first of all, let me just say that my sister-in-law is awesome. not only is she an amazing wife for my brother but she's also the best mom ever to her two boys. we are so blessed that my brother found and married her. as an added bonus, she is full of fantastic recipes (and great birthday parties...more on that later!). this is one of hers and it is so delicious. she made it one Christmas morning and i was hooked. since i'm on a hot breakfast kick, i thought it would be a great one to post here. it is also fantastic because you cook it the night before and bake it in the morning. this non-morning person likes the sound of that...a lot!
1 loaf of french bread - sliced into one inch cubes
1/2 cup of butter for bread
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (i just used one package)
1/2 medium onion chopped (i used frozen onions - about 3/4 of a bag)
salt and pepper
1 pound ground sausage (i used turkey breakfast sausage)
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
2 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon nutmeg
parsley (one bunch fresh, chopped or a couple of tablespoons dried)
chop your bread into 1 inch squares. put in a large mixing bowl. melt the butter. pour the butter over the bread slices and mix well to coat the bread.
saute mushrooms and onions until onions are translucent. season with salt and pepper. set aside.
cook the sausage and break into bite sized pieces. put the sausage onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb any extra grease.
mix 5 eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg and parsley in a large mixing bowl.
grease a 9 x 13 pan.
layer half of the bread, half of the mushroom mix, half of the sausage and half of the cheese. repeat.
pour the egg mixture over the entire casserole.
cover with foil and chill overnight.
in the morning, bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
perfect for a brunch or any special occasion...or just for dinner one night! enjoy!