Welcome to my culinary realm, where breakfast dreams come true! Today, I am thrilled to share with you a recipe that will revolutionize your morning routine—Biscuits and Gravy Casserole. This mouthwatering dish combines the classic flavors of savory sausage, rich gravy, fluffy biscuits, and gooey cheese into a comforting and satisfying breakfast casserole. Prepare to awaken your taste buds and start your day off right!
Who is This Recipe For?
Biscuits and Gravy Casserole is a breakfast masterpiece suitable for various occasions. Whether you’re hosting a brunch gathering, looking to impress overnight guests, or simply craving a special breakfast treat for your family, this recipe is a winner. It’s especially perfect for those who appreciate the hearty combination of biscuits, sausage, and creamy gravy, all conveniently baked into one delightful dish.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
Before we embark on this delightful breakfast journey, let’s ensure we have all the necessary kitchen equipment ready:
- 9×13-inch baking pan
- Skillet for browning the sausage
- Heavy saucepan for making the gravy
- Whisk for combined ingredients
- Cutting board and knife for prep work
Now that we’re well-equipped, let’s dive into the star of the show—the ingredients!
To create the delectable Biscuits and Gravy Casserole, gather the following ingredients:
- 1 lb. ground pork sausage (see notes)
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 (8 count) tube refrigerated biscuits like Grands
- 6 large eggs
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 2 cups shredded Colby cheese or cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan to ensure easy removal of the casserole.
- In a skillet, brown the ground pork sausage, breaking it up into crumbles. Add crushed red pepper to the sausage during the last few minutes of cooking for an extra kick of flavor. Once browned, set the sausage aside.
- In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for several minutes, whisking constantly, until the mixture turns golden brown.
- Slowly whisk in the milk, salt, onion powder, and black pepper. Continue whisking frequently until the gravy thickens to a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Add 1/2 cup of the cooked sausage mixture to the gravy and stir to combine, infusing the gravy with the sausage flavor.
- Cut the refrigerated biscuits into quarters and scatter them in a single layer in the greased baking pan.
- Top the biscuits with the browned sausage, distributing it evenly across the pan. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese on top of the sausage.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the heavy cream until well combined. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese, ensuring it is evenly distributed.
- Finish assembling the casserole by pouring the homemade gravy over the egg mixture. Finally, sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top.
- Bake the uncovered casserole for approximately 30-35 minutes or until it becomes lightly browned, puffy, and the eggs are fully set.
Tips and Variations
- For a spicier kick, use hot ground pork sausage or add additional crushed red pepper to the recipe.
- Experiment with different cheese varieties to customize the flavor. Try using a combination of Colby, cheddar, and Monterey Jack for a delightful blend.
- If you prefer a vegetarian version, substitute the pork sausage with vegetarian sausage crumbles or sautéed mushrooms and bell peppers.
- To save time, you can use pre-made sausage gravy or biscuit dough. However, preparing them from scratch adds an extra layer of freshness and flavor.
If you happen to have any leftovers (though it’s unlikely with this irresistible dish), here’s how to store them properly:
- Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature.
- Transfer any remaining portions to an airtight container or individual meal prep containers.
- Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, place a portion in a microwave-safe dish and heat in the microwave until warmed through. Alternatively, reheat in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until heated to your desired temperature.
Food and Drink Pairings
Biscuits and Gravy Casserole is a complete breakfast meal in itself, but if you’d like to enhance the dining experience, here are some suggested pairings:
- Freshly brewed coffee or a hot cup of tea complements the hearty flavors of this dish.
- A side of fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries or mixed berries, adds a refreshing burst of sweetness.
- For a touch of acidity, serve the casserole with a side of sliced tomatoes drizzled with balsamic glaze or a light vinaigrette.
- To round out the meal, include a bowl of yogurt or a small parfait with layers of Greek yogurt, granola, and mixed berries.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Can I use a different type of sausage for this recipe?
A: Absolutely! While ground pork sausage is the traditional choice, you can experiment with other types of sausage, such as turkey sausage or chicken sausage, to suit your dietary preferences.
Q: Can I make this casserole ahead of time?
A: Certainly! You can prepare the casserole up to the baking stage and refrigerate it overnight. When ready to serve, simply bake it as directed, allowing for a slightly longer baking time if the dish is cold from the refrigerator.
Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?
A: Yes, you can freeze the leftovers. Wrap individual portions tightly in plastic wrap or place them in freezer-safe containers. Label and date the packages, then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen portions overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
There you have it—a breakfast masterpiece, Biscuits and Gravy Casserole, that will revolutionize your morning routine. This indulgent dish brings together the comforting flavors of sausage, biscuits, creamy gravy, and gooey cheese into a delightful casserole that will please the whole family.
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