Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Breakfast Favorite, Cheesy Sausage Egg Casserole

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I know we've always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for me and my family, that is very true. Not just to get food in our bodies, but to connect with each other before we all head out into the world for the day. Some days it's a little chaotic, life with three small kids always is, but breakfast together is a special routine that we have established and try hard to keep.

Weekday breakfasts can be rushed, so come the weekend, I'm ready to make something special and delicious like this Cheesy Sausage Egg Casserole. It's packed with eggs, cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach, and bold and flavorful Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages.

We're definitely meat lovers in our house, so we enjoy tasty sausages on their own, and in recipes.
These sausages, made with premium cuts of beef and pork, and high in protein, gave my casserole just the zip of flavor it needed to be delicious.


Casseroles are some of my favorite meals to make, whether it's for breakfast or dinner. They're usually quick and easy to put together, and often you can make substitutions if you don't have everything on hand.

What I like about this casserole is that it looks like it took a long time to put together, but it can be done in ten minutes, plus baking time. Super easy, but impressive enough for a brunch dish for family and friends.

In fact, I'll be making this casserole for our Easter brunch this year, and I know everyone will enjoy it. Even my three grandchildren, who grudgingly eat spinach, asked for seconds. That's a successful dish in my book!


I found Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages while I was shopping at Walmart. They are available in different flavors, and have no fillers or artificial flavors or colors. As we're trying to be more conscious of what we eat, these benefits have become important to me and my family.

They are also fully cooked, so I can just pop one in the microwave and put it on a bun for lunch when I want. I really like how convenient that is.

For my casserole recipe I used the original flavor, but the Jalapeno flavor was super good too. Bold and spicy, it packs a real kick, and I love that because Jalapeno peppers are a favorite of mine.


My recipe calls for 2 cups of thinly sliced sausages, which is about one package. Slice them up and set them aside while you prepare the other ingredients.


Next, beat together 10 eggs, a cup of milk and salt and pepper. Stir in 2 cups of Parmesan cheese. In a pinch, you can use other kinds of cheese like cheddar, but I really like Parmesan the best for this recipe.


Layer a lightly greased baking dish with spinach and a 12-ounce jar of roasted red peppers in oil that has been drained. Then layer on the sliced sausage.


Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the sausage, peppers, and spinach. Drizzle on a little extra virgin olive oil for added richness and flavor.

Then pop in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until it's golden and slightly puffed up. Let it sit for ten minutes before cutting.



Recipe for Cheesy Sausage Egg Casserole

Ingredients:

Olive Oil
10 large eggs
1 cup whole or 2% milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese
6 ounces baby spinach, about 4 cups
1 12-ounce jar of roasted peppers in oil, drained and chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 package Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages Original Flavor, thinly sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs together. Then whisk in the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Spread the spinach over the bottom of the baking dish, layer the roasted peppers on top, then top with the sausage.
Pour the egg mixture evenly over this. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is slightly puffed and golden, and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

Serves 6-8.



Look for Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages at your local Walmart in the refrigerated breakfast section.

You'll find rollback prices on them now through Memorial Day. They're great for grilling too, so stock up and take advantage of these great prices.

You can also check out Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages fun Instagram account here.

Do you love sausages, and what's your favorite way to use them in a recipe? Leave me a comment below because I'm always looking for fabulous recipes.


Patricia
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