Sunday, April 28, 2013

Italian Brunch Casserole

                                        Makes 8 servings

1                 (8-ounce) package sweet Italian sausage
8                 green onions, sliced (1 cup)
2                 zucchini, diced (about 3 cups) 
1                 teaspoon salt
1/2              teaspoon pepper
1                 (7-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
1                 (16-ounce) Italian bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
2                 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
6                 large eggs
1-1/2           cups milk 

1 .        Remove and discard casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
2 .        Add green onions and next 3 ingredients to skillet. Sauté 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in roasted bell peppers. Drain and cool.
3 .        Spread 4 cups of bread cubes in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with half each of the sausage mixture and cheese. Repeat with remaining bread, sausage, and cheese.
4 .        Whisk together eggs and milk. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours.
5 .        Bake, covered, at 325° for 1 hour or until bubbly and hot.

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