This is a recipe I've been meaning to share for a while that fits the bill for this week's Carnival of the Recipes. I know, there are some who say "Eggs for dinner?", and would restrict this dish to a brunch potluck, but I'm weird. I love having eggs for dinner, so I wouldn't hesitate to take it to an evening potluck.
Thanks to my friend Lisa for this recipe. I served it for my guests Christmas Day and it was a BIG hit. The best thing is it's a dish you can make in advance, stick in the fridge overnight, and just pop in the oven the next day. When you have guests, pre-prep meals are the absolute best.
Sadly, The Ninny forgot to take pictures. So you'll have to use your 'magination. UPDATE: I found one photo taken at the end of the meal! It was a LOT prettier before we dug into it, but this pic shows the layers.
Baked Sausage & Egg
1 package sausage - cook, crumble and drain
6 slices day-old bread - cubed
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese - shredded
10 eggs slightly beaten
4 cups milk
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp onion powder
pepper to taste
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
Place bread in buttered casserole dish (13x9). Sprinkle about 1/2 the cheese over the bread. In a bowl combine eggs, milk, mustard, onion powder and pepper. Pour this mixture over the bread/cheese. Sprinkle / add in layers: sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes. Optional: cover the dish and place in fridge to chill overnight.
Bake uncovered 1 hour at 325°. This can be carted to the potluck party as-is, and when you get there, sprinkle a healthy layer of cheese on top, pop in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese. (You can use the broiler if you're in a hurry.) If the party doesn't have an oven available, melt the cheese beforehand, and cover tightly with foil.
Variation for vegetarians (we have several): just leave out the sausage.