‘Tis the Night Before’ Holiday Breakfast Casserole

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Save yourself some time and trouble this holiday season.  Rather than get up and cook a ham, bacon or sausage and potato breakfast for Santa and his helper, prep this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven Christmas morn. Then you can simply chill all morning along with the Christmas mimosas!  I prefer to use hash browns O’Brien or Tater Tots instead of croutons.

Breakfast Casserole 

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups seasoned croutons or tater tots/hashbrowns

1 pound spicy pork sausage

4 eggs

2 1/4 cups milk

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach – thawed, drained and squeezed dry

1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained and chopped

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

2 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

Spread croutons or potatoes on bottom of greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Crumble sausage into medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain off any drippings. Spread sausage over croutons.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well blended. Stir in soup, spinach, mushrooms, cheeses and mustard. Pour egg mixture over sausage and croutons. Refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until set and lightly browned on top. Garnish with parsley sprigs and serve hot.