We have all make the regular sausage and cheese casserole for years. With the addition of crisp, tart Granny Smith apples this is really special. If you can find Smithfield Country Ham Sausage it will be double special.
This easy to prepare dish may be assembled in advance, then baked before serving. Great for company brunch or a plain old family breakfast or Sunday night supper.
Apple and Sausage Casserole
1 pound bulk-style pork sausage, I use Jimmy Dean Hot or Smithfield Country Ham
2 cups stale French bread cubes
6 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
3 medium Granny Smith apples (about 1-1/4 pounds, total), peeled cored, chopped
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Preheat oven to 350 degrees when ready to bake.
Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, cook sausage until browned; turn out into a fine strainer and press out all fat. Combine sausage, bread cubs, cheese and apples in a bowl; toss to blend and turn out into buttered baking dish, spreading evenly. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs milk, salt and mustard; pour over sausage mixture. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
Bake uncovered in preheated oven until golden brown and set in center 45-60 minutes.