Monday, June 27, 2011

Blueberry & Sausage French Toast Casserole

This sounds amazing! I can not wait to make it in Jeremy's Granny O'Neals cast iron pan. Another recipe from Lisa at The Homesick Texan - looking forward to her cookbook coming out in September! Here is my variation on the recipe but you can find the original recipe here.

1 tablespoon light butter
2 cups fat free half-and-half
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 24-inch loaf of French bread, cubed (about 5 cups)
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 pound turkey breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled
Optional - Powdered Sugar
Maple syrup

In a large Cast iron, on low heat melt the butter and swirl so it coats the bottom and the sides. (You can add melted butter to a 9x9 square pan and bake it that way if you do not have a cast iron skillet.)

Beat the together the half and eggs. Whisk in the sugar, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until well combined.

Layer the bottom of the skillet with half of the bread (could also make this with thick Texas toast bread or even leftover buns). Top with the blueberries and crumbled cooked sausage. Place on top the remaining bread cubes, and then pour over the bread the custard until all pieces are well covered.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Let the casserole sit unrefrigerated for 20 minutes, until some of the milk mixture has been absorbed, and then bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove the cover and then bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until top is firm and lightly browned. Optional - sprinkle with powder sugar when it come out of the oven. Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with syrup.

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