Planning ahead in the Kitchen with Casserole

Foodland Ontario's Make Ahead Casserole
Foodland Ontario's Make Ahead Casserole

Foodland Ontario's Make Ahead Casserole
Foodland Ontario’s Make Ahead Casserole

THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Planning ahead makes meal time more of a time for family time. Our friends at Foodland Ontario share this delicious brunch idea which could easily be a dinner or a lunch meal.

Brunch preparation is done in a flash when it features this make-ahead savoury casserole. Try making this delicious recipe with other types of bread such as challah, whole wheat or Italian bread.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 14 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 to 12 hours
Baking Time: 1 hour
Serves 8

12 cups (3 L) cubed (1-inch/2.5 cm) French loaf, about 1 loaf
1 lb (500 g) Ontario Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1 Ontario Onion, diced
1 pkg (227 g) Ontario Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
6 Ontario Eggs
2 cups (500 mL) Ontario Milk
1 tsp (5 mL) dry mustard
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded Ontario Swiss-style Cheese
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh Ontario Parsley

To dry bread, divide cubes between two rimmed baking sheets and bake in 200°F (100°C) oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Switch and rotate baking sheets; bake until dry, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring often, until browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from skillet; set aside.

In same skillet, heat oil over medium heat; add onion and mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper until well blended. Add bread cubes, 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the cheese, parsley, reserved sausage and mushroom mixture; gently combine. Transfer into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) greased baking dish. Cover with foil. Refrigerate 4 hours or up to 12 hours.

Bake covered in 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutritional Information:
1 Serving
PROTEIN: 29 grams
FAT: 19 grams
FIBRE: 2 grams
SODIUM: 955 mg