In response to my friend, Shelly Moore, who asked for breakfast casserole recipes after seeing that I wrote about my love for southern food, I want to share with Shelly and y’all two of my favorite breakfast casserole recipes.
This first one is from my sister in law, Robin, who lives in Edenton, NC, a true eastern North Carolina girl who calls her dad ‘deddy’ and loves his BBQ chicken. I appreciate Robin’s style, simple and straight up, always good. This breakfast casserole is no exception.
Robin’s Rise and Shine Breakfast Casserole
1 lb sausage, browned and drained
8 oz. crescent rolls
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 c milk
salt and pepper, to taste
Line a 9×13 casserole dish first with the crescent rolls. Then pour over the browned sausage and shredded cheese.
Stir together – I love to use a wooden spoon – cheese, eggs, milk, and S&P.
Pour liquid mixture over the cheese and sausage in the casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
(You can add green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. in liquid mixture)
The second recipe is from a Charleston restaurant recipe cookbook Tyler and I were given as a wedding/honeymoon present. This recipe is from Monck’s Corner in Charleston at 206 Rice Hope Drive. It’s a little fussier than Robin’s, but I like the grits in it. Letting it sit overnight helps to create a great texture throughout the casserole.
Agne’s Sunrise Pleaser
2 lb sausage, cooked and drained
4 eggs. beaten
1 6 oz. pkg. cornbread mix (NOT CORNMEAL, I almost made this mistake!)
stick of butter, melted
1/2 lb. grated cheese
1 c cooked grits
1 1/2 c milk, heated
3/4 tsp. salt
Grease 9×13 baking dish. Layer cooked and drained sausage and 1/2 of the cheese on bottom of dish. (Does this sound familiar!? It begins similarly to the first recipe… I do like my sausage in the morning!)
MIx eggs and next 5 ingredients. Pour over sausage mixture and top with remaining cheese.
Bring to room temperature while you let the oven preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Check center for doneness with a toothpick.