Holiday Brunch Casserole

I’m not sure why this recipe is titled “Holiday” Brunch Casserole.  You certainly don’t have to, and definitley shouldn’t, wait for a holiday to make this! This delicious and satisfying casserole is the perfect dish to make any time you have a crowd to feed.  I also like to use it as an excuse to create a crowd to feed.

“My sister and her family are coming next weekend.  Let’s make this brunch casserole for them.”

“I want to eat this yummy casserole.  Let’s host a brunch.”

See, either way it’s a winner.  And if it happens to be a holiday, that’s an added bonus.

 

Holiday Brunch Casserole
from Jimmy DeanBrunch Casserole

Ingredients
1 pkg Jimmy Dean sausage (regular, light or New! Country Mild), cooked, drained and crumbled
1 5.5 oz box of seasoned croutons
4 eggs
2 c milk
1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 16 oz pkg Italian style frozen vegetables
1 c Cheddar cheese, grated
1 c Monterey Jack cheese, grated

What To Do
Line the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish with croutons.  Sprinkle cooked sausage over croutons.  Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl, until thoroughly mixed.  Add remaining ingredients, mixing well with a spoon.  Pour egg mixture over sausage.  Bake in a 350° oven for 1 hour.  This recipe may be prepared ahead and refrigerated overnight before baking.

My Comments
Of course, you can use any brand or kind of sausage your heart desires.  I don’t think I’ve ever bought Jimmy Dean sausage.

If you’re going to buy pre-shredded cheese, look for a 2-cup bag that has a mixture of Cheddar and Monterey Jack in it.  That way you don’t have to measure the cheese – just dump the whole bag in.  I’m sure other types of cheese would work just fine too.  Try whatever you like!

I love that you can prep this the night before and I always do.  For me, it’s much more efficient and my morning goes much smoother.

Yes, it takes a whole hour (gasp) to bake but you can do so many things in an hour: go back to bed with the alarm set really loudly, set the table, prepare some fresh fruit, make coffee or tea, take a shower, read the paper, visit with your guests if they’re already there, do some chores, take the dog for a walk…you get the idea.

The recipe says it serves 8 but that really depends on how hungry everyone is and what else there is to eat.

 

I’ve made this casserole several times and each time it was a hit.  If you have the occasion to make this, or make this to have an occasion, I hope you love it too.

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