Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Published October 1, 2009.

Why this recipe works:

Even when staled in the oven overnight, the white bread in our Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole soaked up too much custard and turned to mush. Using toasted Italian bread greatly improved the texture. Substituting whole milk for half-and-half or cream kept the casserole light and fluffy, while… read more

Even when staled in the oven overnight, the white bread in our Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole soaked up too much custard and turned to mush. Using toasted Italian bread greatly improved the texture. Substituting whole milk for half-and-half or cream kept the casserole light and fluffy, while keeping the amount minimal ensured the dish remained firm.

We used enough cheese and sausage to flavor the dish, but not so much that we were left with a greasy, soggy mess. Extra-sharp cheddar cheese helped make up for flavor lost from using less sausage. Some Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole recipes we tasted contained pockets where certain ingredients tended to congregate. To solve this, we staggered the bread, sausage, and cheese mixtures in multiple layers. Building the casserole with care helped ensure every bite had flavor.

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Serves 8 to 10

You can find unsliced loaves of Italian bread in the bakery section of your supermarket. Frank’s RedHot is the test kitchen’s top-rated hot sauce. If using a spicier sauce such as Tabasco, reduce amount to 1½ teaspoons.

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