Broccoli, Cheddar, and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Inspiration: Week day breakfasts can be challenging for us in the mornings because there just isn’t an overload of extra time. I’m truly a breakfast lover, so I’d love to whip up individual omelets, sweet potato hash browns, and a fruit salad every day, but it’s just not feasible (not to mention that we really don’t need nearly that much food in the way of breakfast on the week day mornings). I like to bake a breakfast casserole every now and then on a Sunday afternoon as a great solution. They’re dead simple to make, and then we have breakfast for most of the week. We just cut out a couple of pieces in the morning, throw them into the microwave, and end up with a great and nutritious breakfast.
What We Loved: I really enjoyed this nice and fluffy breakfast casserole because it has a couple of the main components of what I consider a classic breakfast when it comes to eggs – sausage and cheese. To me, those ingredients are just so rich and comforting. Broccoli is also a great complement to cheddar, so adding that to the mix really worked out beautifully. I always love being able to have a good serving of vegetables or fruits with each meal, so throwing that broccoli in there made me a happy girl.
Tips: This recipe was adapted from a recipe that I first found years ago on Closet Cooking. I’ve found over the years that the base of the recipe – 10 eggs, a splash of milk, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and salt and pepper – is fantastic and very versatile for whatever kind of breakfast casserole that you’d like to make. Just use that base, and then throw in whatever meats and vegetables that you’d like.
About 3/4 lb pork sausage
1/2 small onion, diced
Splash milk or cream
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
About 3/4 cup finely chopped broccoli (I used broccolini)
Kosher salt and black pepper
1. Crumble the sausage into a saute pan, and add the onion. Cook until the meat is completely cooked through and the onions are softened and beginning to brown.
2. Crack the 10 eggs into a mixing bowl. Add a splash of milk, and whisk together. Add the sausage mixture, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, broccoli, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well.
3. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter. Pour in the egg mixture.
3. Cook at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until the eggs are completely set.