Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Morning Breakfast

Breakfast Casserole
   Another one of the traditions we had as a family growing up was our Christmas Breakfast.  We always knew what we were having and that was fine with us because it was good!  We all just called it "Breakfast Casserole" and the name stuck.  Once we got up, we all got to check out our gifts from Santa Clause and then would take a few minutes break and Mom would pop it in the oven while we finished unwrapping the rest of the gifts.  The casserole was ready once we were finished with the unwrapping.  One set of our Grandparents would often come over to eat with us.  Along with the casserole, mom would make her hot chocolate and we would have bananas and orange slices.  

Here is the recipe for the casserole:

8 Slices of White Bread, crusts removed
Enough Butter to spread on all of the bread
1/2 lb Sharp grated Cheese
1 1/2 lb Bulk Italian Sausage
6 Eggs, beaten
2 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Prepared Mustard
1 tsp. Salt
1 bunch sliced Green Onions
16 oz. Sour Cream
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 lb White Mushrooms (optional)

Grease a 9X13 inch pan.  Butter one side of the bread and arrange the bread in the pan, butter side down covering the bottom of the pan.  Brown and crumble sausage, drain, and spread over the bread slices.  Cover the bread and sausage with the shredded cheese.  Beat eggs, milk, mustard, and sliced green onions together and pour over the bread, sausage, and cheese.  Whisk together the mushroom soup and sour cream and spread on top of the casserole.  Generously spread the mushrooms over the top of the casserole.  Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes until firm.  

This recipe is best to prepare the night before and keep in the refrigerator.  It is very convenient to just pop it in the oven in the morning

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