It seems like all we do at our office is eat. We find all kinds of excuses to eat. We have a 'Promotions Meeting' today so everyone brings a breakfast item to share before the meeting. I decided to make my 'Christmas Morning Brunch' for our meeting and the recipe follows. (The description 'meeting' is sort of a stretch for us.) Promotion meetings are fun because it's a brainstorming meeting and anything goes. Ideas are shouted out and written on the white board, no idea is a dumb idea (unless is comes out of my mouth). Once we all have enough sugar or caffeine on the brain you wouldn't believe some of the ideas that are generated. 

Now, on to the recipe. This recipe was given to me by my ex-Mother-In-Law. It's easy to make and you make most of it the night before so all you have to do is add the topping, pop it in the oven and bake it for 1 1/2 hours in the morning. It's a great dish for when you have lots of overnight company (like Christmas). She served it with Orange Julius but I prefer Mimosa's. She was a good Minnesota Lutheran woman. I'm not (haha). And, since I'm trying to learn how to use my camera in manual mode, you also get some great pictures of the steps of the recipe.

Christmas Morning Brunch

  • 2 1/2 cups season croutons (I use Catherine Clark's Sage & Onion stuffing and just cover the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 lbs sausage, cooked and drained (I use 1 Jimmy Dean Regular and 1 Jimmy Dean Sage)
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 3/4 cups milk.
Place croutons (stuffing) in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

Add meat in a layer. Beat eggs, mustard and milk together. Pour over meat and refrigerate overnight.  
Topping
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
Mix soup and 1/2 cups milk and spread over top. Bake in a moderately slow oven (300 °) for 1 1/2 hours.
Serves six to eight.
I usually take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before putting it into the oven so it has time to get to room temperature - but since I get up at about 4 a.m. because I leave the house by 5, I decided to try the timed bake on my oven. I set the oven to start at 3:30 so that it would be finished just as I was walking out the door.  What I didn't realize is the timed bake on my oven is not the ACTUAL TIME you want the oven to start it's how long you want it to DELAY before it starts. So at about 2:30 this morning I woke to the smell of something baking (almost burning) I laid in bed in a sleep stooper until I realized it was my breakfast dish cooking. I ran downstairs just in time to pull my dish from the oven before it had burned. My oven had turned on at 1 a.m. and my dish had been cooking for an hour and a half. Thank goodness I sleep light and I have a good sense of smell.