As I mentioned yesterday, while Wheat prepped and cooked his ribs on the 4th, I prepped a traditional breakfast casserole to cook for the 5th of July. I had a hankering for the old fashioned version full of white bread cubes, so that’s what I made!
Classic Breakfast Casserole
– 1 pound Jimmy Dean HOT ground pork sausage
– 1 heaping teaspoon mustard powder
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 4 eggs
– 2 cups milk
– 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes (as seen above)
– 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Grate 8 ounces block of cheese and set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, then add mustard powder, salt, and milk and mix together. Then mix in the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese. Pour into a greased baking dish, cover, and chill in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Keeping the casserole covered, bake 45 to 60 minutes. Then uncover and reduce temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes.
We don’t usually make breakfast casseroles on a regular basis, but we almost always have them at the beach. It reheats well, too, so it’s great to double and have for an entire weekend. It’s the perfect dish when you have a house full of folks, and it’s really good for those folks who may have stayed up a little too late the night before…
And as usual, it is excellent with Crystal hot sauce.
After breakfast, Wheat and I went and dodged thunderstorms and piddled around downtown Port St. Joe. I bought a few antique kitchen related items that will pop up here and there on this ole blog here, and we had an amazing lunch at Provisions. If you’ve already seen our meal on Twitter or Instagram, I apologize for the repetition. It was just too good not to share again. Plus, I am always a huge fan of having wine with lunch.
I know, right? How very European of me. (Any Superstar fans out there?)
We split three appetizers for lunch: mussels in a white wine sauce, their famous bruschetta, and seared tuna with seaweed salad. It was so very, very great.
Later on, we all loaded up to go see my cousin Rob’s and his wife Sandy’s new house. Even better than the fact that they live so close to us now (and at the beach!) was the fact that I finally got to meet their hairless cat, Belle. Belle is a rescue cat, and has some inner ear problems, is deaf, and blind in one eye. She dances around “like Stevie Wonder,” (Rob’s words, not mine), and is one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met. However, I couldn’t quite help feeling like I was petting a catfish.
My mom especially loves Belle and wants a hairless cat of her own. She has TONS of of personality, and we had the best time playing with her. I have such a soft spot for cats these days!
Belle came from a Sphynx Cat rescue organization. Sandy couldn’t remember off the top of her head which one, but you can search for Sphynx who needs a home at here at Sphynx Rescue or at PetFinder. You know I love pet rescue organizations! Belle obviously made her way to a great home. :)
Afterward, the sun came out for a bit again, and made for a lovely view while we watched Rob fish.
There wasn’t a real sunset, but this must be the “red sky at night, sailors’ delight” the old adage refers to.
I may be a wee bit biased, but St. Joe Beach really does have the most beautiful sunsets in the world.