Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Try a breakfast casserole

Here's an old South breakfast idea that you don't see around much anymore, at least not on the Coast.

 I saw it on a recent trip to Hattiesburg in several restaurants and it was delicious. It is a hearty breakfast, and can be an economical way to feed a crowd. 

Consider adding shrimp, and you will give it a Gulf Coast feel, add jalapenos to make it spicy, or top with buttered breadcrumbs to give it a crunch.


1 pound breakfast sausage

1 small chopped onion

1 chopped bell pepper

2-3 cloves chopped garlic

1-2 pinches red pepper flakes

10 farm fresh eggs, beaten

1 cup cream

2 cups French bread, crust removed and pulled apart

1 cup shredded white cheddar

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


Cook the sausage until well-browned, remove and set aside. Add the onion and bell pepper to the same pan, season aggressively with red pepper and salt and cook until tender, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Butter a deep casserole, combine all of the ingredients, use a large spoon and make sure it is well mixed. Place in the casserole and bake at 325 f for 45 minutes.