Host a Summer Brunch with this Sausage Breakfast Casserole

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It’s me, again! Jen from Defining My Happy.

Summer is synonymous with campfires, s’mores and baseball games. I love all of these things, too, but the best part of Summer for me is brunch. It’s nice to host a mid-morning affair outside before the sun bears down too strong and everybody runs for cover. Plus, serve mimosas along with a yummy Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole. Need I say more?

Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole - An easy way to serve up a fantastic brunch! {The Love Nerds} #brunchideas #casserole #sausageandegg

I recently hosted a brunch for a few of my girlfriends and put together a simple, yet tasteful spread that kept the compliments coming long after the food was gone. The key for a good brunch is to keep the menu relatively light. Freshly sliced melon with peaches or pears contrast nicely in a beautiful serving bowl. If you’re serving strawberries, I recommend leaving them whole and placing them on a large decorative plate. If you’re hosting for a small group, I recommend one main dish with two side dishes.

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Here’s how I hosted a brunch for 7 people:

I decided to make a sausage, egg and cheese casserole for my main dish. It was light, yet filling and received the most compliments.

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 Ingredients

1 Lb Country Mild Sausage
1 Pk Crescent Rolls
6 Eggs
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1-2 Teaspoons Garlic Salt
1-2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
Sprinkle of Pepper

Instructions:

1.) Brown sausage in a large skillet pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*This could also be done the night before and stored for morning to make it even easier/faster.
 
2.) Spread crescent rolls into bottom of 9×13 pan or pyrex. Lightly tap seams of dough together.
3.) Spread the browned sausage onto dough.
4.) Next whisk 6-8 eggs. Add 1 Teaspoon of both Garlic Salt and Italian Seasoning. Pour over sausage.
5.) Pour 2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese on top. Sprinkle remaining teaspoons of Garlic Salt and Italian Seasoning. Grind the fresh pepper over everything.
6. Now you allow it to bake in the oven for approximately 30-35 minutes, until crescent dough is golden brown and eggs are set.
Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole - An easy way to serve up a fantastic brunch! {The Love Nerds} #brunchideas #casserole #sausageandegg
Mimosas are typically served with brunch, so I opted to do that. If you’ve never had or made a mimosa, they’re very simple. It is equal parts Orange Juice and Sparkling Wine. Make sure you find a dry, sparkling wine rather than a sweet one. I used a nice, dry Prosecco. I also highly recommend purchasing higher quality OJ. Don’t cheap out and get a version that doesn’t even taste like real Orange Juice. I used Simply Orange, pulp-free.
Mimosa Instructions
Pour the Sparkling Wine First
Next, add Orange Juice
DO NOT STIR! (Adding the wine first helps the ingredients blend together seamlessly.)
Enjoy!
birthday brunch with mimosas
(Me, Jen, enjoying a Mimosa during my birthday Brunch last month)
Jen is the creator of Defining My Happy. You can find her on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

Comments

  1. Diane Hillerich says

    My family and I love these! I have made them with the addition of sauteed vegetables (mushrooms, onions, steamed broccoli, even roasted red peppers, green peppers or whatever I have available that would taste good) and I have even added or changed the type of cheese I use. And, we even use broken up Italian, French bread or multi grain bread as the base and add some skim milk to the eggs so that the bread gets soaked. Don’t get me wrong, the recipe is wonderful as is though! Thanks for sharing it.

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