Martha Stewart’s Instagram account is amazing and ALWAYS makes me hungry. I’m constantly saving her posts to make a meal later. This breakfast casserole is a recent example and a big hit at Easter. I find breakfast food much less stressful to make than anything else and often host brunch when we have company so this casserole will inevitably show up often on our dinner table. The recipe is actually one from Martha’s food box service Marley Spoon*; therefore, they don’t give portions and I had to eye-ball some ingredients but it worked out well.
- 1/2 loaf of bread, cut into cubes
- 4 scallions
- 4 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 container of mascarpone
- 16oz ground sausage
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Toast bread: Preheat oven to 375°F with a rack in the center. Lightly oil a medium baking dish. Stack bread and cut into 1-inch pieces. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and toast on center oven rack until lightly browned, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
2. Prep scallions: Meanwhile, trim ends from scallions, then thinly slice, keeping darker greens separate.
3. Make custard: In a very large bowl, whisk 4 large eggs with 1¾ cups water, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add all of the mascarpone and gently whisk to combine.
4. Cook sausage: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces, until browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in scallion whites and light greens and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
5. Combine ingredients: To egg mixture in large bowl, add toasted bread, sausage mixture, dark green scallions, and ⅔ of the shredded cheddar (save rest for step 6). Gently fold to combine and evenly moisten the bread cubes.
6. Bake & serve: Scrape mixture into prepared baking dish and spread to an even layer. Cover with lightly oiled foil and bake on center oven rack, 20 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese, and return to center oven rack to bake until top is golden-brown, about 20 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
*We used Marley Spoon in the past and liked it if you’re considering a food service. We also really liked Hello Fresh. I think they’re both fairly priced but given our budget restrictions and need for leftovers for Mr. B it’s not something we could keep doing but if you haven’t given them a try, I think it’s worth experimenting with (and they generally do a free box trial). I loved not having to think of what to make and having a new variety of ingredients – especially vegetables.