Stuffing, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Updated on February 1, 2018
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Catherine Giordano enjoys creating and sharing recipes for home cooks who want delicious results with minimal fuss.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole

The stuffing, sausage, and sweet potato casserole looks delicious...
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A Hearty Winter Breakfast

Cold winter mornings call for a hearty breakfast. This one is quick and easy. Prepare the night before, and keep it in the refrigerator so all you have to do in the morning is heat it.

The first time I made this casserole, it was the day after Thanksgiving, and I wanted to use up some of the leftovers... If you are like me, your refrigerator is full of leftovers from the big Thanksgiving feast the day before. This is a great recipe to put some of those leftovers to good use. It's quick and easy and uses only ingredients you probably already have on hand.

However, I liked this so much that I make it often. In fact, I create leftovers just so I have an excuse to make this recipe. When I serve baked sweet potatoes for dinner, I always bake some extra ones. Ditto for the sauteed or steamed greens that I like to serve with sweet potatoes.

Stuffing, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

This recipe is for two, but since it is prepared and served in individual ramekins you can make as many as you want. It's easy to double the recipe or even expand it enough to feed a crowd..

Preparation is quick and easy and the results are delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked stuffing
  • 2/3 cup cooked sweet potato, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped kale, (Or fresh kale, cooked, and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 links pre-cooked breakfast sausage, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup light cream or milk
  • A dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 TBS butter

Instructions

  1. Grease two 8-inch ramekins with the butter.
  2. Crumble a half cup of stuffing into each ramekin. Press down with the back of a spoon.
  3. For each ramekin, layer the half of the sausage and half of the sweet potato on top of the stuffing. Sprinkle half of the kale over the sausage and sweet potato. Top is all with half of the cheese.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk one egg with 2 tablespoons cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture into one of the ramekins over the other ingredients. Prepare the egg mixture a second time and pour it into the second ramekin.
  5. Cover the ramekins with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or overnight if you are preparing it ahead of time.) This allows the egg mixture to penetrate down to the stuffing mixture.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes or until the egg is set and the top is browned.
  7. Let it cool down for a few minutes before serving. Serve warm. Be careful handling the ramekins. They will be very hot.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2 Servings

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Don’t Be Afraid To Improvise

You can use bread cubes instead of stuffing. Try it with leftover leftover dinner rolls or biscuits. Just cut the bread into half inch cubes and mash it down into the ramekins. Since bread is not as flavorful as stuffing, add about a 1/2 tsp of seasoning, like herb salt, into the beaten egg before you pour it over the other ingredients in the ramekin.

If you have leftover cheese (maybe from a cheese tray from a party), cut the cheese into matchstick pieces. You can substitute other types of cheese, for instance, Swiss cheese or provolone will work well.

If you have leftover collard greens, or broccoli rabe, or even spinach, use one of those instead of kale.

Add a Side Salad or Soup to the Casserole for Lunch or Dinner

And just because I have called this a breakfast casserole doesn’t mean you can’t have it for lunch of dinner. It is also great for a brunch.

If you serve it for lunch or dinner, you might want to add a side salad using your favorite salad greens. . You can toss in any leftover vegetables—steamed yellow squash or zucchini, broccoli, or green beans make good additions to the salad bowl.

If you want to add soup,choose a plain mild-flavored soup so as not to overwhelm the flavors of the casserole. I like butternut squash bisque. It is what I serve at Thanksgiving dinner. I buy it canned or in the shelf-stable boxes. (Of course, you could make it from scratch, but the packaged versions are so good, why bother.)

For brunch, I would add an assortment of fresh fruit to the menu or make a fruit salad.

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      • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Giordano 

        10 months ago from Orlando Florida

        Linda Crampton: Thanks for your comment and I'm glad you found the ideas useful.. I hope my ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers have inspired you to come up with some of your own.

      • AliciaC profile image

        Linda Crampton 

        10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is definitely a useful article. You've shared lots of interesting ideas for using leftover Thanksgiving food!

      • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Giordano 

        10 months ago from Orlando Florida

        Lisa Jane: Thank you for your comment. I always look for interesting things to do with leftovers. I take it as a challenge.

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        Lisa Jane 

        10 months ago from Washington

        Your recipes make me hungry. Love that your recipes are ideas for leftovers.

      • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Giordano 

        10 months ago from Orlando Florida

        Kari Poulsen: Thanks for the comment and compliments. The great thing about these recipe ideas is that you use ingredients most people are likely to have on hand.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        10 months ago from Ohio

        MMMmmm, these look so good! I'm going to have to make some crustless turkey pot pie. I just happen to have the ingredients. Lucky me!

      • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Giordano 

        10 months ago from Orlando Florida

        Waste not. Want not. It is the way I was brought up. Thanks for reading and commenting. Some families make turkey for Christmas so they will have a chance to use thee recipes this year. Costco puts turkeys on sale for half off on the FRiday after Thanksgiving. One year when I had a lot of guests and so almost no leftovers, I bought a second turkey just so I could have the leftovers.

      • CatherineGiordano profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Giordano 

        10 months ago from Orlando Florida

        I'm glad you liked them. Writing them has inspired me to buy the ingredients when the leftovers are gone. This weekend I'll make the soup. The turkey carcass is in the freezer.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        10 months ago from USA

        No boring turkey sandwiches here! I like the diversity of your ideas and the fact that you try to reuse everything, nothing to waste.

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        10 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Great and delicious recipes with the leftovers and even otherwise!

        These recipes would be great, even when made fresh.

        I loved the cranberry-yogurt parfait.

        Wonderful pictures and nice presentation. Thanks for sharing!

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