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Cheese. Sausage. Croissants. Just the thought of these 3 delicious ingredients have me dreaming of breakfast all day, every day. When you see these 3 words in the title of a irresistible-looking casserole, it's definitely go-time!

This genius recipe comes to us from the December 2014 issue of Southern Living and I have wanted to make it at home for over a year now. I finally made time over the holidays and let's just say WOW. It has earned every bit of its 5-star rating and 9.4k shares on our site.

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My parents do all the hard work of hosting family and friends for the holidays so I thought I would make this casserole to help feed the hungry crowd on Christmas morning. It was so easy to prep the day before and just deliver in a covered casserole dish to be baked the next morning. The perfect food gift amongst all the cookies and cakes!

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The ingredients are pretty simple. Milk, eggs, salt, and cooking spray are always present in our house so there were only a few things to grab at the grocery. The recipe calls for mini croissants but the store was out so I just bought 4 large ones. Since they were getting torn to smaller pieces it worked just fine. I browned the spicy sausage, chopped the green onions and measured the cheese and salt before tossing it all together.

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Mixing the eggs, heavy cream and milk and pouring over the casserole was the last step before popping into the refrigerator to chill for 8 hours or overnight. This recipe really is perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch and allows you to do all the work ahead of time and enjoy your meal with your guests in the moment.

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All you have to do is pull this dish out of the fridge when you are ready, top with Gruyère and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. The result is a super savory and filling meal with a little kick of sweetness from the croissants. The cheese makes it bubbly and rich and the green onions add freshness. You could serve this with fruit and hot coffee and I promise, everyone will be satisfied.

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