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Simply Delicious Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Updated on June 30, 2014
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Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and southern.

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My mother taught me to cook and on a scale of 1-10, I'd consider myself an 8 when it comes to my ability to put a good meal on the table. Well, maybe a 7. No one could ever mistake me for a gourmet cook. I'm more of a down-to-earth southern cook. I like comfort food and good old southern traditional dishes.

Quick Solutions and Healthy Choices

There are some things that are just hard to screw up and this recipe is one of them. I would love to tell you that I use only whole foods and organics when I cook but if I did I would be lying. The truth is, I consider myself an "aware" shopper who thinks about what I'm buying and tries to make informed choices. It's all about choice and I'm here to tell you that I'm not perfect. I don't always make the best choice when it comes to food but I try.

With age I've become more aware of the food choices I make regarding the source and quality of my ingredients. I've learned that by keeping my pantry stocked with a few high quality basics, I can spend less money and eat healthier. When I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, I found that reducing carbohydrates lowered my blood glucose levels and that if I started my day with more protein, I felt better and had more stable glucose levels throughout the day. But, I don't always have time to cook in the morning. This Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes on a weekend and will provide several days of leftovers with just a quick trip through the oven or microwave.

So, whether you're looking for a high protein start to your day or need to feed a crowd over the holidays, this Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole will do the trick. It may not be the healthiest breakfast but with the right choice of ingredients, you can justify it for the sake of ease and taste.

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3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Easy Cheesy Breakfast Bake

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Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Feeds 12-15

Healthy Alternatives

  • Pork sausage locally raised or turkey sausage
  • Local eggs from free-range chickens
  • Low fat or soy milk
  • Cheese from your local farmer's market or low-fat commercial cheese

Standard Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 6-7 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups mozarella cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.
  3. Unroll a package of Pillsbury Crescent rolls and place on the bottom of the glass baking dish. Seal any perforation openings with gentle pressure.
  4. Crumble sausage in a frying pan on medium heat. Brown well and drain.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and milk.
  6. Add grated cheese, salt, and pepper to egg mixture.
  7. Add well-drained sausage to egg mixture.
  8. Pour mixture into the backing dish on top of the crescent roll dough.
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  10. Serve warm.
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Serving Suggestions

This Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole is a complete meal in a dish. With the pastry on the bottom and eggs, cheese, and meat on top, the only thing missing is fruit.


Here in the south, we think apples are the perfect compliment for anything sausage so why not try a side of stewed or baked apples on the side. Spice them up with a little cinnamon and sprinkle a few raisins on top for a beautiful and delicious compliment to the main attraction.


Due to the dense consistency of the main course, you might also like a lighter, more acidic side dish of citrus fruit salad using orange and grapefruit sections with a few blueberries and some kiwi tossed in. The citrus salad is not only refreshing after a heavier fare but also adds beautiful color to your breakfast table.

Leftovers

At my house, we are all about leftovers. The Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole is just as good on the second and third day as it is right out of the oven. It's a great jump start for a high protein breakfast or a warm breakfast for your children that you can make ahead.


To reheat in the microwave: Place a piece on a microwave safe plate and heat on high for about 90 seconds.


To reheat in a conventional oven: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Wrap a serving of Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole in aluminum foil and close tightly. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Southern Hospitality

As a girl growing up in the south, feeding your guests was expected. As I look back at he generations of women who instilled these traditions in me, I wonder how they did it. Most lived on a moderate budget and had very little time to spare. Dishes like the Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole made feeding unexpected guests possible. It had few ingredients that weren't staples in the kitchen and cost literally pennies per serving. It was quick to prepare and could go from an idea to the table in 30 minutes.


Southern cooks are also creative cooks. Back in the day. it was not uncommon for them to substitute ingredients, using what was on hand rather than what the recipe called for. It may be the very thing that made them good cooks. So, have some fun when you cook. Don't be afraid to substitute.

Go ahead and try this Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole. If you don't have sausage, try some bacon or ham. Make your own pastry base from your favorite dough recipe. Experiment with different cheeses. Just remember - the only failed recipe is the one you didn't try.

© 2013 Linda Crist

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    FatBoyThin, Hello and thanks for the visit and vote up. Hope you will try and enjoy this recipe.

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    Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

    This sounds like just the sort of thing my son would love on a Saturday morning (we normally have pancakes). Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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    MizBejabbers 3 years ago

    Linda, you wrote this back when I wasn’t receiving your notifications, and I just now stumbled upon it. Oh, how I wish, girlfriend, that I wasn’t both dairy allergic and gluten sensitive. I miss cheesy casseroles, quiche, and cheesecake more than anything. This looks sooo good. Mr. B has been a ticky eater, so I love to make things that freeze well for myself. They make great breakfasts and lunches for work. I still aim to try your bread pudding recipe with gluten-free bread and almond milk, though. I’ll let you know if it’s fit to eat. Love you.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Au fait, thanks for visiting again. This is yummy. Like you, I rarely make anything the same way twice and I hardly ever measure anything. It's the reason I only have a couple of recipes in my hub library. lol

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    C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

    This looks yummy, and I like Eric's idea of rellenos chillies. I always have to mess with any recipe I make even the first time I make it. This looks like something new and delicious to jazz up my regular menu!

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    Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

    I love a good breakfast casserole recipe and the easier the better. I will pin this for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith - it does feed a crowd and is pure comfort food, in my opinion. Hope you like it too. Hugs to you and wishes for a perfectly blissful new year.

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Oh, I love breakfast casseroles! This one looks so good, and will have to try it.

    Up and more and sharing

    Merry Christmas, peace and blessings,

    Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauana, you have a deal. We do black eyed peas too. lol

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    You had me at easy cheesy, Linda. And breakfast. I love breakfast for dinner. I'm a Southern cook, too and will definitely try this recipe. It looks so yummy!

    Merry Christmas, Linda. I'll meet you at the tower on New Year's Eve. Perhaps we can celebrate with this wonderful dish. Oh - and black eyed peas. Gotta start the New Year out with black eyed peas. I make a mean pot and will bring it with me!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    suzettenaples, Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by. I love the ease of this recipe and hope you will too.

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    Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    What a great breakfast and brunch casserole. I am always looking for recipes for this. This looks easy and delicious to make. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. This is great for Christmas morning brunch and all throughout the holidays and year round. Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Theresa! Thanks for the visit. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jackie, you're right. It is a similar taste to the sausage balls but it is much more dense and cheesy. I hope you will enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

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    Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Sounds wonderful Linda and I can definitely see how leftovers of this casserole would be great. And fruit on the side is always perfect.

    Merry Christmas! Theresa

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    This sounds like a different version of the sausage cheese balls but you cook your sausage first and pour the grease off which I said I would have to do if I made the cheese balls again but I think I will just make your recipe instead! Thanks for sharing it. Sounds great and like you, I just do what I can to be healthy and still enjoy some good food.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Eric - that sounds yummy. I'm going to give it a try. Merry Christmas my friend.

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    Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    My mom through in Rellenos Chiles and and it was a staple.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, you responded exactly as I expected. Is it any wonder that I love you? I'm putting the finishing touches on the real piece as we speak. This one was just an attempt to make payout this month. You are a real treasure. More to come in a private email. Hugs!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Whatever! LOL

    Merry Christmas, Kindred. That's all I stopped by for...Merry Christmas...blessings always...and the love of friendship sprinkled on top.

    bill