Christmas is a time of celebration and reflection for many people around the world.  For children the excitement of waking up at the crack of dawn and anxiously running to see what’s waiting for them underneath the Christmas tree is the highlight of the year.

Every Christmas morning my daughters wake up uncharacteristically and run to my bedroom to wake my husband and I up.  (We have a rule that the kids cannot open up presents until the whole family is together.) They grab our hands to guide us to the living room to make sure we don’t nod off again.  Once we are all with either a hot coffee or hot chocolate we can begin our half hour of joyous chaos.  One by one the kids open their Christmas gifts.

Our Christmas morning tradition would not be complete without something warm from the oven, such as cinnamon rolls or a breakfast casserole.  Nothing beats the sweet and savory smells wafting from the oven letting us know breakfast is ready.

Earlier this week Aviva posted a great overnight blueberry baked French toast recipe.  Today, I thought I would share my recipe for a savory breakfast casserole I prepare for my family every Christmas morning.  The best part of the recipe is that it can be prepared the night before and baked in the morning.  From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!


Recipe: Sausage Mushroom Breakfast Casserole

  • Prep Time: 20 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 60 min(s)
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 20 min(s)

An egg-cellent breakfast recipe!

Ingredients

    • 1 pound of mild sausage
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
    • 2 cups frozen tater tots
    • 6 slices white bread, cubed in large pieces
    • 3 cups of grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
    • 8 eggs
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1-1/2 cups of milk
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 tomato, thinly sliced

Instructions

    • In a medium skillet, brown sausage, onion, and mushrooms until sausage is no longer pink. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place the tater tots in the casserole dish followed by a layer of the bread cubes.
    • Add the sausage, onion, mushrooms over the bread and sprinkle an even layer of cheese.  In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole. Layer the top of the casserole with sliced tomatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
    • The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. When the oven is ready,remove the plastic wrap and bake casserole for 1 hour.

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  • Gabby

    Alice, this looks absolutely delicious! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Carl

    Whole grain bread please.

  • http://hotcurriesandcoldbeer.blogspot.com/ Rashda

    Oooh, this looks so good. I’ve been searching for a good breakfast casserole and I’m going to definitely try this. Love the tomato touch :)

  • http://otm-inthegalley.blogspot.com/ SeattleDee

    Yummy! I love the addition of tater tots to a traditional strata recipe. The tomato topping looks so festive.

    We use chorizo sausage and add poblano peppers and a hit of cayenne or green tabasco to our casserole… love that little bit of heat.

  • Lisa

    This looks sooo yummy! I’m going to try it without the cubed bread. I’m trying to cut the carbs, so I figure the tater tots are enough carbs. Do you think iot will still work well??
    I also bought everything I need to make the overnight blueberry baked French toast recipe. Thats for breakfast tomorrow. So I will have to do this one later in the week! maybe a breakfast for dinner dish!

  • jennifer

    are you supposed to use two packages of mushrooms or is it a listing error?

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    Great. I love this.