Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake

Easiest Breakfast Casserole, Cheese & Sausage or Ham

Super Easy! Make with ham, bacon or sausage.

Here’s a super simple little breakfast casserole that is perfect even for the pickiest of eaters. Delicious just as is, full of cheese & Sausage or Ham, I often like to tinker!

Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake
Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake

I’ve been using this basic “base” recipe for years. I love that it can be made ahead, but doesn’t have to be. My kids loved it just as is, but I sometimes use ham instead of sausage and I often saute an onion with a little bell pepper and add it in. Sometimes I saute an onion with a little jalapeno and I toss in a drained can of diced green chili for a casserole with a Mexican kick.  There are a zillion ways to vary this.

The original recipe said it would serve 8 – 10 – yeah, right. Not at my house, anyway!! If I can get 8 servings from it, I figure it’s like eating a couple eggs, two pieces of sausage and a piece of toast, plus the cheese so it’s not so over the top indulgent that I’m afraid to eat it and it doesn’t feel “heavy.” I like to serve this with fruit on the side, maybe some juice, and I usually serve this to family, not company, because it’s quite humble.

Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake
Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake

The bread just kind of melts into the casserole, making it light and fluffy, and of course, I like to use the hot sausage, but any kind of sausage that suits your taste would be great. And feel free to use any good melty cheese to mix in this.

Eggs are always cheap and while I do buy extra around holidays (they keep for ages) the real cost in this little casserole is the cheese and the sausage. Keep a good eye out for both on sale – cheese freezes well and while it may be a bit crumbly when thawed, it’s perfect for casseroles like this. And if you have leftover Holiday ham? Well, there you go!

Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake
Cheese & Sausage Egg Bake

Cheese & Sausage or Ham Egg Bake

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 8 white bread slices, cut into cubes
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage, crumbled and cooked or about 1 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk (do not use lowfat or nonfat)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Pepper
Grease 9×13-inch glass baking dish. Place bread in prepared dish. If your casserole is a different size, use enough bread to cover the bottom layer. Top bread with sausage and cheese.
Beat together eggs, milk, mustard and salt and pepper as desired. Pour over sausage mixture. (May be prepared 1 day ahead and chilled until ready to cook.)

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake casserole until puffed and center is set, about 45 – 50 minutes. Cut into squares.

Optional: If desired, saute in about a tablespoon of butter or oil about 1 1/2 to 2 cups vegetables. Bell pepper, Onion, Mushroom all work very well. Sprinkle over the ham or sausage layer, then add cheese and proceed with the recipe.

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I’ll be taking this recipe by Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Zeba @ Food For The Soul and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

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If you came to this recipe looking for a way to use ham, be sure to check out the link below for 12 Days of Ham. You might want to see the sister post for 12 Days of Turkey, too.

18 thoughts on “Easiest Breakfast Casserole, Cheese & Sausage or Ham”

      1. I know Mollie! I was dumb enough to wear a big eskimo coat someone gave me and boots from a friend for my trip to Wisconsin and didn’t need them– but I looked ridiculous all bundled on my way to and from !! It was a jacket and tennies week in Wisconisn. And NOW it’s snowing!! We’ll have to head back next winter to see the snow. How are you doing in Minnesota?? Stay snug!! xox

  1. I love breakfast casseroles a lot. You make them ahead of time and can be reheated the next days. Thanks for sharing at this week’s Fiesta Friday party.

    1. Thanks, Tracey! Disregard my original answer – I thought it was a comment on my Apple Fritter Bread! No it doesn’t matter if it is fresh or not. If it is fresh it just about dissolves right in. If the bread is dryer it stays more distinct. Because it doesn’t have a long soaking time or a lot of liquid, the fresh bread is just fine.

  2. Oh yum yum yum! I make one similar with hash browns every Christmas Even then pop in the oven in the morning. Now why don’t I make something like this more often? Bread’s a good sub if no hash browns available. I like to top mine with some dashes of Cholula! 🙂

    1. I do a hash brown one, too. I think I don’t make these as often because there’s three of us and I forget to plan ahead. I like this one because it doesn’t need to be made ahead.

      And yes, pass the hot sauce!!! 🙂

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