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Italian Brunch Casserole

Here is a deliciously different type of breakfast casserole. Italian sausage, Italian bread, and Italian spices give this casserole an amazing Mediterranean flavor. The Pizza Blend, Chili Flakes, and Fennel Seeds work perfectly with the vegetables and sausage. This is definitely a crowd pleaser, and one that you will want to make for any special brunch. Ingredients: 1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage 8 Green Onions, chopped 2 Medium Zucchini, diced 1 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Pepper 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes 1 tsp Fennel Seeds 2 Tblspns Pizza Blend 1 - 7 ounce jar Roasted Red Peppers, chopped 6 cups cubed Italian Bread 1 cup sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated 6 Eggs 1 1/2 cups Milk


Prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking dish by spraying it well with cooking spray. Cook sausage (remove casings) in a large fry pan until brown, crumbly, and meat is no longer pink. Drain fat from pan. Add the green onions, zucchini, and spices and combine with the cooked sausage. Cook for a few minutes, until zucchini is just soft. Add the chopped Red Peppers. Place half (3 cups) of the bread cubes in the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread half of the cooked sausage mixture over the bread. Sprinkle half of the cheddar cheese and then half of the parmesan cheese over the sausage. Repeat these 3 layers (bread, sausage, cheese). Mix the eggs with the milk. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the top of the casserole. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Place the covered casserole in a preheated 325 degree oven. Cook for one hour or until all cheese is melted. Serve warm.

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