Classic Sausage Breakfast Casserole

I love making Jimmy Dean’s sausage breakfast casserole – its so easy and delicious.  I don’t let mine sit overnight, but you certainly can.  It was funny because Hannah’s bedroom is right off the kitchen.  She said she could hear me start to brown the sausage and had a thought to get up and help me, but then decided if she fell back asleep when she woke up again it would be done and ready to eat!

Jimmy Dean’s Sausage Casserole

  • 1 tube of Sage Jimmy Dean sausage
  • 6 cups mixed bread, cut into chunks (I had some stale bread that was perfect)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Brown the sausage.  In a large bowl, mix the eggs and milk together.  Toss in the bread and press down to make sure all the bread gets the egg mixture.  Toss in the cooked sausage and mix well.  Place in a large casserole dish.  Top with shredded cheese and bake for 45 minutes at 350.

Hannah bought me the mother load of hot sauces!  12 in all – one for every month in 2012!

I started with this one – it was really good!

My piece of heaven:

The weather wasn’t too bad for Chicago – it was in the low 40’s, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a whole lot of wind.  Hannah and I ended up going on a 45 minute walk – so refreshing!  This is us trying to say “Merry Christmas!”

Tony felt like he might be up for eating something more substantial for Christmas dinner.  Hannah and I went to the Fresh Market and I was walking back and forth trying to decide what to make.  I didn’t want to do any type of red meat, I thought it might be too heavy for Tony after eating such bland food.

I ended up buying a roasting chicken and decided to grill it.  I made baked potatoes on the side and it was perfect.  I brined my chicken the day before and then just put a dry rub on the chicken – it had a bit too much spice for Tony – lots of peppercorns!

Doesn't everyone have a snowman apron? 😀

The chicken turned out perfect – super juicy and tender.  And its going to make a mean chicken noodle soup today!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Hannah and I are going to hit up the gym this afternoon when she gets home from work.  And we may end up in the hot tub! 😀

Make it a great day!


26 thoughts on “Classic Sausage Breakfast Casserole

  1. Mmm…roast chicken sounds just perfect to me after so much heavy food the past few days!

    Merry Christmas, Biz! Enjoy your day with Hannah!


    WOW – Great looking chicken. Have you posted in the past how you roast your chicken?

    • I don’t really have a written down recipe for grilled chicken – although I now always cut the back out of the chicken and butterfly cook it on top of a cast iron skillet – it allows the juices to drip so you get a crispy skin. I put my coals on one side of the grill and the chicken on the other side – it cooks with indirect heat – this was a 3.75 pound chicken, and it took about an hour and 15 minutes to cook. 😀

  3. Hot sauce is such a great gift for you!! The chicken looks perfect. Glad you had a nice christmas

  4. What a nice day – and I can’t believe you can grill outside! We can’t get our grill hot enough.

    Both John and I had snowman aprons on for cooking this weekend LOL!

  5. I make a similar breakfast casserole, only mine has *whispers* onions in it. And red bell peppers. This year Jeff made it while I was at work – came out pretty good!

    Love the hot sauce gift pack – perfect gift for you. Cute shot of you grilling – and OF COURSE you have a snowman apron! Were you wearing snowman socks, too? 🙂

  6. Ha! That hot sauce. What a perfect gift find for you!
    I made an emeril recipe with leftover turkey and mashed potatoes last night (thanksgiving leftovers shepherds pie) and my family thought it was one of the greatest things ever. I imagine it’d be great with leftover shredded chicken as well!

  7. Merry Christmas Biz! Love the snowman apron and the gift of hot sauces. Wish I would have looked for something like that for Andy. Doh!

    I love sausage casserole. I made it for dinner last year. Delicious.

  8. Love your apron; looks like it was a beautiful day to grill!! 🙂 We lost power for 3 hours and I was expecting 25 people for dinner! It came back on 2 hours before dinner started, talk about a rush to get things on the table! Damn wind and rain, but it all turned out good!

  9. Weighting For 50

    Looks like a great Christmas Vat. I don’t have snowman apron, but I has a saucy Mrs. Santa apron. 🙂 Speaking of saucy, LOVE the hot sauce set, how fun. Enjoy the rest of the holidays. Best wishes to you, Tony and Hannah.

  10. Wow. Between the casserole and the chicken, I think I’m moving in to your house 😉
    I’m cracking up at the Merry Christmas “sign”, Love it!!!

  11. I’m with Hannah I would have stayed in bed too.

    That chicken looks delicious! I have never grilled a chicken like that. I think I need to try it.

  12. No, no we don’t all have a snowman apron. ::sniff, sniff:: – but i am rectifying that next year. I am sure I can hint my way [with Pooldad] into one. heehee. Love yours.

    I made the same casserole [for the first time] but added apple, cinnamon and sugar. Pooldad said that he loved it and if didn’t have the apples and sugar he would be putting hot sauce on it too. I love that Hannah gifted you those hot sauces. Those are the perfect gift for you!

    I am glad that Tony tried something a bit more. Your chicken looks delicious. Did you cut it up the back before putting it on the grill – and what kind of chips – and for how long did you smoke it. [See YOU created a couple of monsters over here! Pooldad wants to do chicken next too. YUM]

    Have a great week and don’t work too hard. 🙂

    • Yes, I cut the back out before putting it on the grill. I didn’t use any chips this time, just natural charcoal – coals on one side and the chicken on the other, leaving the top off about 1/2 an inch to let more air in to keep the coals stoked – this wasn’t done in our smoker, just on our good old Weber. 😀

  13. I thought you and Hannah were throwing up gang signs ;). Glad everyone had a nice Christmas, it went by in a whirlwind!! I have this casserole in the oven right now! We love breakfast for dinner.

  14. That chicken looks amazing! That’s great that Tony was up to eating something more substantial.

    No snowman apron here! I do have a solid green one I wear all the time – I love wearing an apron.

  15. Our family is just like yours…we have breakfast casserole every chance we can get! Had it this weekend as well:)

  16. I’m cracking up over your Merry Christmas gang signs! 😉 That apron is the cutest ever!

  17. I love that breakfast casserole, so simple and yummy!

    Also, I bought that hot sauce set for my cousin for Christmas, he also loved it. 🙂

  18. Merry Christmas Biz! I made a similar casserole dish for Christmas morning…an egg strata with sausage, cheese and peppers. so good. Been missing for too long around the blogsphere. Need to read and catch up on everyone!

  19. Wow, I can’t believe how green your grass is! I know we don’t have snow yet but it’s brown and gross here. Love the hot sauce gift, so perfect for you!

  20. Hot sauce!! What a perfect gift for you!!!! 🙂
    Merry Christmas, Biz……..glad everyone is home and healthy.

  21. Holy hot sauce! That is an awesome gift. The weather has been so unseasonably mild. I can’t even believe I am still running outdoors. Hannah looks so much like you.

    I love your snowman apron!! Have a great day.

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