This is my family's recipe that has been handed down through the years. We've always used the maple flavored pork sausage but any kind is good. This casserole is a nice and cozy breakfast or brunch meal that everyone will enjoy. It's got the perfect taste with lots of cheese. Yum! Be sure to use a baking dish that is deep enough to cover with aluminum foil.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 - 8x8 inch casserole
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart baking dish. Place the hash brown potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish.

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  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook and stir the sausage and onion until the sausage is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink; drain. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, milk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and pour over the potatoes. Layer with half the Cheddar cheese, the sausage mixture, and the remaining Cheddar cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove cover; return casserole to the oven and bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

616 calories; protein 33.5g 67% DV; carbohydrates 30.4g 10% DV; fat 48.9g 75% DV; cholesterol 259.5mg 87% DV; sodium 1141.7mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2009
What a wonderful dish!! I made this for dinner instead of breakfast, it turned out delicious, but I did make a few changes. First, I used a 9x13 glass dish, and used 1 1/2 lbs. hash browns that had diced pepper & onion in them, which added wonderful flavor, I highly recommend doing this. Second, I used 10 eggs instead of 5, which was perfect and doubled the milk. This was perfectly baked at one hour also. I used 8 ounces of Morningstar Farms vegetarian breakfast sausage sliced, and meat eaters could barely tell the difference! I will use this recipe often, and definitely make it again using regular sausage. Another tip, the last 3-4 minutes of baking, remove the foil and turn the broiler on, this really made the cheese nice. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I love it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2009
I added more eggs as it seemed dry...everyone liked it. Read More
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688 Ratings
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  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2009
What a wonderful dish!! I made this for dinner instead of breakfast, it turned out delicious, but I did make a few changes. First, I used a 9x13 glass dish, and used 1 1/2 lbs. hash browns that had diced pepper & onion in them, which added wonderful flavor, I highly recommend doing this. Second, I used 10 eggs instead of 5, which was perfect and doubled the milk. This was perfectly baked at one hour also. I used 8 ounces of Morningstar Farms vegetarian breakfast sausage sliced, and meat eaters could barely tell the difference! I will use this recipe often, and definitely make it again using regular sausage. Another tip, the last 3-4 minutes of baking, remove the foil and turn the broiler on, this really made the cheese nice. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I love it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2009
My whole family really loved this dish. I made it on the spur of the moment, and changed a few things to use what I had on hand. First, after reading the reviews here I decided to use a 9X13 inch baking dish. It turned out to be the perfect size. Since I only had 4 eggs, I just used those. I added about 4 ounces of ricotta cheese to the eggs as well, and used a bit less milk than the recipe called for. Also, I didn't have any sausage but did have a lot of leftover ham as well as a few slices of cooked bacon. I sauteed the onions first, added some minced garlic, and finally tossed in the chopped ham and crumbled bacon to heat it through. I then assembled the casserole as directed. I only baked it for about 50 minutes total, and it was perfect. A dollop of sour cream on top of each serving, and we loved it! The leftovers heated up nicely for lunch the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2009
I had this for breakfast today and it was great! I put it together the night before and just had to bake it this morning. I used shedded hash browns and cooked them before I put them in the dish. I also used fresh mushrooms and green pepper with onion that I sauted. My husband and son loved it. Thanks for the great recipe, I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
I toss the frozen hashbrowns with 3 tablespoons melted butter and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. This eliminates the bland potato taste and improves the texture. I don't add the onion or garlic powder at all because it makes it a little to savory for 8 am. I even make the night before and bake the following morning with excellent results. Delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2011
MAKE THIS!! I made it today for brunch for 7, using 6 eggs. I used cooked, crumbled bacon instead of sausage, and added sauteed onion, garlic and red & orange bell pepper. I made a crust with the potatoes in a greased 9 x 13" pan, drizzled them lightly with oil, and baked at 400 for 15 minutes before adding the egg mixture and finishing as directed. Served with fresh fruit salad and fresh blueberry muffins. Everyone loved it! No leftovers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
I make this recipe exactly as written and it comes out perfect every time and it's delicious! Sometimes I forget to even thaw the potatoes, I just let them thaw in the pan as the oven preheats. I think the problem many are having is that they are using the diced potatoes. Maybe it's a regional thing, but around here hash brown potatoes are shredded, diced potatoes will definitely be too dry and 2 pounds way too much for this! 2 pounds of shredded potatoes though compacts nicely on the bottom of the pan. I bet making this into a couple of quiches would be delicious too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
Just made this but it is still in the oven cooking so can't attest to the taste. However I never could have fit this all into a 8 x 8 pan. Had to use 2 8 x 8 pans for everything to fit in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2011
Delicious! I liked the idea of combining the potatoes and eggs into one dish. After reading some of the reviews I doubled all of the ingredients except for the hash browns and cheese. Since it was Easter I substituted the sausage for ham and bacon. Added minced onions 3 T melted butter 3 T bacon grease and seasonings to hash browns and baked for 30 minutes before adding the eggs and cheese. I added the the top layer of cheese the last 10 minutes of baking time to avoid it from becoming too overdone. I am sure this dish is just as wonderful with sausage. Great addition to my recipe collection! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2013
What an awesome recipe made even better by so many reviews with suggestions! First of all, I KNEW that I had to make this in a 13x9" pan. No way does this fit in a 2-qt or 8x8 pan. I chose a stoneware-type so it would retain heat as long as possible as I needed to transport it. Using so many of your recommendations, I assembled it the night before, I pre-cooked the froz.potatoes w/3 Tbsp melted butter (Brummel&Brown in my case) for 30 mins.@400F, and cooled completely before layering.I used 4 eggs equiv. (i.e. 1 cup) of EggBeaters, 1/2C fat-free half&half, reduced-fat bulk pork sausage,a little leftover chopped ham (if I'd had some bacon I'd have added that, too), chopped peppers w/the onions, minced garlic, a splash of Frank's Red Hot Wings sauce, finely shredded reduced-fat Mexican style 4-cheese blend (I used a bit less than 12 oz. and it was fine), freshly ground peppercorns, salt, and kept everything else the same per original recipe. I put the refrigerated dish into the cold oven, then turned it on so it could gradually heat up, and started the 1 hr. from there. Plus just under the 10 mins. uncovered, it was cooked to perfection. NO leftovers. It was a hit. LOVE a recipe that can be tweaked in so many ways and come out great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2009
I added more eggs as it seemed dry...everyone liked it. Read More
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