A couple of years ago, I tried to make a breakfast casserole for overnight guests from a recipe I had not used before. I went to get some bread out of my pantry, and all I had was hamburger buns. All I can tell you is that I don’t know what it was about those hamburger buns, but it was the most awful mess I have ever tried to serve anyone. (Sorry Candace and Tommy!) Since that day, I had been a bit gun shy when it comes to breakfast casseroles, as you can imagine.
Then, about 18 months ago when I was working in Hickory Public Schools, the principal of Hickory Career and Arts Magnet sent a recipe to her faculty. From what I could piece together, the faculty had a covered dish breakfast, and Kelly Owen, the principal, had made this breakfast casserole. Evidently, it was a smashing success. I read the recipe at my desk and decided to take it home and try it. I printed a copy and put it in the back of my recipe book.
A few months ago, I found the recipe and decided to give it a try. I am glad I printed that copy, and I am glad I was on the HCAM E-mail list serv. 🙂
From start to finish, this recipe will approximately 90 minutes.
(Allow casserole to refrigerate overnight before baking.)
1 lb. Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage
1 lb. Jimmy Dean Regular Sausage
½ tsp. ground mustard
Salt and Pepper to Taste
4 cups milk
2 cups bread crumbs (fresh bread torn into small pieces)
2 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
Brown sausage, drain and cool.
Whisk together in a large bowl the eggs, mustard, salt/pepper, and milk.
In another bowl, combine cooked sausage, cheese, and bread crumbs.
Layer in 9×13 casserole dish ½ milk/egg mixture, ½ sausage mixture.*
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
*Do not use a casserole dish any smaller than 9×13!