One of my two sisters (both excellent cooks) brought this delicious casserole to a baby shower our family hosted years ago. It has since become a go-to dish for holiday breakfasts and relaxed overnight company brunches. I love it because it can be made ahead and baked just before serving, but also because you can create your own variations with different flavored sausages, cheese varieties, and even breads. My current favorite uses Rumiano Organic Pepper Jack Cheese. There’s something very satisfying about choosing Rumiano’s Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Kosher, American Humane Certified cheeses. There is even more satisfaction in eating this super creamy Monterey Jack cheese spiked with red and green jalapeño peppers. It makes a mean turkey and pepper jack panini, elevates a cheese and cracker snack to an art form, and is wonderful in recipes.
Sausage Brunch Casserole
- Six slices of bread, cubed
- 1 pound ground pork sausage
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms, sautéed in butter
- 8 ounces Rumiano Organic Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish or prepare with nonstick spray. Brown sausage in a large skillet and drain well. Spread cubed bread in the bottom of the casserole dish, spread sausage over the bread, and top with mushrooms. Grate the cheese and spread over the other ingredients.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs together and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, then pour over the sausage mixture. Bake for 30 minutes and serve.
Almost any kind of bread works well in the casserole. I have used white, wheat, sourdough, and gluten-free breads with great success.
Use canned or freshly sautéed mushrooms. I like to keep sautéed mushrooms in 1/2 cup portions frozen and ready to pop into recipes. If you choose canned mushroom, drain off the liquid.
After assembling the casserole, you can cover and refrigerate it overnight. You may need to add about 5 minutes to the baking time.
We became fans of Rumiano cheeses when we tried their Garlic Jack Cheese several years ago. We love their family history, their socially conscious business model, and most of all, their great-tasting cheeses!
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