Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
Today’s post comes courtesy of my good friend, Juana. Juana is a professionally trained chef turned momma, so you know this is going to be delicious. Enjoy!
Christmas is a big deal in most of the households that I have become acquainted with over the years. We take this time of year to reflect over the birth of Our Lord in great company of our families and close friends. Singing songs and telling stories that are filled with joy and excitement, perhaps by a warm fire … and even sharing a meaningful gift or two between one another. Its Just a few winter wonderful days of Joy, Love-, and we cant forget the great Food!
Most cultures around the world, if not all, make the practice of sharing a meal among family and friends a huge part of their celebrations. During this time lots of memories are revisited and new ones are made with a great amount of comfort and joy. One of the many things that I remember about my Grandmother is how she would always make what I thought was the best homemade dinner rolls during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The rolls were always the perfect temperature and consistency- Light and fluffy! I loved them. Whenever I would walk into her house on a holiday I would be greeted by the smell of these delicious additions, or if I stayed over I would be gently awakened with the sweet aroma… even now I smell them… Unfortunately, my grandmother went to be with The Lord 4 months after my 16th birthday. I didn’t have that experience and pleasure of those lovely rolls for a very long time. 15 years later, I came across a recipe that I thought may be close to my experiences during my childhood and oh boy- let me tell you that they completely awakened memories that I subconsciously longed to have for such a long time. I welcomed the experience with open arms and was filled with such comfort and Joy!
With holidays I always feel that we put more thought into the dinner. I don’t know about you but for whatever reason I feel that the great memories are made during dinnertime. In spite of this thought, I know that feeling cannot be true. Meals, day or night, will bring on the memories. So, for a change from the usual, I am sharing what I found to be a lovely recipe for a Christmas Breakfast Casserole. It’s quick and easy to make and the best thing is you prepare the night before and pop it in the oven first thing in the morning. With a few of my own changes and additions it came out beautifully. May it fill your home with warmth, stir your little ones gently, and help create memories for a lifetime.
Christmas Morning, Breakfast Casserole
• 4 Whole Wheat English muffins, split
• 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
• 1 package of Sage breakfast sausage—or whatever meat you’d like to have
• 2 Medium Tomatoes, diced
• 1 lb Mushrooms, sliced thin
• ½ onion, small diced
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 8 eggs
• ½ cup of milk, May Substitute With Coconut or Almond Milk
• 1 cup grated cheese, mozzarella or gruyere
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Chopped parsley for garnish
1. Arrange English muffin halves in the bottom of a greased 9- x 13-inch baking dish, cutting them to fit, if necessary; set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Garlic, Onions and sauté lightly. Add the breakfast sausage, break apart in the pan, and cook thoroughly. Remove from pan and set aside
3. Using the same pan (do not clean) add tomatoes and mushrooms. Cook stirring occasionally, until tender and liquid is thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Spoon Sausage and then tomato mixture over the top of the English muffins, distributing it evenly; set aside to let cool.
5. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over tomato mixture, Cover and chill overnight.
6. Set dish aside at room temperature for 1 hour and preheat oven to 350°F Sprinkle casserole with cheese and bake, uncovered, until puffed, cooked through and cheese is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve immediately.