Better Breakfast Casserole

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Better Breakfast Casserole

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 249.3
  • Total Fat: 11.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 208.6 mg
  • Sodium: 247.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 15.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 19.5 g

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Introduction

This make-ahead breakfast is perfect for busy mornings or Sunday brunches. And it has half the calories and 1/3 the fat of the original.
This make-ahead breakfast is perfect for busy mornings or Sunday brunches. And it has half the calories and 1/3 the fat of the original.

Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    8 ounces (1 recipe) low-sodium breakfast sausage*
    1 bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
    1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
    4 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 1 cup)
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    8 eggs
    3 cups skim milk
    5 cups whole-grain bakery-style bread, crusts removed and cubed**
    2/3 cup shredded low-fat pepper Jack or Cheddar cheese

    *We used Chef Meg's recipe for low-sodium sausage, but the dish will work with store-bought pork, turkey or even vegetarian sausage. You could also use bacon or turkey bacon.

    **Use a dense bakery-style bread rather than soft sandwich bread in this recipe. If you prefer the added texture, you can leave the crusts on the bread.5 slice Bread, mixed-grain (includes whole-grain, 7-grain)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F if you're making this in the morning rather than the night before.

Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook the sausage in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Break up the meat into bite-size chunks as it cooks. When the meat is about halfway cooked, add the pepper and onions. Cook for three minutes, until the vegetables start to soften, then add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook another two minutes, until the mushrooms have started to brown. Add the red pepper flakes and remove from heat.
Transfer the veggies and meat to a medium bowl to speed up the cooling process.

While the meat and veggies are cooling, combine eggs with milk in a medium mixing bowl.

Layer three cups of the bread in the bottom of the baking dish. Spoon the veggies and sausage over the bread, then sprinkle on half the cheese.
Carefully pour the eggs and milk into the dish, then top with the remaining bread cubes and cheese.
Use the back of a serving spoon to press down on the layers to help the bread soak up the eggs.
Cover the dish and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When you're ready to bake the dish, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake the casserole 35-40 minutes, until the eggs are no longer runny and the bread is golden brown.

Serving Size: Makes 8 servings

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I followed the recipe exactly and it was WONDERFUL!!! - 12/13/12

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Amazing--not too eggy and super easy! I substituted ham and 1/2 egg whites. - 1/10/13

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
    A friend of mine made to suggestion.
    1. If your low sodium breakfast sausage is used,then don't add the 1/4tsp red pepper flakes to the casserole. They said it was very spicy.
    2. They suggested removing the top layer of bread entirely or drying the bread and chop it into very small crumbs.
    - 12/24/12

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I used a veggie sausage and it made a tasty, one dish meal last night. And it looked pretty. Will try a more flavorful cheese next time, maybe chipotle cheddar. - 12/18/12

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I made mine with fresh onion rolls for the bread- for the added flavor - and cut out the green pepper. NO other changes. It was great :) - 12/18/12

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  • 7 of 16 people found this review helpful
    sounds delightful and I bet you could pack in more veggies if you like!!! - 12/14/12

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  • 7 of 19 people found this review helpful
    This sounds like a great evening meal for a night when time is short - prepared the previous evening and left in the fridge, taken out when I get home, and ready for the oven once that has pre-heated.
    It would have done me fine this evening!
    - 12/13/12

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  • 6 of 45 people found this review helpful
    I think this would be better is I omitted all that bread, replaced the skim milk and low fat cheese with real milk and full fat cheese and added some spinach and tomato slices :) - 12/13/12

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I made a variation of this the other night! I didn't put pepper in mine, but I did add spinach, and it was amazing!! - 1/27/13

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic! I made it with meatballs, not having sausage, and chucked extra herbs in. You could take this to a party! I made it with too little milk and too much pepper, obviously being unable to read(!), but nit was good anyway. And full of protein! Instant lunch for busy days! - 1/8/13

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  • Very Good
    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I make mine the night before - 12/8/12

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    very yummy - 12/8/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is a really good recipe! I will make this one again and again as you can reheat it in the microwave, and it is really easy to make! Thanks for the great meal!! - 5/29/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night and had it for breakfast this morning. I used a 9 x 9 pan and cut it into 9 pieces. And for my bread I used left over bread I needed to use up like pitas, and multi-grain flatbread. And used roasted red peppers instead of just plain red peppers. It was really good! - 4/6/13

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  • O.K.
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    It had an ok taste except for the bread - didn't like the cubes of soggy bread in this. Think I'll try putting it in right before serving instead. - 2/17/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! Made the night before. Refrigerated. Stuck in oven this morning! Husband said it was delicious! Left the crusts on :) - 8/26/15

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    i luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 6/12/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Really flavorful, so nice to make the night before and just pop in the oven in the morning. - 5/13/13

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  • 1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    looks yummy. wil give it a try! - 1/6/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really yummy, and easy. - 1/6/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My familu justed loved it. - 12/30/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This just makes me hopeful that eating healthier need not mean less flavor. I love flavor. - 12/22/12

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  • 1 of 11 people found this review helpful
    save - 12/18/12

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  • Sounds Yummy ! I will try it ! - 3/29/17

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  • Made this in individual servings for breakfast all week. It was very convenient to have. - 3/29/17

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  • looks great excited to try - 3/24/17

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  • Casserole for breakfast. All right! - 3/3/17

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  • To heavy a meal for breakfast - 2/23/17

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  • I like this recipe, I must try it some time soon. - 2/23/17

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  • yum - 2/11/17

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  • Made it without the sausage and it was awesome. I didn't need the extra sodium. - 1/29/17

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  • Looks relish - can't wait to try it! - 1/29/17

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  • I am not sure about the onions and garlic on a breakfast dish- not really my thing. - 1/28/17

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  • Loos good!! - 1/28/17

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  • yum - 1/28/17

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  • I can't wait to try it - 1/28/17

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  • Fixed everything ahead time to take on a ski trip to make for easy packing. Made in the morning then put in a veggie tortilla for them to take with them. They loved it. Good thing I gave them a contain of it to eat for lunch too. - 1/28/17

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  • sausage link does not work - 1/28/17

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  • I will bake a loaf of Gluten free bread and try it. will get back to the forum.
    - 1/28/17

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  • My husband and I loved this breakfast casserole! - 1/28/17

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  • this is worth a try it sounds great - 1/28/17

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  • This breakfast casserole was absolutely delicious! - 1/28/17

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  • Looks good. - 1/28/17

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  • Use egg substitute to save on calories - 1/28/17

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  • Left out the red pepper flakes. - 1/28/17

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  • I have a George Foreman cooker. I haven't used it in a number of years...but I used to make a breakfast like this with it. It works well for this type of thing. - 1/28/17

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  • The calorie count for this recipe contains NO bread. Therefore, it's incorrect. Adding the bread adds 43 calories per serving. - 1/7/17

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  • Delish - 12/12/16

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  • There is NO calorie count for the bread in the nutritional breakdown. Calorie count per serving should be higher with the bread calories. - 5/11/16

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  • You had me until the bread. Bleh! BUT, I did read the comments and found out I wasn't the only one. I also found how others worked around the bread. Using seasoned Panko or bread crumbs works! - 4/29/16

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  • I always use croutons for these breakfast casseroles....much quicker and easier
    - 1/28/16

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  • Really good flavor and texture. In the future may add a jalapeƱo to give it a kick. - 12/6/15

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  • It sounds great and low sodium! - 8/3/15

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  • My whole family loved this--even the two year old. So great to have a yummy breakfast ready to pop in the oven when you have company. - 7/4/15

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  • Easy and tasty! I made this for a church brunch and had not leftovers. I added a little Worcestershire and dried mustard that flavored an older version I've made. I used homemade bread and precooked maple flavored sausage. I got several requests for the recipe. - 6/7/15

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  • Instead of using bread crumbs I used yukon 4 cups of diced yukon gold potatoes. It was really good. - 3/11/15

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  • I omitted the meat. Turned out Great. - 2/17/15

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  • i used eggbeaters and added spinach and doubbed recipe. it lasted 2 mornings for 4 men [food loving] and me. - 2/15/15

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  • 15 months ago a few people commented that the bread was omitted in the nutrition calculations and it still hasn't been corrected. That will probably add in another 60 or so calories per serving. - 1/28/15

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  • This has everything in it I would use, my family loved it! - 1/28/15

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  • The flavors are good. The casserole was soggy. If i try it again I will cook the vegetables longer so the moisture is decreased... - 12/29/14

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  • I don't think I mixed the eggs properly because mine was curdled and soggy and watery. I used Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage, dense whole wheat rolls, and no peppers but otherwise followed the directions. - 11/3/13

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  • Made it to the recipe and it was very good, nice time I make it I will try some other ingredients in it, just to see the difference. - 10/25/13

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    do you think this can be made in the crockpot???
    My stove is dead....
    - 10/17/13

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    There are times when we are asked to bring a breakfast dish at church. Will be making this to take sometime soon. Should make a hit. - 10/13/13

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Has anyone tried using egg substitute for this recipe? - 10/13/13

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I have made this a buncha different ways. My favorite is to use 2 eggs and 6 egg whites. Color is a bit pale, but the flavor is the same for fewer calories. (70 in a whole egg vs 17 in the white) - 6/12/13

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  • 0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Looks yummy, must try! - 6/12/13

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  • 0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Sound great might make for Father's Day!! - 6/12/13

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  • I made this for my family...they loved it! - 4/11/13

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a good anytime meal and portable for lunch for work. Will make with sausage vegetarian crumbles. - 3/9/13

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    SOUNDS GREAT with some 'spicy' added. But I am actually afraid of any BREAD....can anyone suggest another option to WHOLE GRAIN BREAD? - 3/1/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    great, i followed everything except added a couple of TB of crushed basil and think it's very tasty. - 1/18/13

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  • 0 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Love these type of recipes! - 12/18/12

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  • 0 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Sounds amazingly yummy. Will have to try this soon. - 12/13/12

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  • Good
    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Escelente - 12/13/12

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