Got To Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Braswell Family Farms: Christmas Morning Casserole

Trey Braswell, a fourth generation NC Egg Farmer and President of Braswell Family Farms shared this holiday tradition with us, and it is a keeper!  For more recipes using eggs, visit: www.ncegg.org

Servings: 8
Cook Time: Prep Time: 20 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes
Meal Type: Entree
NC Ingredients: pork, asparagus, eggs

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Ingredients

1
lb. Bass Farms Hot Sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
1/2
cup fresh asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
1/2
cup onion, diced
1
tsp. butter or cooking spray
2
whole wheat Everything Bagels, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6
whole eggs
6
egg whites
2
cups 2% milk
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 5-7 minutes; drain and set aside. To sausage, add asparagus, onion, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.

Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter. Place bagel pieces into the bottom of the dish. Top with sausage, asparagus and onion mixture. Then sprinkle with cheese.

In a large bowl, whisk whole eggs, egg whites, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Pour over layers. Bake immediately or refrigerate, covered, overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove casserole from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, covered, 30 minutes, then uncovered, 15 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting to serve.

*If refrigerating overnight, cook an additional 15 minutes, covered.