***Also, here is a variation of my recipe that includes bacon and hot sauce!! :) Blah to Ta-Daa: Yummy Breakfast Casserole (I'm glad you loved it Melissa!!) :)***
I started making Sausage Casserole sometime shortly after we got married because we both love breakfast foods, and not necessarily during breakfast hours. One day Adam asked if I could make bite-sized ones so he could warm up a few to snack on at work and not necessarily have to sit down and eat (being a fireman, they have some days where they just don't get a break, especially when he was working day-shift this past semester!) So I gave it a shot, and this is what we came up with!! I don't have any pictures because I didn't take pictures last time I made this. :(
I will say that making the miniature ones isn't as quick as a regular sized casserole, where you just pour the ingredients in. It takes just a little bit more time, but so worth it! :)
These measurements yield about a 1.5 casserole + 24 (or more if you're feeling it) bite-sized ones!
The bite-sized casseroles are made in a mini cupcake pan
- 1/2 cup butter (only for large casserole)
- 1 lb. pork sausage
- 6 slices bread (cubed...for the big casserole...omit if only making small ones)
- 1 can flaky biscuits (the buttery, the better :).... again, not needed if only doing a 2 quart casserole)
- about 2 tsp dried basil
- about 1 tsp oregano
- at least a 1/2cup shredded cheese (we love colby-montery jack...and we always add extra because we love cheese a little too much)
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Brown the sausage and set aside.
- Beat the eggs well and add milk. Add in the basil and oregano.
- For Bite-Sized Casseroles....
- Open the can of biscuits and separate each biscuit into 3 to 4 layers (some will separate easier than others, just make sure you have enough for all your spaces in your mini cupcake pan)
- I always spray my mini cupcake pan, even though it's non-stick....just in case...
- Shape each circle of biscuit dough into it's own mini cupcake slot.
- Place a few crumbles of sausage (is there a better name for that?) in each compartment.
- Pour the egg mixture over the sausage SLOWLY because it will want to overflow if you pour too quickly!
- Sprinkle a little cheese over each mini.
- Bake until the eggs are set and the biscuits look done (about 15-20 minutes, give or take).
- (They look like Petite Quiche when they're done!)
- For Larger Casserole...
- Melt the butter and pour into your casserole dish.
- Layer half the cubed bread into the bottom of the dish.
- Sprinkle about a 1/2 cup of cheese over the bread.
- Sprinkle the sausage evenly over the bread crumbs, paying special attention to fill in spaces.
- Give the eggs an extra mix to move the spices around (they like to collect together in the egg mixture) and pour the mixture over the sausage and bread.
- Cook about half an hour.
- Just as the casserole begins to look set, pull the casserole out and sprinkle a little extra cheese on top. :)
- When it's done, cut into squares and serve hot!