Breakfast Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole

As promised yesterday, I bring you another breakfast casserole today. This one is more of the savory variety, with a heavy dose of sausage and cheese. For the last month or so I have been absolutely craving a sausage and egg muffin from McDonald’s. I have yet to give in to that craving, and this casserole totally satisfied it. Puffed pieces of bread, set with eggs, and full of sausage and melted cheese. It’s wonderful right out of the oven – browned, puffy and cheesy. It’s a great complement to a sweeter offering, such as the French toast casserole, so you can enjoy a piece of each! Yet another feast-worthy breakfast.

I have always wanted to host a Christmas brunch, maybe one of these days! I’m thinking a couple of breakfast casseroles, some scones and cinnamon rolls, and of course… mimosas!

What are your Christmas traditions?

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Breakfast Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


9 eggs
9 slices of Italian bread, about an inch thick, crusts removed, cubed
1 pound breakfast sausage
¾ cup shredded Swiss cheese
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup milk
1½ teaspoons salt


1. Crumble and cook the sausage according to package directions; drain and set aside.

2. Lightly whisk together the eggs until combined. Mix in all other ingredients, and then fold in sausage.

3. Pour the mixture into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, uncovered for 45 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

(This recipe comes from my mom's cousin.)


40 Responses to “Breakfast Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole”

  1. Lex on December 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I had that exact same craving a few weeks back and your wonderful buttermilk biscuit with some egg and spicy breakfast sausage gave me the perfect fix so I am taking the opportunity of this post to thank you!!! You make me want to make those biscuit a Sunday tradition!!! I absolutely LOVE your blog, you have so many wonderful recipes!


  2. Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven on December 23, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Yum! This looks better than anything I’ve ever seen from Mickie D’s!


  3. Artist on December 23, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Yummmmy! I tried this and it came out great. I’m sending this to all my firends so they can enjoy it too.


  4. Joan on December 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I do something like this every Christmas-but I use brie & bacon instead of sausage and the other cheeses.


  5. Tammy T on December 23, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I have been making a similar recipe for years and it is always on my Christmas brunch menu. I add a some ground mustard hot sauce just in case the sausage is not spicy enough.


  6. Vera on December 23, 2011 at 6:38 am

    yummm, i love this — i have also done it with other breakfast meats and different cheeses…it also travels well, stays warm for quite some time and still tastes good at room temp, i have taken something similar to work before too!


  7. Maggie on December 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

    This reminds me of Christmas! My family makes the same breakfast every year – egg, sausage and cheese casserole and monkey bread.


  8. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Oh yum! This looks good and I love the idea that you can make it the night before. Oh and thanks allot! Now that you mentioned an Egg McMuffin, now I want one! 🙂


  9. Kenni on December 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    This casserole pretty much covers all the basic food groups: meat, cheese and bread! I’m in!


  10. Penny Wolf on December 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Now you are talking! 🙂


  11. annie on December 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    What a great breakfast idea and the leftovers would be awesome for an easy dinner. Michelle,wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2012. Thank you for all the great recipe ideas, and looking forward to more in 2012.


    • Michelle on December 26th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you Annie, same to you and your family!


  12. KiriW. on December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Mmm, I love that there is bread in this cheesy casserole! Sounds amazing!


  13. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on December 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    YAY I was hoping for a breakfast casserole recipe 🙂 Thanks!


  14. Kelsey on December 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Our tradition has always been cinnamon rolls (the canned kind, not the homemade variety). This year we’re still making cinnamon rolls for my dad’s sake, but us girls are making an overnight french toast.


  15. Carol on December 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This looks like a good thing to make for my relatives when they are at my house next week! Yay! I don’t have to think about breakfast anymore!


  16. Kylie on December 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    My family’s Christmas tradition is monkey bread and homemade hot chocolate for breakfast on Christmas morning. Can not wait until Sunday morning:).


  17. Jen at The Three Little Piglets on December 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    We’re big scones eaters on Christmas morning! It at least holds us over until we can get through the present and hit brunch time!


  18. Melanie on December 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    This sounds delish! I am planning on making it and your baked french toast casserole with praline topping for Christmas this year. I can’t wait to try them out. I hope they are as good as they look. If so, they will be a new tradition at my house.

    Merry Christmas to all who read this!


  19. Ann on December 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Delicious! It’s also brilliant that you bake so many sweet things through the year that you’re bringing us breakfast casseroles for Christmas! No wonder you’re such a rock star!


  20. JenB on December 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I just have to say that when I saw this recipe, I knew it would would be breakfast Christmas morning! I made it with croissants instead……so delicious!!!! It was a huge hit!!


  21. Genny on December 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Love this recipe! What a beautiful picture too! Merry Christmas!


  22. endy on December 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    ah, this looks good, i should give it a try!


  23. Marie on December 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I made this for Christmas morning!! I loved that I could whip it up the night before, and just pop it into the oven while everyone was opening presents! It was delicious! For sure making it next Christmas (and many times in between!) Thank you!!!


  24. Hallie on December 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I made something like this Christmas morning, except I used bacon, and included fresh spinach, and I used yummy bakery-fresh onion rolls for the bread. I served it with some fresh fruit; it was the perfect holiday breakfast!


  25. Mia on December 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    My mom makes a very similar brunch casserole. No Swiss cheese, plus about 1/2 – 1 tsp ground mustard (depending on just how many guests she’s expecting). When I make it, I usually include a dash of garlic and onion powders, plus a bit of paprika. I also like to include a bit of baking powder…it seems to help the eggs fluff up a bit more after the overnight in the fridge.


  26. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) on December 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I love that this is made with bread and not refrigerated crescent rolls. It sounds fantastic and I adore the McDonalds Sausage Egg McMuffin, but I don’t get them very often.

    2 Kids and Tired Cooks


  27. Carol on December 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

    This was a big hit with my husband’s family! It was delicious!


  28. Carla on December 29, 2011 at 9:14 am

    On Christmas Eve I throw a breakfast casserole together similar to this, except the kids don’t like the bread on the bottom. I have started using hashbrown patties or just southern hash brown potatoes. The kids love this as it reminds them of a farmer’s omlet with everything. I also make the sticky buns ahead of time. Christmas morning I pull out both pre-made dishes, set the oven at 350 and after 30 minutes, they both are done with little work at all. We have some fresh fruit and juice and we are ready until our early dinner of Prime Rib. Yum!


  29. Mary on December 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

    When you say Italian bread- is that a loaf or a baguette or what kind of Italian bread do you use? Thanks, this looks delicious!


    • Michelle on December 19th, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Hi Mary, I just buy a regular loaf of Italian bread from the grocery store deli. It’s not a baguette.


  30. Jamie on December 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    If I made this late friday night would it still be good to cool on Sunday morning??? Thanks!!!


    • Michelle on December 26th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Jamie, I don’t think I would let it sit that long before baking it. I’d stick to assembling it the day before.


  31. Stephanie on December 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I made this lastnight and had it for brunch today! It’s excellent. My husband raves about his moms breakfast casseroles, so I decided to try to make this one and he loved it! The only thing I changed was I used a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Just a personal preference as sausage tastes salty to me.


  32. Kari on October 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Have you ever frozen it before baking? Wanting to make for a freezer meal club. Thx!


    • Michelle on October 17th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Kari, I have not frozen it before baking; I’m not sure how it would work with the eggs.


  33. Anthony on March 6, 2016 at 6:26 am

    This looks not hard to make but so delicious. I will save your recipe and try to make it for my kids. Hope they will love it. Thank you so much for your sharing!


  34. Maria T. Pagan on April 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I want to give it a try. It looks so yummy. It can be a perfect breakfast for Sunday morning. I’m not good at cooking so I feel lucky to find your recipe today. I still have enough time to practice cooking it ’till Christmas. Thank you!


  35. Anna on June 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    This is really great recipe for breakfast. It look delicious and easy to prepare.
    Thank for share !


  36. Tobey on July 18, 2016 at 5:13 am

    It looks delicious, I will make it for my family. Hope thay will love it. Thank you so much for your sharing!


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