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Overnight Breakfast Casserole. What’s better  than a “go to” dish that can be prepared the day before? That’s my kind of meal. Simple and no fuss. It’s included in my Holiday Planning Post  Grocery List of ingredients for food shopping – my secret to stress free holidays.

INGREDIENTS

12 slices whole wheat bread, crust removed

1 1/2 lbs mild to spicy sausage  (you can substitute ground turkey & add a couple dashes of tabasco))

2 – 3 tbsp softened butter

1/2 cup butter

1/2 lb mushrooms (optional)

2 cups thinly sliced yellow/sweet onions

1/2 teaspoon  salt

1 tsp pepper

1 lb grated sharp cheddar cheese (do NOT use pre shredded cheese)

1/2  cup gorgonzola cheese

6 eggs (4 eggs, 2 egg whites)

2 1/2 cup nonfat milk

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey

1/2 cup  chopped parsley

l cup sliced fresh basil

2 diced tomatoes

2 cups fresh, washed spinach with stems removed

2 small jalapenos (optional)

4 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

DIRECTIONS

Butter bread. Set aside.

Melt  2 to 3 tablespoons butter in frying pan.  Brown mushrooms and onions. Add sausage/turkey meat  and cook.

Grease  13″ x 9″ x 2″ casserole dish. Layer 1/2 of the bread. Then add sausage/onion/mushroom mixture. Top with cheese. Repeat layers and end with cheese.

Beat eggs and add rest of the ingredients. Pour mixture over casserole.

Cover & refrigerate overnight. Do not omit this step, as refrigeration over night is critical step. Then it’s ready to go in the oven the next morning.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Cook for one hour or until knife comes out clean. Let set for 10 minutes and serve.

NOTE

This casserole has evolved over the years, from a most decidedly unhealthy recipe, to a more healthy version, compliments of my youngest daughter. Anytime you substitute Wonder Bread with just about anything, I think that’s progress.

We enjoy this casserole every holiday morning, but it’s also great anytime you have guests. I love that this HAS to be made the day before. Next morning, it’s ready to go.

Combine with a fresh fruit platter and french bakery croissants from Williams and Sonoma and you have an easy, fun meal that everyone will enjoy. Don’t be daunted by the number of ingredients. It’s easy to put together.

– The Gourmet Review

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