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Casserole for any meal

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When you think of a casserole, you normally think of a dinner dish. With the tons of casserole recipes available to cooks everywhere, there's a casserole that fits every taste, preference and appetite. No matter what your tastes are, there's something out there for you!

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Have you thought about having a casserole for breakfast, besides lunch or dinner? There's not many of those recipes out there and I'd like to pass along one of those recipes. This recipe for "Sausage and Egg Bake" will fit any meal: it's great for breakfast with grits and a hot bread. For lunch, a fruit salad and a green vegetable would fit the bill perfectly. For dinner, a salad along with a sweet potato dish is very satisfying, not to mention good eating.

Besides this being a recipe that can be served any meal, another advantage is that it is to be made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. All you do the next day is place it in the oven to bake and that's that! Easy to put together, you simply layer the ingredients and it's ready for the refrigerator.

The recipe calls for a pound of sausage, which can be any flavor you like. I've made it with Italian sausage and it's just as good as with regular sausage. It also calls for sharp cheese, though you can use another type of cheese, if you want. Three slices of bread are called for and here you can use white, wheat or whichever you prefer. It can be tailored to your personal tastes and preferences.

To go with this dish, a layered fruit salad would be a good fit. I gave a recipe a while back for a "Layered Fruit Salad" and here's the link if you would like to have it:

http://www.examiner.com/article/layers-of-fruit-create-this-recipe

Regardless of what meal you're serving, this very recipe shows its adaptability!

SAUSAGE AND EGG BAKE

  • 1 pound sausage
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 slices bread, crusted and cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the sausage thoroughly and drain. In a shallow 2 quart casserole, sprayed with cookware spray, place the bread cubes. Top with the cooked sausage and grated cheese. Beat together the eggs, milk and seasonings (I do this in the blender) and pour over layered ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until browned and set. Yield: 6 servings.

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