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Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole

This is the recipe for my favorite sausage egg and cheese casserole that my family serves every holiday morning. We call this breakfast casserole Sunshine Pudding! You can put this together the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator and just bake in the morning! 

Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole- Baker Bettie

Every major holiday since I can remember has always, and I mean always, included Sunshine Pudding for breakfast. At least that’s what we always called it. It’s basically an egg, sausage, and cheese casserole. So simple, yet so amazingly delicious.

It is the perfect holiday breakfast because you put it together the night before and it is ready to just pop in the oven in the morning. Perfect for lounging around in your pj’s while breakfast is in the oven.

Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole- Baker Bettie

I believe it was my aunt Jo who started the tradition. And it just spread throughout the entire family. You start with a layer of bread in the bottom of the dish. Eggs are then poured on top of the bread and everything is topped with spicy sausage and cheese. I always add in some veggies too, but that is optional.

Let everything soak overnight and pop it in the oven in the morning. Serve with salsa and sour cream or any other condiments you desire. Maybe it is just nostalgia, but Sunshine Pudding screams the holidays are here to me!

Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole- Baker Bettie

This will be the first Christmas my husband and I are spending away from our families. We are sad to be so far away, but excited to start some of our own traditions together. But we will be incorporating some of our family’s traditions too. Sunshine pudding will definitely be had! It just isn’t Christmas morning without it! I would love to hear all about your holiday traditions!

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Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole

Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This is the recipe for my favorite sausage egg and cheese casserole that my family serves every holiday morning. We call this breakfast casserole Sunshine Pudding! You can put this together the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator and just bake in the morning! 


  • 6-7 slices bread
  • butter
  • 1 small green bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 small onion, small diced
  • 1 lb spicy sausage
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (black pepper can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Cut the crusts off the bread and trim the slices to fit evenly in the bottom of a 13X9" baking dish. Butter 1 side of the bread and lay the pieces butter side down in the baking dish covering the entire bottom of the dish.
  2. Saute the red and green bell peppers and onion until just lightly softened. Set aside to cool. Brown the sausage, drain, and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ground mustard. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread in the baking dish. Top with sausage, bell peppers and onions, and finally with cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 45 minutes or until the middle is set.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467

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12 comments on “Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole”

  1. Yum! Our yearly Christmas breakfast tradition consists of my dad baking Pillsbury cinnamon rolls (as in, pop-can style… classy) It was great when I was a kid, but I think he might have to step up his game! This sounds so much better 🙂

  2. Sunshine pudding is the perfect name! What texture does the layers of bread take on after baking?

    • Hi Emily! The bread completely melts into the casserole. You don’t even really know it’s there. It just gives some structure to the casserole so it holds up nicely when sliced!

  3. this looks like a Christmas morning dream to wake up to. I would have trouble waiting for the 45 min for it to bake OMG yum, thanks for sharing. In my family it was stuffed cabbage Hungarian style with knurdel and sour cream sour kraut and of course the stuffed cabbage. Thanks for sharing this dish I have to make it and not just for Christmas.

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  6. Sounds tasty, good for any holiday especially as it can be baked not being stood over the stove whilst breakfast is cooking allowing me to get ahead with other things makes it a winner…
    Wonderful aroma whilst its cooking combined with the beautiful colors, this is my ‘Sunshine Breakfast’ on these dark, frosty mornings-exactly what we all need to brighten our start to the day…
    This & Eggs Benedict shall be a brilliant start to the New Year in more ways than one!
    We would help Mum & make a ‘Traditional, Full English Breakfast’, which consisted of, Fried Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Tomatoes, Black Pudding & Fried Bread…Followed by hot buttered toast & home-made thick cut, dark marmalade & cups of tea.
    Makes me wonder where we had room for our Lunch after consuming all that, as this was a full Christmas Lunch.
    Starter:- Prawn/Seafood Cocktail with home-made brown bread & butter.
    Main Course:- Turkey, always a Roast of Beef or Pork, with Yorkshire Puddings, Roasted Potatoes, Parsnips, all Fresh Vegetables, trimmings, Bramley Apple Sauce, Mint Sauce & lashings of gorgeous gravy. Various Stuffing, condiments to complement each meat…
    Dessert:- We would have Home-made, rich Plum Pudding served with Fresh Cream, Custard or Brandy Butter or Trifle.
    Phew, then it would be ‘The Cheese Board’, fresh fruit, nuts & ‘After Eight Mints’…
    My Father would sit down & must always be ‘served always first’!

  7. I thought those veggies looked like something new. 😉 I never remember them being in there when I was a newlywed. It was just a few years ago that I realized that it makes sense to call it “Sunshine Pudding”, because it is basically a savory bread pudding. I never understood the pudding thing for years until I made the connection. Happy Thanksgiving to you both! We love you!

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  10. Hi! 
    I made this tonight for breakfast tomorrow! 
    We are really excited! Do you cook it covered or uncovered? 

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