Tuesday, November 11, 2008

WFMW--Make Ahead Schoolday Breakfast

I have a favorite breakfast casserole recipe that everybody seems to love. One day I decided to make it in individual muffin cups to keep in the freezer. Then we can just heat one or two in the microwave for a quick weekday breakfast. It's a nice change from cereal, and probably a little better for the kids too.

Original recipe:
Egg and Sausage Casserole Serves 6

5 slices white bread
1 lb bulk breakfast sausage
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 c shredded swiss cheese
4-5 eggs
1 c milk
3/4 c light cream
1/4 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
dash nutmeg
1 tsp worchestershire sauce

Place bread in well-greased 9x13 pan to cover bottom, cutting to fit if necessary. Cook sausage in skillet until done; drain off fat. Mix sausage w/ mustard, then sprinkle evenly over bread. Sprinkle cheese over sausage. Combine eggs, milk, cream and seasonings. Pour over casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 mins., or until set in middle.

My changes:
whole wheat bread
sometimes cheddar instead of swiss
omit cream, just use all milk

For individual muffin cups:
I am unscientific about it, but 1/2 lb sausage should be enough for about 18 muffin cups. I had reserved some sausage from the soup I made Sunday and threw these together very quickly and put them in the oven with supper tonight.

Grease muffin tins [**Note: be sure to grease them and grease them well! I wrote this post last week before I realized it was a themed WFMW and I spent nearly the whole week soaking and scraping trying to get my muffin tins clean because I forgot to grease them!] Tear bread into pieces to place in bottom of cups. Top with cooked sausage/mustard mixture, and sprinkle with cheese. Pour about 1/4 c egg mixture in each cup and bake about 15-20 mins. at 350. When cooled, pop them in a ziploc bag and toss them in the freezer. For breakfast, heat frozen 'muffin' in microwave for about 1 minute.

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Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

mub said...

This looks really tasty, thanks for the recipe!

Hadias said...

This sounds deish. I make casseroles like thes all of the time. Freezin them ahead is a phenomenal idea.

pam at beyondjustmom said...

Everything is more fun in a muffin cup, isn't it? Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks also for visiting my site today!

Carey said...

That sounds awesome! I love the idea of make-ahead breakfasts that are fast in the morning. We get sick of bagels and cereal around here, but there's no way I'm cooking on weekday mornings! I will definitely try this your way - in the muffin tins. Thanks for the idea!

Bonnie said...

This looks great ! Will have to try it !!

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

thank you so much. it is so hard to find make-ahead breakfast stuff for the kids! can't wait to try this!

Lucy Marie said...

yum - i am definitely going to try this because we can't eat a casserole in a 9x3 pan fast enough with just the two of us. this is a great idea!

My Trendy Tykes said...

Oh, this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!!


Mom to Many said...

We had these at girls camp one year. But we had them in clean saved tuna fish cans since we were feeding crowd. :o)