This Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe is made with butter, oil, Yukon potatoes, breakfast sausage, eggs, scallions, and cooked to a nice crisp.
This is such a hearty delicious breakfast that is quick, filling, and flavorful. The word hash means a dish that usually consists of chopped meat, potatoes and fried onions. It was the best way to use up leftovers in the US during the 18th century, but eventually became a widely eaten, popular dish.
This dish is super cheesy, easy to make and ready in 25 minutes. It can be eaten at any point of the day, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like to cover the pot for the first ten minutes to ensure the potatoes and meat are cooked through, and cooking, uncovered, for the rest of the time to ensure the crispy result.
- What is a Sausage Breakfast Casserole?
- Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe Ingredients
- How to make Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- What to serve with Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe Variations
- How to store Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe Top tips
- Healthy Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
- Food safety
What is a Sausage Breakfast Casserole?
A Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a savory breakfast dish made with eggs, sausage, cheese, and bread. It's a great way to feed a crowd and perfect for holidays or weekend brunches.
Sausage Breakfast Casseroles can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until ready to bake. They're also versatile and can be adapted to your tastes or dietary needs. For example, you can use turkey sausage instead of pork sausage, or use gluten-free bread if you're avoiding gluten.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Olive oil
- Yukon potatoes
- Breakfast sausage
See recipe card for Sausage Potato Egg Skillet quantities.
How to make Sausage Breakfast Casserole
In a large skillet on medium heat, add oil and wait for it to shimmer. Add the sausage or patties, breaking them apart.
Add potatoes, cover, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, for 10 minutes. Uncover, add salt and pepper, and cook for an extra ten minutes, stirring frequently. Turn off heat and sprinkle the mozzarella on the hash. Cover and let it sit for five minutes.
Meanwhile in a frying pan, make eggs over easy or sunny side up.
Uncover the hash and place the eggs on top. Enjoy!
Hint: Cover until the cheese completely melts.
What to serve with Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- Fresh fruit: A bowl of fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, or melon, will add a burst of color and freshness to the meal.
- Breakfast potatoes: Roasted or fried breakfast potatoes seasoned with herbs or spices, such as rosemary or paprika, would make a great side dish.
- Toast or English muffins: Toast or English muffins with butter and jam would be a simple and classic addition to the meal.
- Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing would provide a refreshing contrast to the rich and savory casserole.
- Yogurt: A bowl of yogurt with honey and granola would be a healthy and tasty option.
- Juice or coffee: A glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee would be a perfect beverage to accompany the meal.
Cheese: You will need any neutral cheese that melts easily. Use mozzarella, pepperjack or Oaxaca cheese.
Eggs: I would use high quality eggs for this dish for the best flavor. I used cage free organic eggs.
Potatoes: I love using Yukon gold potatoes for this, but any potatoes will work as long as they are diced well. The smaller the size, the faster it will cook.
Sausage: You can use breakfast sausage patties or links, as long as you break them apart as they cook with a wooden spoon.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe Variations
- Vegetarian Sausage Casserole: For a vegetarian option, use vegetarian sausage or crumbled tofu instead of meat sausage. Add some vegetables, such as spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers, for added nutrition and flavor.
- Mexican Sausage Casserole: Add some diced tomatoes, green chilies, and Mexican spices such as cumin and chili powder to give the dish a Mexican flair. Serve with salsa and avocado slices.
- Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole: Substitute the bread cubes with hash browns and add some onions, bell peppers, and shredded cheddar cheese for a delicious twist on the classic.
- Sausage and Egg Casserole: Mix eggs, milk, sausage, and cheese, and pour into a baking dish to create a simple and delicious breakfast casserole.
- Overnight Sausage Casserole: Prepare the casserole the night before, cover it and refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, bake it for a delicious and easy breakfast.
- Italian Sausage Casserole: Use Italian sausage instead of breakfast sausage, add some sun-dried tomatoes, and top with grated Parmesan cheese for a delicious and flavorful Italian twist.
Check out my Sausage and Mushroom Casserole Recipe.
- Large skillet: A skillet is needed to cook the sausage and other ingredients, such as vegetables and spices.
- Mixing bowl: A large mixing bowl is needed to mix the ingredients for the casserole, including the beaten eggs, bread cubes, cheese, and sausage.
- Whisk: A whisk is needed to beat the eggs until they are well combined.
- Knife and cutting board: You will need a knife and cutting board to chop vegetables, such as onions, bell peppers, or spinach, if you are adding them to the casserole.
- Measuring cups and spoons: You will need measuring cups and spoons to measure the ingredients accurately.
How to store Sausage Breakfast Casserole
To store a Sausage Breakfast Casserole, let it cool completely to room temperature, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and refrigerate it. The casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
If you want to freeze the casserole for later use, let it cool completely and then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The casserole can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
To reheat the refrigerated or frozen casserole, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C), remove the plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and cover the casserole with foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes if reheating a refrigerated casserole or 45-50 minutes if reheating a frozen casserole, or until heated through.
Note that the texture and flavor of the casserole may change slightly after reheating, but it should still be tasty and satisfying.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe Top tips
- Cook the sausage before adding it to the casserole: Brown the sausage in a skillet before adding it to the casserole to ensure it is fully cooked and flavorful.
- Add vegetables: Adding vegetables, such as onions, peppers, or spinach, can add flavor and nutrition to the casserole. You can sauté them with the sausage or add them raw to the egg mixture.
- Use a variety of cheeses: A blend of cheeses, such as cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan, can add depth of flavor to the casserole. Shredding your own cheese will also result in better flavor and texture.
- Let it rest: Letting the casserole rest for 10-15 minutes after baking allows it to set and makes it easier to cut and serve.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove