I love the holiday season. I am already going crazy pinning things on Pinterest for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (Are you following me on Pinterest?) I don’t end up doing half the things I pin, but I just get so inspired to think about easy things I can do and different ways we can host people during the holiday season.
For the past few years, we have hosted Christmas Eve at our house. And now that we’re settled in our new house, we host Christmas Day, too. It’s very casual with everyone in their pajamas all day. We see what Santa brought the kids, we slowly open presents and sip coffee. And no one wants to be in the kitchen because no one wants to miss out on the fun with family.
Every year since I can remember, we’ve had the same breakfast on Christmas morning. (All of our traditions are centered around food.)
My mom always made this amazing sausage and egg casserole. She would prep it on Christmas Eve and pop it in the oven when the first person woke up on Christmas morning. It’s perfect for Christmas. So, now, I get it prepped on Christmas Eve and pop it in the oven when we wake up the next morning. It’s hearty, it’s filling, it makes the house smell amazing, but it is low fuss and allows me to stay with the family and not be in the kitchen while the fun is happening.
I love the flavor that the dry mustard and kick of Tabasco give it, too. It’s so easy to make and Todd even chips in with slicing the bread or browning the sausage. When it comes out of the oven, we all just make our way to eat and eat it as we wake up or while we open our presents.
If you are hosting Christmas or Thanksgiving at your house this year, you should consider making this for your family and friends.
- 12 slices thin bread, crust removed and cubed (I use Pepperidge Farm Very Thin)
- 2 lbs sausage, crumbled, browned and drained
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
- 8 eggs beaten
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- Dash of Tabasco
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
- Cover the bottom of the dish with one layer of the cubed bread.
- Spread half of the cooked sausage over the bread.
- Spread half of the shredded cheese over the sausage.
- Repeat layers with the cheese on top.
- Mix eggs, half and half, and spices together.
- Pour the egg mixture over the casserole.
- Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until set.