All the ingredients of a full English breakfast but in an American inspired breakfast casserole! Why not shake up your morning routine and try this delicious sausage, mushroom and tomato bake? It's perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!
When I first started blogging and reading lots of other blogs, one of the things I kept coming across on US blogs was the 'breakfast casserole'. Now to me, a casserole is a type of stew that is cooked in the oven, not on the hob.
The recipes that were called breakfast casseroles were what I would probably call bakes, possibly crustless quiches or even frittatas. They were not casseroles.
Like so many linguistic differences, it seemed odd at first, but over time I got used to it. It began to sound normal. When I read the words, 'breakfast casserole' now, I imagine a baked egg dish rather than a wet tomato stew.
I've even begun to imagine that everyone understands what a breakfast casserole is. A couple of days ago I took an even bigger step and decided to make my own breakfast casserole. And the biggest step of all? I'm even going to call it a breakfast casserole.
What's a perfect cooked breakfast?
A perfect cooked breakfast should contain bacon or sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, bread and of course, eggs. So that is exactly what I have chosen to put into this casserole.
It's basically a cooked breakfast but in a very different form to how we are used to it in the UK. The only ingredient I probably wouldn't add to my full English breakfast would be the basil, but please, don't leave it out. Tomatoes and basil belong together and it definitely belongs in here.
So many ways to eat eggs for breakfast!
So how do you eat your eggs for breakfast? Scrambled? Poached? With soldiers? Sunny side up? High in protein, eggs make a great filling breakfast and these days the majority of eggs sold in the UK are stamped with the British Lion, showing that their production has met stringent safety and welfare standards.
This means it is far safer to eat British Lion Eggs than those without the stamp. Have a look at the British Lion Eggs website for more information and also for egg recipes. You can find everything from a simple omelette recipe to recipes for cakes and biscuits.
So, after my American experiment, will I be turning away from bacon and eggs and choosing casseroles for breakfast in future? Ok, I'll tell you a secret. I made this for dinner and we finished it for lunch the next day. So what did we have for breakfast in between? Cereal of course. I love eggs and I loved this but I'm quite happy to eat it later in the day instead.
How can you adapt this breakfast casserole?
now you've got the basic breakfast casserole recipe, it's easy to adapt it. Just switch any ingredient you like in or out. Think of the type of ingredients that go well in a quiche and add them. You could add salmon or bacon instead of sausages. Peppers, sweetcorn, onions or courgettes instead of the mushrooms or tomatoes.
Can you prepare it in advance?
Yes, if you do want to eat this for breakfast then just prepare it the night before. Keep it in the fridge overnight and then bake it in the morning.
The leftovers are great too. You can reheat it in the oven or microwave or eat it cold. It's even a great recipe to put in a packed lunch.
Sausage Mushroom and Tomato Breakfast Casserole
- 4 sausages
- 250 g mushrooms sliced
- 10 baby plum or cherry tomatoes
- 6 eggs
- 300 ml milk
- 100 g cheese such as cheddar, grated
- 4 slices bread cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp basil chopped
- Pinch black pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
- Chop the sausages up into a pan using a pair of scissors. Cook until they are cooked through (about 10 minutes) then remove and placed in the bottom of a greased glass or ceramic casserole dish.
- At the same time cook the mushrooms until they are just beginning to shrink a little. Drain them in a colander so that the liquid they release won't make the casserole too wet. Then add them to the casserole dish. Put the tomatoes on top.
- In a large bowl beat the eggs with the milk. Add the bread, the basil and the seasoning as well as about ⅔ of the cheese. Pour this mixture on top of the casserole dish. Top with the remainder of the cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes.
- Serve with salad.
More Breakfast recipes
I have to admit I'm normally a toast or cereal girl for breakfast but I do have a couple of great breakfast recipes. Even if I only ever make them once a year!
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I am linking this to Cooking with Herbs at Lavender and Lovage as it contains basil.
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