Sausage Breakfast Casserole

by Kathy Strahs on May 8, 2009 · 17 comments

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It’s Part II of my “virtual” Mother’s Day brunch! To complement the brown sugary, melt-in-your-mouth Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake, I’ll be celebrating my mom and mom-in-law with a savory Sausage Breakfast Casserole. I know they’ll love it – both moms have prepared similar dishes for my husband and me when we’ve visited. It’s the kind of breakfast we look forward to when we’re together.

The hot sausage and pepper jack cheese give the casserole a little kick of heat without being overly spicy. With the custard soaked into cubes of country bread the dish is very much like a savory bread pudding, or strata. The mustard in the custard (I’ve been reading too much Dr. Seuss!) adds such incredible flavor yet it’s subtle enough that the non-mustard fan in our house still doesn’t know it was in there. I was intimidated at first by the idea of using ten eggs – it’s a few more than I’m used to in a single recipe – but I came around when I realized it worked out to fewer than two eggs per person.

A slice of this casserole is a meal in itself. But if you’re like me, you’ve always got a little room for cake too.

Happy Mother’s Day!

P.S. I’m submitting this to the Celebrating Mother’s Day blog event on Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality – the roundup of dishes will be posted on May 10.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole



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The Duo Dishes May 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Yum! This just screams Southern breakfast. You get a little bit of everything in one bite. We would not be opposed to using grits or polenta instead of bread for a true all-in-one-breakfast. :0

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dawn May 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I am the only one in the family that loves my sausage, so I could have this all to myself then. LOL

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Susan May 9, 2009 at 7:53 AM

Looks delicious!


Ivy May 9, 2009 at 10:54 PM

I’d love this for breakfast, especially if someone else would make it for me 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day

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Pam May 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Now that’s my kind of breakfast. It looks and sounds delicious!

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Heidi / Savory Tv May 24, 2009 at 7:35 PM

This looks so wonderful! Breakfast is truly my favorite meal of the day. Cheers!

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Kevin May 28, 2009 at 7:00 PM

That is one tasty looking breakfast!


Anna June 15, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Actually this is just like stratta! We make it every year on Christmas morning. 🙂


Brandi August 1, 2010 at 3:35 PM

2 questions:
1) Do you think ground turkey could substitute the hot pork breakfast sausage? If so, what do you think I could do to make it hot like the pork you used ?
2) Cubed bread… just use regular sandwich bread and cut it into cubes without the crust?

Thanks for your help.


Kathy August 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Hi Brandi – If you’d prefer to use turkey rather than pork, I’d suggest going for a turkey sausage. That way you’ll have all the good sausage flavors (which are pretty integral to the dish). As for the bread, I like to use artisan loaves from the bakery dept at the grocery store so I can cut it into 1″ cubes. I usually cut off the crusts.


Brandi September 14, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I ended up making this for my boyfriend’s birthday last week and we both really liked it 🙂 I used a breakfast turkey sausage and it turned out really well. I assembled mine the night before and it wasn’t very time consuming. I’ll definitely be making it again!


Kathy September 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

So glad it worked out well for you!


Shannon January 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Made this for my family this morning and it was delicious! I would recommend leaving out the salt, however. The cheese and sausage made it plenty salty already.



Sharron February 16, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Can this be made and cooked ahead then frozen. I have company coming to visit and would like to do a few do ahead dishes. This one sounds great.


Kathy Strahs February 16, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Hmmm…maybe? I’m afraid I’m not a big freeze-ahead person, I haven’t tried it. ~Kathy


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