This is fresh out of the oven.
My sister Sandy, made this Egg Bake for our family's breakfast on Christmas Day. It is delicious, and the recipe is pretty versatile. For any vegetarians, you can easily leave out the meat. For any that don't like cheese, that can be left out, as well.
1 pkg Jimmy Dean Sausage (cooked, crumbled and drained)
green and/or red bell pepper, diced, and cooked along with the sausage
onion, diced, and cooked along with the sausage
4 cups cubed, day-old bread
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
10 eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups milk (my sister used 2 cups skim milk and 2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp onion powder (my sister did not add, since she used fresh onion)
Place bread in a well-buttered 9x13" baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Combine the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt, pepper and onion salt, if using and pour over the bread and cheese. Sprinkle with the sausage, pepper and onion mixture. Cover and chill overnight.
The next morning, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake, uncovered, for about 1 hour, or until cooked all the way through in the center, and the center is set. Tent baking dish with foil, if the top browns too quickly.
Remove from the oven and allow to set up for easier cutting, about 10 minutes. Serve.
See how deep and velvety it is?