Breakfast today was a classic Sausage & Egg Casserole
- 4 slices of bread, cut into cubes
- 1/2 lb. bulk sausage, cooked into scrambles
- 1 c. shredded cheese
- 6 eggs
- 2 c. milk
- Salt & pepper
Layer bread, sausage, and cheese into an 8x8 baking dish. Beat eggs and stir in milk and seasonings. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. You can bake right away, but it's best if you let it sit (refrigerated) for at least 2 hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
This recipe is so flexible and forgiving. I only had 5 eggs, so that's what I used. And I used skim (fat-free) milk. Today, I used Mozzarella cheese, but it's wonderful when you use a very sharp Cheddar. If you're using whole milk, you can cut back a lot on the cheese without sacrificing flavor. For vegetarians (but not vegans), you can leave out the sausage. Adding some veggies would be very good. I've made an Italian version using mushrooms and tomatoes with some fresh basil leaves.
Spurred on by my son who asked me to teach his wife about baking bread, I baked two loaves on Monday afternoon and sent one home with them. It had been a long time since I had baked bread and while I easily found the whole wheat flour in the freezer, I couldn't find any all-purpose flour. Son ran out to the store and even though I gave him directions to bring home a small package of flour, he showed up with the 5 pound sack since it was only 30 cents more than the 2 pound package. Of course, yesterday morning I found the missing bag of flour! Not only that, I found another partial bag tucked into the pantry. Therefore, it made sense that I should bake again yesterday when we used up the last of the bread in the house.
When I put together my meal plans for the week, I was planning on Turkey Jambalaya for supper tonight to help me use up some turkey and broth that are in the freezer. When I baked bread last night, I set aside 1/3 of the dough to be used for a pizza crust for our lunch today. But I was late in putting breakfast on to cook this morning, so we wound up eating the sausage & egg casserole for brunch instead of breakfast. It makes sense to skip lunch, probably getting a small snack of apples & peanut butter at mid-afternoon. And then I'll make the pizza for supper since I don't think the dough will be good if I hold it for another day. We have plenty of shredded Mozzarella on hand and left-over spaghetti sauce that I'll simmer down to make pizza sauce. Toppings will include the onion and bell pepper which need to be used and I guess hubby will want pepperoni, ham, or ground beef.