6-8 slices of white bread, buttered on one side, crusts removed (make them fit in your casserole!) 8 oz grated cheddar cheese 6 eggs, beaten 1 lb. sausage (Option: chop pre-cooked sausage - 2 boxes of links) 2c. half and half (Option: 1 cup milk or half and half and 1 can cream of mushroom soup!)
Cook and drain sausage. Place bread slices butter side down in the bottom of a 12 x 16 inch casserole dish. Pour sausage over bread evenly. Sprinkle cheese on top of sausage. Beat eggs and half and half and pour over other layers. Put together the night before and place in the refrigerator, covered. Bake Christmas morning uncovered at 325 degrees for 60 minutes or until eggs are set. Let sit for ten minutes before serving. Serves 6 - 8.
Hearty Healthy Baked Oatmeal Casserole
3 cups water 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats (not quick cooking) 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp vanilla 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 3/4 cup milk (I used soy milk) 3/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal or Meuslix 3/4 cup raisins Boil water. Add oats and salt. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly so you don't cook the eggs when you add them. Mix in the remaining ingredients with the oats and place into a greased 12” x 9” x 2” casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake 35 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees the next morning. To serve, scoop into bowls and add warm milk. Chopped cooked apples also go well on top!