 slices of bread, cubed or torn (any kind or a mixture)
2 -3 cups shredded cheddar

Brown sausage, crumble while cooking and drain.
In a separate, medium size bowl, whisk eggs.
Add milk and remaining ingredients.
Stir well.  Toss in cooked sausage and pour all into 
a Pam sprayed 9x13 casserole dish.
Bake in a 350 oven for 45-60 minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit at least 15 minutes.

The original recipe says to prepare the casserole the night before...
and bake the next morning.
That was actually what enticed us to make this for
an early Christmas morning breakfast to begin with!
We have since learned we can whip it up quickly
in the wee hours of Christmas morning
AFTER viewing Santa's bounty.
We toss it into the oven while everyone
oogles over their gifts and while we wait for it to cook,
James cuts open boxes, adds batteries to toys
and we both slurp down our coffee.

The deliciousness comes out of the oven about 45 minutes to an hour later.
We traditionally (as if the casserole was not enough),
heat up some flour tortillas, get out the Albert's Hot Sauce
and turn our servings of this casserole into a breakfast burrito...
along with a few slices of good naval oranges or clementines!

Mmmm...I can smell that orange peel NOW!
We can't wait to have this on Christmas morning...
we hope you will be enjoying something yummy as well!

Merry Christmas!

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