|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 23g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||39%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Breakfast casserole with sausage is one of the most popular varieties of hot breakfast. With this vegetarian egg casserole recipe, carnivores and vegetarians can enjoy breakfast together. The recipe uses a vegetarian sausage substitute in place of meat, but other meat substitutes can be used depending on your preferences. Be sure to prep it the night before so all you have to is pop it in the oven in the morning.
While it bakes, brew a pot of coffee, toss a salad, chop some fruit, bring fresh bread to the table, and brunch is ready!
- 1 14-ounce package sausage substitute (such as Gimme Lean Sausage)
- 6 eggs
- 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups milk, soy milk, or rice milk
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 slices whole-grain bread
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- Optional: 1 cup of spinach
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium-sized skillet at medium heat, saute the sausage and onions in cooking oil for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.
Cover the bottom of a 9 x 9 pan with the sausage substitute.
Cut bread slices into one-inch strips and layer them across the sausage.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and milk. If using spinach, finely chop it and add to the egg. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread slices in the pan. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Ideally, cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours. If you're pressed for time be sure the bread has soaked in all the egg mixture.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Bake egg casserole uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes until golden on top.
Cut in 6 squares and enjoy while it's hot!
Glass Bakeware Warning
For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.
Sausage and Egg Substitutes
- Gimme Lean Sausage is just one option for a vegetarian meat substitute. Other brands, such as MorningStar Farms, also offer vegetarian sausage substitutes. Look for sausage substitute in the refrigerator or freezer section of your local grocery store or natural food store.
- If you don't like meat substitutes, there are plenty of other options for this breakfast casserole. Try tempeh, seitan, texturized vegetable protein, jackfruit, mushrooms, lentils, beans, or legumes. Season a can of black beans or garbanzos with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro and layer the mixture on top of the sausage substitute.
- If you want to veganize your casserole, avoiding all animal products, use egg substitutes like VeganEgg, or simply smash 10 ounces of firm tofu with a fork, season with salt and pepper, and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil until it becomes a creamy paste. Place it on top of the sausage substitute, add soy cheese, and bake.
- Alternative you can put creamy mashed potatoes or peas (add vegan butter to the potatoes or peas and blend until creamy) and pour it on top of the sausage and bread. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and bake.