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Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
with winter fruit salad / mimosas

Active: 45 minTotal: 2 hr 10 min

Filled with sausage, eggs and cheese, this breakfast casserole is a savory dish that works well any time of day. Fruit salad is a great fresh and naturally sweet dish to serve on the side.
Smarts: After assembling the casserole, let it rest for 20 minutes or as long as overnight. The egg mixture will soak into the bread cubes and give the finished dish a texture that is soft in the middle and crisp on the top.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole:
  • Baguette - 6 oz, cubed
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pork breakfast sausage, ground - 12 oz
  • Cheese, shredded cheddar - 5 oz
  • Eggs - 4
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Heavy cream - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Winter Fruit Salad:
  • Apples, any type - 1, cubed
  • Oranges, mandarin - 4, segments (sub canned mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed)
  • Kiwis - 4, peeled and sliced
  • Pomegranate seeds - 1/3 cup (look for these removed from the pomegranate shells in the produce section)
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Poppy seeds (opt) - 1 tsp
Mimosas:
  • Sparkling wine or champagne (opt) - 1/2 bottle
  • Orange juice (opt) - 2 cups
  • Ice (opt) - for serving

Nutrition Facts

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Prep

  1. Baguette - Slice into ½” / 1.3cm cubes. Leave the cubes out on the kitchen counter for up to 8 hours. They will hold up better in the casserole if they are a bit dry / stale. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  2. Bell peppers - Dice bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cook peppers and sausage - Heat oil (portion for casserole) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and saute until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add sausage and cook, breaking apart, until sausage is browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain off as much oil as possible. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Assemble casserole - Spray an 8” x 8” / 20cm x 20cm square baker with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some oil. Layer in half the bread cubes, half the cheese and half the sausage / peppers. Add another layer with remaining bread cubes, cheese and sausage / peppers. Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, salt and black pepper. Pour liquid over casserole. Let stand for 20 minutes or refrigerate for up to 8 hours. (Can be done 8 hours ahead)
  5. Make fruit salad - Prep apples, oranges, kiwis and pomegranate as directed. Whisk together lemon juice, honey, oil (portion for fruit salad) and poppy seeds. Gently toss fruit in dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make

  1. Heat oven to 350F / 177C.
  2. Remove casserole from refrigerator and press down on the top to fully submerge bread in egg mixture. Place casserole near the oven as it heats so it comes close to room temperature before baking.
  3. Bake casserole until eggs are set and the surface is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes (if you baked the casserole directly from the fridge, it will need an extra 5-7 minutes).
  4. Let casserole rest on top of the warm oven for 10 minutes before serving (it will be more firm and slice more easily if allowed to rest).
  5. If making mimosas, combine sparkling wine / champagne with orange juice in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice. Pour mimosas over ice. (If you have any pomegranate seeds left, add a few to each mimosa for a pop of color.)
  6. Serve casserole with fruit salad on the side. Enjoy with mimosas!

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Nutrition Facts

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (51)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (4)

27 reviews

I made this for a big group Christmas breakfast. It was a fantastic brunch item and people raved about. This is my new favorite breakfast casserole. And yes, it took a lot longer to bake until done, so add at least 20 minutes, especially if you make for a crowd.

By: Sara
Posted: Dec 15, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This is the second time I have had this one and I love it! My sister made it for me once and she keeps it as a quick breakfast for a whole week. I put green peppers (personal preference) in mine this past week and it was great. I also recommend maple sausage for a little extra sweetness.

By: Christina
Posted: Apr 10, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a hit. Everyone loved the casserole. We even had enough leftover for breakfast the next day. First time making a fruit salad like this and it turned out wonderful.

By: Eric
Posted: Feb 20, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We loved it and will make one just to cut up and freeze for an easy breakfast

By: Shannon
Posted: Jan 31, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used chorizo & was amazing

By: Erin
Posted: Jan 21, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It did take WAY longer to bake than as written, but in the end it was worth the wait. We love the red peppers

By: Keelin
Posted: Jan 16, 2018
Diet: Original
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