Do you have holiday food traditions?
Not your normal turkey-at-Thanksgiving or ham-at-Christmas, but other holiday food traditions?
Thanksgiving will always, always be my favorite holiday, but I do love Christmas morning – and not just for the gifts.
Christmas morning means:
Early wake up
Bed head pictures while opening stockings
Moving into the room with the tree and shiny bows and name tags from Santa
Taking turns opening gifts
Maybe, sometimes, accidentally giving away the presents before the person actually unwraps the gift…
And then breakfast, with extended family
Coffee, 5 Alive, fruit, donuts or danishes, and breakfast casserole
Mom’s and Jill’s versions, a piece – or two – of each, please
Laughs, oh the laughs we have
Retelling stories that we’ve heard a thousand times and still smiling at the memories
It’s not often that my mom makes her breakfast casserole. It’s such an easy dish to make, but for some reason, we save it for those special holiday breakfasts with family and friends. Just the way I like it.
And for me, it’s the one dish I think of when I think of using sausage.
I have such great memories tied to this dish, and I never want to lose them.
So no matter where I am on Christmas morning, I’ll more than likely be shoveling in a few pieces of this breakfast casserole.
For the memories, for the flavor, for the fun.
If you don’t have a holiday breakfast tradition, try this out. You may decide you need to start a new one this year.
Makes: 12-18 servings
- 1/2 – 1 pound sausage
- 1 package crescent rolls
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 5 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 Tsp oregano or rosemary
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place a skillet over medium heat and add the sausage. Break up the sausage as it cooks, letting it brown completely.
- Unroll the crescent rolls and spread them out in the bottom of a 9×13 pan, pressing the seams together to make one large sheet of dough.
- Spread the sausage over the dough.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sausage.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, oregano or rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden and the eggs are set.
Blog for a Cause
A month and a half ago, I was invited with a group of bloggers to Milwaukee to learn about Johnsonville‘s holiday Blog for a Cause event. We had a great time meeting their team and got to do some fun stuff in the short 2 days we were there – we wrapped a bunch of presents for the Salvation Army, got to cook with Antonia(!) from Top Chef, and learned more about the company and their holiday fundraiser that I get to be a part of.
Johnsonville is letting each blogger choose the charity they want to support this holiday season, and for every comment on this post about your favorite sausage recipe, they’ll donate $50 to that charity up to $1,000!
My charity of choice is probably no surprise if you’ve been reading for a while.
I picked Jovenes en Camino, the orphanage my family and I support financially and personally throughout the year. Jovenes is an all boys orphanage, an hour outside of the capital of Honduras, and is a place that is so so special to me.
These boys are a big part of our hearts, and visiting their country the last three years has made huge changes in my life and the life of my family.
Every year, it gets harder and harder to leave them and come back home. These boys have lived rough lives before getting to the orphanage. Many of them were living on the street as young as 2 years old, often already pick pocketing and addicted to drugs. This is where Jovenes comes in.
The staff there is dedicated to giving these boys a healthy and supportive environment to grow up in, one that will give them a good education and shape them into responsible men.
My family and I do all we can to support them, but they need more than we can give. Running an orphanage for 70 boys costs a lot of money, and the more I can do to help them, the better.
This is where you can help them out, too!
Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite sausage recipe OR one you’ve been wanting to try, and Johnsonville will be donating up for $1,000 to Jovenes this holiday season.
That’s it – easy, right?
I hope you’ll take a minute to comment – it would mean the world to me to have them get this extra donation this year. A big thanks to Johnsonville for this opportunity and for sending me to Milwaukee to learn about this fundraiser – and a bigger thanks to all of you!
Thank you for reading, for comments, for sharing, for giving.