When I was in college (I won’t divulge how many eons ago that was), I worked at Cracker Barrel to help pay expenses. That ended up being a 6 year job and I learned nearly ever facet of the front and back of the house. That included making some of their famous and not-so-famous dishes.
Each morning, a new breakfast casserole would be prepared and after it was gone, no more was made. It was a delightful dish and can be made in many varieties including ham, bacon, sausage and even western omelet. Well, although I haven’t worked there in eons, I still love going to Cracker Barrel for their delicious food, from time to time.
While I haven’t seen the breakfast casserole on their menu in years, I still have the know-how to make it engrained in my head and I’m happy to share the recipe with you so you too can enjoy the taste.
- 12-18 Eggs
- 8-12 Ounce Package Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1-2 Lbs Breakfast Sausage
- Sourdough Bread
- Salt & Pepper, to flavor
- In a skillet, brown your breakfast sausage until fully cooked, drain off excess fat
- In a mixing bowl, mix your eggs, milk, cheese, salt & pepper, until fully blended
- Spray or grease the bottom of a 9x13 casserole baking dish
- In a casserole dish, tear apart your sourdough bread pieces and spread evenly through the bottom of the baking dish
- Combine the sausage into the egg mixture
- Pour evenly, generously over the entire casserole dish
- Sit in fridge overnight (8-12 hours) to allow the eggs to soak and absorb into the bread
- The following morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bake for 60-75 minutes in oven, until eggs are fully cooked
- Let sit for 5 minutes to set, and then serve
Remember, you can make several varieties of this, including ham & cheese, bacon & cheese, western omelet, cheese only or veggie only. Just bake sure that your staple meat is fully cooked prior to adding to the casserole.
This is a great way to utilize some of your leftover holiday meat. Dice up some ham or turkey and warm it in a skillet, then add in place of sausage.
Do you have a favorite dish from a restaurant you’d like to see on the blog? Share below and I’ll see what we can cook up, together.