Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Morning Casserole (Make Ahead!)

I don't normally share recipes more than once a week here on the blog, but today's recipe is one that was a staple in my childhood home on Christmas mornings. Growing up, I didn't care much for it, namely because having to sit down and eat it meant time spent waiting to run and see what Santa might have brought me! As an adult, I can appreciate the cheesy deliciousness.

My mom passed the recipe on to her girls, and I have perfected it by adding more cheese, which makes everything better if you ask just about anyone (except, of course for T).

So I hope you'll forgive my unspoken "I don't post recipes more than once a week rule." I thought I'd go ahead and share this one and give you a chance to make one last mad dash to the grocery store this holiday week.

Christmas Morning Casserole

1 to 2 pounds mild sausage
2 eggs
1 1/4 c. milk
2 c. seasoned bread crumbs
1 to 2 cups cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup

*The Night Before-- Ground and cook sausage. Drain and put in bottom of baking pan. Sprinkle 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs over top. Mix eggs with 1 cup of milk and pour on top. Sprinkled cheddar cheese on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
*The Morning Of-- Mix 1/4 cup milk with mushroom soup and pour on top of casserole. Top with cheese. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic of the casserole just out of the oven, so you'll have to settle for this "leftovers" shot from the next day...just out of the microwave. It doesn't do justice to the perfection that is this casserole, but you get an idea.
Sausage, Egg, and Cheese (Make Ahead) Breakfast Casserole, from Serenity Now

If Mom makes this, I usually bring my friend L's recipe for apple dumplings, but I'm toying with the idea of monkeybread or cinnamon rolls....

{What's your favorite thing to eat on Christmas morning?}

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  1. This looks good! I'm glad that you broke your rule to share the recipe with us. I actually might make this for dinner after Christmas instead of for breakfast.

    Since it is just the two of us on Christmas, I don't think I'm going to make a breakfast this year. Last year I did a casserole similar to yours and it spoiled my appetite a bit for my mom's oysters. I think I might just let Mr. SP eat his usual Pop Tart and I'll have some cereal. I would hate to let an oyster go to waste later in the day!

  2. Oh yum! I've been looking for new breakfast recipies. I usually stick to a spinach egg & bacon quiche or my cheesy hash brown casserole which is always a hit but I only make a few times a year b/c it's ridiculous how much butter & cheese goes into it :-)

  3. This looks similar to the casserole my sister in law makes, but the mushroom soup is new! I'll bet it makes it so creamy!

    We always have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, my dad started this tradition and it just doesn't seem like Christmas without them!

  4. My head got stuck at the words cinnamon rolls...yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  5. Amanda, this looks really tasty! Do you use a 9 x 13 pan or smaller? Forgive me if I missed it, sometimes my new mommy brain plays tricks on me.

  6. YUM! My mouth is watering!
    Between this and your mention of cinnamon rolls - I'm ready to eat!

  7. I like to use extra sharp cheddar and hot sausage! Are you making my rolls to take to Bev's?

  8. Sounds delicious! Never had it with dry bread crumbs. I usually use fresh bread. Going to try it over the holidays.

  9. Amanda- we eat almost this very same casserole on Christmas, too!! It's SO yummy, I just love it and can't wait till Christmas!

  10. That looks delicious. I almost always do monkey bread and a similar casserole. MMMM Good!

  11. Make ahead - those two magical words I love to hear! OR even better, what time should we be there on Saturday?

    I usually do cinnamon rolls - I posted my cheat recipe. Then we have a heavy afternoon lupper, linner, or whatever you call that.

  12. We always have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. But I was thinking today that I should make a breakfast casserole on Christmas Eve morning. I think I will. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. Coffee!!! Ha!!
    Merry Christmas and hugs

  14. I've been thinking about what to fix for Christmas morning. This is a great idea! Thanks.  I'd  love to have you link this us to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 


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