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Breakfast Bake with Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage - Flashback Friday

For Flash Back Friday, I'd like to bring back a favourite breakfast casserole.
I was recently asked to bring this to a baby shower brunch 
and it was enjoyed by all the guests.
The addition of roasted red peppers and fresh basil adds extra flavour and 
brings this "Wifesaver" to company status.
  • 6-8 slices thick sliced bread, white or whole wheat (I like to use Whole Wheat French bread or a Rustic loaf.)
  • 1/2 of a link (approximately 3/4 pound) smoked farmer sausage, skin removed *
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, drained 
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup half and half cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Cheddar, Gruyere  and Swiss)
* If you are using raw farmer sausage, crumble it into a pan and fry it until cooked. Cool and use as directed below.

    1. In a buttered 9"x13" pan or casserole dish, lay out bread slices, fitting them tightly together in the bottom of the dish.
    2. Cut 6-8 slices from the sausage and set aside.
    3. Using a table knife or 2 forks, coarsely shred the rest of the sausage meat and lay over bread.
    4. Saute' onion in butter until softened and spread over sausage.
    5. Lay out roasted red peppers on a paper towel to blot out some of the liquid, then cut them into a 1/2" dice and arrange over onion.
    6. Sprinkle with chopped basil.
    7. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs until frothy. Then add milk, cream, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, mixing well.
    8. Pour over bread and sausage in dish.
    9. Top with shredded cheese and arrange sausage slices on top.
    10. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and  refrigerate overnight.
    11. The next morning, remove casserole from fridge, then preheat oven to 350ยบ F.
    12. Bake casserole for 1 hour or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.  
    13. Remove from oven and let it rest 10 minutes before serving.
    14. Serve with a fruit salad and muffins if desired.


    1. Bev, love the breakfast idea for company. I like these make ahead dishes to ease the morning rush making breakfast with a ready to pop in the oven casserole.

    2. This is just what I have been looking for! I like using only one single layer of bread. I suppose any kind of sausage would work. I have never heard of Farmer Sausage. I am from North Dakota. Do you know if we can buy it here?

      1. If you have Mennonites in your area, I would suggest asking one of them. Where there are Mennonites, there is farmer sausage. You could also Google 'Mennonite Farmer Sausage'.
        As an alternative, I imagine some kind of bulk breakfast sausage would work as well although the flavour would be different of course.

    3. I said it before and I'll say it again. WOW Mennonite girls really can cook! I'm also a little curious about farmers sausage. But if all else fails, I can make my own!
      Thank you for all the fantastic recipes!!

    4. Oh - that looks so delicious!!! It's so hard to imagine not having farmer's sausage but I suppose any sausage would do!


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