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Simple Breakfast Sausage Casserole

If you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast casserole, one sure to please a crowd, this is the recipe for you! It’s warm, delicious, and packed full of flavor! 

Why are Breakfast Casseroles so Popular? 

Let’s face it, we all love easy recipes. And they’re even better if they can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. 

That’s the case with this recipe. I needed something to take to a ministry event, (one where we feed 120+ people a delicious in a local park). I knew that breakfast casseroles would be perfect, but which ones? 

I decided right away to make my delicious Hashbrown casserole. Folks love that one and it can be prepped the night before. And then I also added my Ultimate Cinnamon Roll casserole. It’s easy and delicious. 

But I still needed another savory one. I didn’t have any leftover hashbrowns but I had plenty of sausage. I also had a loaf of French bread. And that, my friends, if how I settled on this recipe. I searched the Internet until I found this simple recipe at All Recipes.

I’ll tell you more about the outcome of this recipe later, but let’s start by talking about the ingredients. 

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Ingredients

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You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick look at what you’ll need. These are simple ingredients you might already have on hand. 

  • ground pork sausage
  • mustard powder
  • salt
  • large eggs, beaten
  • milk
  • loaf of French or Brioche bread
  • mild or sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • more cheese for topping

How to Make Breakfast Sausage Casserole

The night before you make this dish you can cut up your loaf of bread and leave it out to dry. If you don’t have this option, cube and place in 350 degree oven for a few minutes to get toasty. Set aside. 

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe from Out of the Box Baking.com

Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside. 

In a large skillet, fry the sausage over medium-high heat, (ground meat style) until you have brown sausage in small pieces.

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Set aside on paper towels to drain. 

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe from Out of the Box Baking.com

In a large bowl, whisk the egg and add milk and seasonings. (I didn’t use mustard powder because I’m not a fan.) 

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Add the cooked sausage crumbles, the dried bread cubes, and the grated cheese. 

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe from Out of the Box Baking.com

Mix until well coated with egg mixture.

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe from Out of the Box Baking.com

Pour into prepared casserole dish. I used a throw-away foil version so that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting it back after-the-fact.

You can cover this sausage mixture with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight if you prefer.  

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Add a cup of grated cheese to the top of the casserole.

Cover casserole with aluminum foil. 

Bake for 45 – 60 minutes and remove the foil. 

Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Remove foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until set and golden brown. 

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe from Out of the Box Baking.com

Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. 

Leftovers should be store in the refrigerator, covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. They will be good for 2 – 3 days. 

What to Expect from this Recipe

Breakfast Sausage Casserole Recipe from Out of the Box Baking.com

If you love the flavor of breakfast sausage, you’re going to love this one, folks! The people at our breakfast in the park sure did. 

That melty cheesy, that lovely soft bread base, and that delicious sausage. . . wow! Talk about the icing on the proverbial cake! 

Is there anything more filling or comforting than a casserole like this on a chilly winter’s morning? I think not. Throw in a big cup of coffee or hot cocoa and you’ve got a full meal! 

And that’s the joy of this: you really have all of the components of a complete meal in one bowl: protein (sausage and eggs) fiber (bread) and dairy (cheese). 

Talk about an easy and delicious way to start your day! And talk about perfect for holiday mornings! This is the ideal Christmas bake, y’all!

Variations on this Recipe

This is so simple and delicious. You might want to leave it alone! But if you’re inclined to add more, here are some suggestions: 

Spice it up! You can add a small drained can of chopped green chilis (or a chopped jalapeño) to this recipe to spice things up. If you go this route, use the hot/spicy Jimmy Dean sausage. (Yum!) You can also go with Pepper Jack cheese. Top with a dollop of sour cream and serve with salsa or hot sauce.

Maple sausage: If you want a sweeter flavor profile, add maple flavored breakfast sausage and a half cup of maple syrup. This will really sweeten things up. 

Hashbrowns: If you like, you can stir in a few cups of thawed hash browns into the mix. 

Bell peppers: If you want to add a different flavor profile, chop up half a bell pepper and add it to the recipe. Another option to add color would be green onions.

Italian seasoning: You can use the same recipe with different cheeses (say, mozzarella or parmesan) with some Italian seasoning added to the sausage and milk mixture.

Heavy cream: If you prefer, you can thicken things up and make this even richer by replacing the milk with heavy whipping cream.

With just a few tweaks, this is one of those breakfast recipes you can use again and again, making it slightly different each time!

Other Breakfast Bakes from Out of the Box Baking

That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious and easy recipe, a great breakfast option for your family. 

If you make this recipe and love it, don’t forget to leave a review and a comment below. And while you’re at it, go ahead and pin some photos to your Pinterest boards!


See this recipe at

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 165 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

Simple Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Simple Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes

If you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast casserole, one sure to please a crowd, this is the recipe for you! It's warm, delicious, and packed full of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 loaf French or Brioche bread, toasted and cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces mild or sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • additional shredded cheese for topping (about one cup)

Instructions

  1. The night before you make this dish you can cut up your loaf of bread and leave it out to dry. If you don’t have this option, cube and place in 350 degree oven for a few minutes to get toasty. Set aside.
  2. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
    Fry the sausage, (ground meat style).
  3. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  4. Whisk the egg and add milk and seasonings. (I didn’t use mustard powder because I’m not a fan.)
  5. Add the cooked sausage, the dried bread cubes, and the grated cheese.
    Pour into prepared baking dish. You can cover this mixture and place in the refrigerator overnight if you prefer.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Add a cup of grated cheese to the top of the casserole.
  8. Cover casserole with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes and remove the foil.
  10. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  11. Remove foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until set and golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  13. Leftovers should be store in the refrigerator, covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. They will be good for 2 - 3 days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 621mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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