Hands-On Time
18 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 43 Mins
12 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Prep this the night before for an easy breakfast or brunch. Find turkey sausage in the freezer section of the supermarket with other breakfast meats.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking sausage to crumble. Remove from heat; cool.

Step 2

Combine milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

Trim crusts from bread. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Add bread cubes, sausage, and cheddar cheese to milk mixture, stirring to combine. Pour bread mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking or 3-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray, spreading egg mixture evenly in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 5

Remove casserole from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle casserole evenly with paprika. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

maccheese's Review

November 09, 2011
I gave this 5 stars because it fits my needs perfectly. My husband and I always need something for breakfast other than cereal. We like protein in the morning, but I'm sick of cooking an omelet and washing the pan every day. So I made this and then divided it into 12 little breakfast servings. I did try to make it a little more to our taste by using whole wheat bread, using a little more mustard. I found it cooked in 40 minutes vs. 45. I recommend if you need an easy, make ahead breakfast.

ald0ra's Review

January 28, 2013
In an effort to eat breakfast regularly, this recipe came up. I didn't use 16 slices of bread; used 12 whole wheat b/c 16 looked too much for the baking dish to handle. Also, I didn't remove the crust, based on another review. When I poured the egg mixture onto the bread pieces (I didn't have a large enough bowl to mix everything together), it wasn't enough to cover it. And I followed the recipe exactly. So I whisked additional 3 eggs to cover the casserole, as I didn't have any egg substitute left over. I sprinkled some shredded cheese on top and added some sliced green onions, besides the paprika. It all ended up very tasty. I'm getting 16 servings instead of 12, to compensate the calories & add'l eggs I added and it's just for me. I would definitely serve this dish to guests.

NanetteJG's Review

July 24, 2011
I love this recipe, it's so low in calories and super yummy. The trick is the right sausage. I like Jimmy Dean's reduced pork sausage, it's almost as low in calories as turkey sausage.

KathrynNC's Review

May 01, 2011
Excellent! I enjoy the flavor of the turkey sausage better (not as greasy) and I liked that the bread was mixed in instead of sitting on the bottom. It gave it a lighter airy taste. We did put in a bit more cheese, but I'm sure the per serving difference still kept it about at 200 calories. If you're worried about the cayenne, don't - it was not spicy whatsoever - just added good flavor. In fact, next time I think we will add more cayenne. Hope it will last through the week for quick breakfasts that we don't have to feel guilty about!

MBH816's Review

December 30, 2009
Made this for Christmas morning. Used our regular wheat bread but only used 12 slices. Next time I may bump it up to 16 or try using the crust, that's a lot of waste. I bought turkey breakfast links and just removed the casings. I thought the red pepper was a bit much for breakfast so I may cut that back next time. At the end I turned on the broiler for a minute or so which browned up the bread pieces. This was a great flavored casserole and we ate every bit of it for several days after.

daneanp's Review

December 14, 2014
Meh. I served it for a work brunch and while I got compliments, I felt it was too bread heavy and there wasn't enough egg. There are better brunch recipes out there. I won't make this one again.

MMowry's Review

May 15, 2013
What a terribly bland recipe. I can honestly say that this was the worst breakfast casserole that I have ever made or eaten. I even added more of each spice. Will not make again.

Starradair1's Review

May 14, 2013
My husband absolutely loved this recipe. Will use again for overnight guests as it is super easy. I also used wheat bread and did not cut crusts.

Renee5732's Review

February 28, 2013
This casserole was great! I used real eggs in a pinch, cut up normal sausages, and tore up some bagels with the bread. It made two casseroles- one in a 9 by 13 pan and one in a pie plate. Brought it to a brunch and they loved it! great fallback recipe.

saetiao's Review

January 07, 2013