Remember how I said I have been lacking cooking inspiration in the kitchen lately? It seems that my lack of inspiration has also extended itself to blogging. Do not fear… I go through these stages periodically. I find that the best way to get through it is to just push on through and keep writing. So, that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I have a funny thing about food textures. Many of the foods that I’m not too fond of are those that have a texture that I don’t like (mushy cereal, for example)… It has very little to do with the flavor. So, due to my hatred of mushy and soggy things, I have avoided egg and sausage casseroles for years. The thought of bread soaking in eggs and milk just didn’t sound appetizing to me.
A few weeks ago, though, I had some stale bread on hand and for some reason I was feeling especially brave. I decided to tackle the dreaded egg and sausage casserole since I know it is such a popular holiday dish (and I was also lacking cooking inspiration at the time). When all was said and done, it turned out to be pretty tasty. In fact, it was tasty enough that I made it again last week and even took the time to take a few pictures and keep track of the recipe.
Though most recipes for sausage and egg casseroles are quite easy to make, I think you will be happy to discover that this one is even easier than most. I decided to use fully cooked chicken apple sausage to change up the flavors, and the added bonus is that there is no need to brown the meat. So, the casserole can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, and there are no skillets to be cleaned. You will want to remember this one when you have a house full of guests around the holidays. Trust me.
Chicken Sausage and Egg Casserole
(Serves a crowd, 8-10)
- 4 cups whole wheat bread, cubed or diced
- 1 pound fully cooked chicken apple sausage, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 10 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Line the bottom of the baking dish with the bread cubes. Spread the diced sausage and peppers over the top of the bread cubes.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard, and salt. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, sausage, and peppers in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
Bake for about 60 minutes until the eggs are set and the top is golden. Cool for about 10 minutes prior to serving.