A delicious way to start your day with these Masala Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole that can be made ahead and just heated up in the mornings. A great breakfast option for serving a crowd too.
Are your mornings crazy too? Its a circus here every morning with different people needing to get out of the house at different times and need to be fed and sent off. And especially crazy for me, not being a morning person and all that.
This works out perfectly as I can quickly heat up pieces of it for breakfast or if I have guests over the weekend, I can prep ahead and just pop it in the oven in the morning and breakfast is served.
So, this is it you guys, your go-to breakfast egg casserole, the best kind of make ahead breakfast casserole. Actually best kind of breakfast casserole recipe, period.
I use the base of Masala Omelet for this recipe. Masala Omelet is the most popular way eggs are consumed in India for breakfast. This Masala Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole has cayenne, garam masala and cilantro to give it that Masala Omelet touch. If you are interested in making this, here is the recipe for Masala Omelet.
So, lets get to the big question -
How do you make sausage and egg breakfast casserole?
You first saute the vegetables - onions, peppers, mushrooms - your pick. Then you saute the sausage. Add this to a greased baking pan. Mix the eggs with half and half and the salt and spices. Pour this on top of the sausage and vegetables. Add some freshly grated cheddar or Asiago. Mix well. Bake in the oven till done.
You can prep the casserole, cover with foil or a wrap and keep in the refrigerator overnight and bake in the oven in the morning. It can be kept in the refrigerator as long as 8-10 hours overnight or can be prepped and baked right away.
Can this Sausage and Egg Casserole be frozen?
Absolutely. You can freeze the whole casserole or freeze individual serving portions.
If you just want to use some of the frozen casserole, then freeze it in individual portions, so it is easy to reheat. These individual portions of frozen egg casserole can be reheated in the microwave as well.
Can you reheat frozen egg casserole in the oven?
Yes, reheating in the oven is the best way to reheat an egg casserole. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. If not, take it directly from the refrigerator and reheat at 350F in the oven for 15-20 mins or until heated through.
How do you know when an egg casserole is done?
Just like any baked goods, you can insert a knife in the center to see if it comes out clean. if it does, then the casserole is done.
A more precise way would be to use a thermometer. If the center of the egg reads about 160F, then your casserole is done.
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a saute pan. Add the onion and peppers to it and saute till the onion is translucent.
- Remove from pan and keep aside.
- Cut up the sausage into bite sized pieces and saute in the same pan for 3-4 minutes.
- Grease a 9x13" casserole dish with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the cooked vegetables and sausage to this.
- Add the cheese and cilantro to it too. Mix well.
- Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. Add the salt, black pepper, cayenne, garam masala and the half and half to it. Mix well.
- Pour this over the vegetables and sausage in the casserole dish.
- Bake in the oven for 40-50 mins till the center of the casserole reads 160F.
- Remove from oven, let it cool for 10 mins and then cut and serve.
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