Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sausage, Egg, & Biscuit Casserole


Let me let you in on a little secret. Breakfast just isn't for breakfast any more. Shocking, I know.

If fact, breakfast for dinner (or brinner) is pretty much the only way I eat "breakfast-y" type foods anymore. Well, aside from vacations, but that's another story.

Let's be honest here. I like my sleep. I like to eat when I get up. I don't like to wait hours for my food to be done. But every once in a blue moon I do like the nice warm comfort of breakfast food. And there's no written law stating that eggs and sausage smothered in gravy must be eaten for breakfast. [A fact someone should pass on to fast food restaurants that end breakfast service at 10.]

Nope, here we do those kinds of things for dinner. And relish them. In all their calorie-laden comfort glory. Which, let's face it, is really how these types of meals roll.


Sausage, Egg, and Biscuit Casserole
Adapted from: Cuisine at Home, December 2011

1 pound bulk pork breakfast sausage
7 eggs
1 1/4 cups 1% milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, sliced in half hamburger-style
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups 1 % milk
1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray; set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage, breaking up with a spoon. Transfer cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside until ready to use. Leave drippings in pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and next 4 ingredients (through 1 teaspoon ground pepper).

Layer the bottom half of the biscuits in the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the sausage. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Add another layer of biscuit dough with the remaining biscuit tops. Top with remaining sausage. Drizzle the egg mixture evenly over the sausage and biscuits.

Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles (165 degrees) and a toothpick inserted into a biscuit comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes.

While casserole is baking, melt the butter in the skillet with the sausage drippings over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth, continuing to stir for 2 minutes. Pour in milk and whisk until smooth. Continue cooking gravy until mixture becomes thickened, 5-8 minutes. Stir in sage, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Serve poured over casserole.


Serves: 8


If you are dead set on making this for breakfast, make the casserole the night before, cover and refrigerate, then pop it in the oven when you get up. It will still take the full 55-60 minutes to bake, but you shaved off around a half hour of frying and whisking. If you also make the gravy ahead of time, place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the gravy before storing in the fridge to prevent that lovely skin from forming on the top. Simply reheat when ready to use.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 259g
Amount per serving
Calories 534Calories from fat 351
% Daily Value
Total Fat 39.0g60%
Saturated Fat 18.0g90%
Cholesterol 257mg86%
Sodium 1023mg43%
Total Carbs 20.8g7%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugars 7.2g
Protein 23.8g
Vitamin A 19%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 34%Iron 13%

9 comments:

  1. My family makes something like this for Christmas breakfast...but never with GRAVY!! Guess what I'm adding to our recipe :)

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  2. Most of the breakfast recipes I post are either from the weekend or dinner! And restaurants truly need to quit their stop on breakfast food service at 10am. It's just not friendly.

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  3. Wow, that looks fantastic - I have never had a biscuit casserole, but with egg, I think I'd get over my too-dry issue I have with regular biscuits. The gravy looks heavenly :)

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  4. I pretty much only eat eggs at dinner. I love them late at night too, just never in the morning. This looks amazing. My husband would be drooling over the gravy.

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  5. Woah! This looks fantastic! Would love some right now! :)

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  6. I have two men in my household who would adore this dish! And yep, we are brinner people too. Funny, when I met my husband he had two golden retrievers and he only fed them once a day, he called it Blinner. I changed that as I couldn't stand their hungry eyes in the morning and we had two meals a day. They were happy!

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  7. This non breakfast fan is looking at this and craving it for supper. It looks killer!

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  8. what if i dont have any whipping cream

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    1. You could probably get away with using all milk (as long as it's not skim), though it may end up slightly runnier than it would otherwise.

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