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Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
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6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

This breakfast casserole is not only low-fat and easy to prepare, but it's also a great make-ahead breakfast or brunch dish. Prepare the casserole overnight, then bake in the morning for a hearty and piping hot meal. For more recipes like this one, see our complete breakfast and brunch recipe collection.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ciabatta bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound turkey breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 344
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 10.8 g
  • satfat 4.2 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 28.7 g
  • carbohydrate 26.4 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 123 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 983 mg
  • calcium 227 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until toasted.

  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Combine sausage, bread, and onions in a large bowl. Combine milk, cheese, eggs, and egg substitute in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to bread mixture, tossing to coat bread. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°.

  5. Uncover casserole. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

If you have a hard time finding a pacakge of raw turkey breakfast sausage, you can use a package of pre-cooked turkey sausage and just skip the step of browning the sausage in the skillet.  Just put it in the skillet to heat it thoroughly.