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Breakfast casserole cooks while you open presents

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Have you made plans for your Christmas morning breakfast? If not, I have an idea for you — a delicious casserole that you can prepare the night before.

Eating a special Christmas breakfast or brunch is part of the tradition at many homes, including mine.

We have several favorite Christmas breakfast recipes in my family, including a baked apple French bread and a casserole made with grits, sausage and cheese.

This latest recipe is one that many families use and is so adaptable.

It starts with a base of bread that is topped with sausage, an egg mixture and cheese. The recipe is super simple to assemble.

I worked late Friday night, so my husband cooked the sausage before I got home. I assembled the casserole, covered it and placed it in the refrigerator until Saturday morning.

The next morning, I took the cold casserole dish out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter a few minutes before preheating the oven.

I love the combination of sausage and cheese, and my mouth watered with the wonderful aroma in my kitchen Saturday morning while the casserole cooked.

I had some buttermilk in the refrigerator, so I decided to bake some biscuits to go along with our breakfast. Toast with jelly would be delicious as well.

The casserole tasted just as good as it smelled, maybe even better. I wasn’t sure if I would like the texture of the bread, but it is all so tender, almost creamy, and so very good —like an omelet in a casserole dish.

I made very few changes in this Pillsbury recipe. I did use leftover Italian bread instead of loaf bread, and instead of 2 cups of milk, I used 1 1/2 cups of milk and a half cup of sour cream, as suggested by reviewers on the Kraft website.

We ate this casserole as leftovers for breakfast both Sunday and Monday, and it was just as delicious.

Reggie and I plan to make this again soon when we have leftover bread, especially. A reviewer mentioned she used leftover hot dog buns and hamburger buns. We have been thinking of adaptations. For instance, bell pepper and onions would make this especially good for dinner. Ham cubes would be good as well.

I highly recommend this delicious recipe. With a little extra work on Christmas Eve, you can have a very easy Christmas morning breakfast.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole

This recipe is perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. You can prepare it the night before and let it cook while the family opens presents.

6 slices white bread, torn into bite-size pieces*

1 pound breakfast pork sausage, cooked, drained

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

6 eggs

2 cups milk*

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place bread in 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray; top with sausage and cheese.

Whisk remaining ingredients until blended; pour over ingredients in pan.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and top is lightly browned.

Kraft

* I used Italian bread. Instead of 2 cups of milk, I used 1 1/2 cups of skim milk and 1/2 cup sour cream. I prepared the casserole at night and refrigerated it. The next morning, I took it out of the refrigerator and let it sit for a few minutes on the counter and while the oven preheated. I then cooked as directed. Delicious as leftovers.

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