Mom Tip #4: Breakfast That Doubles as Dinner

October 29, 2009 | By | Comments (4)

We had a big weekend down here in Birmingham. For many of us here, football = life. And for one weekend a year, I live in a house divided. My husband bleeds orange for the University of Tennessee, while I'm a fan of the Crimson Tide. We drove to Tuscaloosa for the game (what a nail-biter!).

Tailgating notwithstanding, game days are always hectic. Especially now that we must wrangle with strollers and diapers, shortcuts that lead to good food are a must for our family. If meal can do double-duty and still be delicious, even better.

Since I knew we'd be leaving early Saturday morning to beat the game-day traffic, I made a big breakfast casserole the night before. My recipe, handed down from my mother, could feed a football team (well, almost).

I've adapted it to be a little more waistline-friendly than my mother's version. It is super-easy, soaks overnight and you can pull it out to serve as at breakfast or brunch. Sunday night, I added a green salad and we had it again for dinner.


1 pound whole wheat bread, cut into 1/2-inch-cubes
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed and cooked to crumble
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Combine bread, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and pepper sauce in a large bowl; toss gently. Transfer to a 13×9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with cooked sausage; cover with foil and chill overnight. In the morning, sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.


Note: This, like most of the personal recipes printed on this blog, has not been run through the formal Test Kitchens testing process. Just so you know.


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    Tailgating with the family, you need something really hearty.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:29 am
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    Great idea. Any time I can cook 2 meals at once I sit up and take notice. And this is easy to follow. Any more 2 for 1 tips? LOL

    December 11, 2009 at 5:02 am
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    Delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing such nice recipe here. You gave the tips very well so every one can easily understand it. I would like to make it.
    Thanks for this great site. I will visit it again. Hope you will back here with new one tasty recipe. I will wait for it.

    November 6, 2009 at 12:51 am
  4. Krikri

    This is a great recipe that you have. I see it has black pepper and pepper sauce and therefore spicy. The meal can really double as dinner because it makes a lot of serving.

    November 4, 2009 at 7:46 am

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