One thing you may not know about me: If I make fun of you, you should consider it a compliment. That’s how I show affection. If I bake for you, you’re a true friend. Since I know that to be true about myself, I must really like the guys (former neighbors) for whom I made this breakfast casserole. When they lived next door, they were both the targets of some of my jabs and guinea pigs for my test-recipes. Yesterday they were back, so I could dish up more food and (not-too-mean) insults. It was great.
This Easy Egg Bake Recipe is a variation of a Charleston Breakfast Casserole recipe I found online. However, I added sausage and extra cheese to the mix (because two meats are always better than one). I love how the croutons add extra flavor and make it even easier to assemble. No drying or cutting bread is required – it’s already done!
Since my friends asked for a to-go box, I think it’s safe to say they liked it too. Even the dogs (my dog Penny, and their dog Moe) were sitting under the table hoping some scraps were dropped to the floor.
Easy Egg Bake Recipe: Charleston Breakfast Casserole
- 12 slices bacon
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 lb. pork sausage
- One 5-oz. bag croutons
- 1/4 C. butter, melted
- 8 eggs
- 1 2/3 C. milk
- 3 C. grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 tsp. prepared mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
In a skillet, cook your bacon and set aside. When cool enough, crumble into small pieces. Brown the sausage and red pepper. Drain, and add the crumbled bacon bits.
Grease a 9×13 pan or baking dish. Spread the croutons in an even layer on the bottom. Drizzle with melted butter. Top with 2 cups of the Cheddar cheese.
Meanwhile, add eggs, milk, mustard in a medium bowl and beat until well-combined. Pour on top. Sprinkle the drained sausage, bacon and peppers on top. Add the remaining Cheddar as the top layer.
Preheat oven to 325. Bake for 40 minutes covered, 5 minutes uncovered. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes before cutting.
I assembled this the night before and popped it in the oven the next morning. It’s a great make-ahead recipe and would be great for your holiday meals.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out my Breakfast Board on Pinterest.