Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

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.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 344
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 10.8g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 28.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 123mg
  • Iron: 3.3mg
  • Sodium: 983mg
  • Calcium: 227mg

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

Preparation

  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.
Note:

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. 

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