Savory Breakfast Bake


The mornings can be a bit crazy around here.  Between getting everyone up and before the coffee begins to kick in, I am faced with what to make for breakfast.

While the kids would be happy with cereal or toast and bacon, my husband wants something more substantial.

This is a great breakfast casserole with lots of flavor and hearty ingredients.  The best part, you can refrigerate it, cutting off a square for breakfast and microwaving for about a minute for an instant, hearty, morning meal.  A dollop of sour cream is a nice addition and my husband douses it with hot sauce.

It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s good.  Everyone’s happy.

This would also make a great brunch item to feed a hungry crowd.  Give it a try.

In a large skillet, cook the sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper.

In a greased 13 x 9 baking dish, layer half of the bread cubes, tomatoes, cheeses and sausage mixture.  Repeat layers.  Pour egg mixture over the top.

Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  This also reheats well in the microwave.

Savory Breakfast Bake
Adapted from Taste of Home

1 pound bulk pork sausage
(I used Jimmy Dean)
8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large onion, chopped
10 eggs
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 cups cubed day-old bread
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream for garnish, optional

In a large skillet, cook the sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper.

In a greased 13 x 9 baking dish, layer half of the bread cubes, tomatoes, cheeses and sausage mixture.  Repeat layers.  Pour egg mixture over the top.

Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  This also reheats well in the microwave.

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53 Comments

  1. The splash of hot sauce is a good idea. Talk about revving up your morning!

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  2. leslie 2

    Ohhh nice..this would be perfect to feed a crowd.

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  3. Angie 3

    Oh my goodness, this made my mouth water. Definitely going to give this a try as I am looking for great brunch items for my wedding celebration.

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  4. Bob 4

    Breakfast casseroles are the bomb! This looks great, I would eat it for any meal.

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  5. Lydia 5

    What are you doing for breakfast tomorrow? I’ll be home and would love a delivery of this wonderful scramble!

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  6. Tammy 6

    I’ve made something very similar to this at my scrapbooking weekend retreats! Really good stuff.

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  7. dawn 7

    you are a good mom. I would love to wake up to this with hot coffee.

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  8. This is like a breakfast strata!! It looks good!

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  9. Cassie 9

    I *heart* breakfast dishes!

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  10. Yummy! We make stratas similar to this here, but have to soak them overnight — this one looks delish–and faster!!

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  11. It’s almost like a frittatav(sp). Almost anyhow. Looks yummy and like you said, a GREAT brunch idea!

    Oh wait, I just saw MPM’s comment..strata is what I meant.

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  12. Kathy, I just reread your post from 2 years ago. It still makes me smile. :)

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  13. nina 13

    Exactly how I would devour this….with lotsa hot sauce!!!

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  14. This looks amazing!

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  15. Kris 15

    I love breakfast casserole’s – and I only make them when we have company. What a great idea for weekday breakfast. Why didn’t I think of that! LOL

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  16. Wow this looks great and so easy, even to make and take in the car on those early weekend morning drives. Have to try this one for sure.

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  17. grace 17

    it’s next to impossible to please everybody, but this beautiful casserole has a good shot at doing just that! and yeah–those moments before the caffeine takes effect are pretty brutal. :)

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  18. Larry 18

    My kind of meal – looks delicious

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  19. It sounds like a great way to start the day Cathy.

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  20. Yum…

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  21. Lea Ann 21

    Sounds really really good. As always, great photos.

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  22. I just love this type of breakfast and I am all for the hot sauce, too.

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  23. dawn 23

    Oh my husband would love this, I need to make it for him!

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  24. Janine 24

    A man after my own heart!! Hot sauce with anything!!
    This sounds really good…

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  25. Kacey 25

    This is my type of breakfast! I’ve made something similar to this using shredded potatoes. Excellent!

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  26. I love things like this! Looks delish!

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  27. Delicious looking. It reminds me of the kind of thing they used to serve for breakfast at my favorite B&B I went to on summer vacation for years on end before they closed their doors. *wistful* Just the kind of thing you want to eat before a busy day to keep your energy up, but you have to grab a second helping before you go out.

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  28. Pam 28

    What a hearty and tasty breakfast casserole. I sure wish I had that for breakfast instead of my bran cereal.

    I remember last year your story of the leprechauns visiting your house. Well, the naughty leprechauns visited our house during the night and my children were thrilled! I wasn’t thrilled with the mess they made or the fact that they didn’t flush after using our toilet but my kids thought it was the coolest thing ever (even if they didn’t catch any in their trap). Thanks so much for the great idea. This was their favorite St. Patrick’s Day ever.

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  29. June 29

    Mmmm..looks like something that will make the big guy really happy, though I’ll likely add about of ton of green chiles too. LOL

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  30. I agree with the Wild Boar. This is much better than cereal for breakfast.

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  31. Barbie with a T 31

    This might just become one of my favorite recipes for breakfast. I like the bacon/egg sort of thing and Dick likes the sweeter breakfasts. But we do eat a variety by alternating between sweet and savory and we both enjoy the recipes on Noble Pig. I am on a mushroom kick now anyway, and this baked dish looks like a good way to really enjoy the flavorful mushrooms.

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  32. We make these for church all the time. I usually make mine with some bacon, hashbrowns and cheese (because that is what my kids will eat) but there are always those with shrooms, sausage, tomatoes, onions, ham, etc. Good and filling, and freeze pretty well to grab for single servings

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  33. lori 33

    that looks delicious! Your food always looks so good. I finally got around to making your pasta pie the other day. it was fun. link to lexlocilori.blogspot.com

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  34. Marjie 34

    Since it microwaves, it’s a great thing to make in advance so you always have a good hot breakfast!

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  35. pam 35

    I was looking for a recipe just like this the other day, when I had some bread I needed to use up! Bookmarking!

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  36. This looks amazing! How I wish to wake up to this every morning instead of just cereal.

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  37. Amanda 37

    Oh Cathy, that sounds and looks amazing. Has all my favorite breakfast items, yum!

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  38. And that is why I love your recipes, so light and devoid of calories. Um um good.

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  39. I always like to do a big breakfast on the weekends. It’s nice to have fresh and yummy ideas. This looks wonderful! Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you. I hope you remembered your green! 😀

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  40. Jen 40

    My mother was famous for her breakfast casseroles when I was young. She always made them for church brunches and family gatherings. I often make them myself!

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  41. Linda 41

    Any thoughts on making this with challah or brioche?

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  42. This looks really yummy! And so easy…

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  43. label number 1, 6, 7, 8 are great.

    this breakfast looks like heaven. the COLOURS are just magnificent!

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  44. WOW this looks amazing – I think I am going to have people over for brunch just so I can make this!!

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  45. LilSis 45

    I LOVE IT! This recipe reminds me a lot of the Mexican Crustless Quiche that I just made for Valentine’s Day Brunch. That photo with the sour cream on top is making me drool!

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  46. Kelly 46

    Perfect for Easter morning — loved it!

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  47. Laura 47

    I love the tomatoes in this–looks fantastic and a bit different from what I am used to in a breakfast casserole.

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  48. Patti 48

    I just made this and it looks just like the picture I can’t wait to try it. I love this blog !

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  49. Pfowei 49

    Omit the bread add a pie crust. Bake all ingredients and call it quiche. Easier and more user friendly

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  50. Gabrielle 50

    The first night I spent with my (then boyfriend, now husband) i made this for breakfast. Perfection.

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  51. I am going to try this next Sunday for my hubby…he loves big breakfasts on the weekends!

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  52. Chefbear 52

    Tried this today was really good. I decided to use sliced Roma tomatoes for a layer instead of diced. Gave it a great taste.

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  53. Lisa 53

    I think I’d add some chopped kale for additional color and nutrition. Yum!

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