Bakin’ With SAUSAGE and New Years Breakfast!


Greetings in the new year from your King!   However today I am going to temporarily be your KING OF SAUSAGE instead of bacon!

That’s right – you’re not seeing things – I’m actually using SPICY sausage in today’s recipe.   This is a classic New Year’s Day breakfast and is one of THE ROYAL MOM’S favorite yummy casseroles since it uses spicy sausage (which she loves).     So because I like to stay in good with the Royal Mom, I’m making a sausage casserole this morning – but trust me – you’re gonna love it too!

Yes I know that this calls for Ciabatta bread which is a delicious Italian white bread made from wheat flour, water, salt, yeast and olive oil, created in 1982 by a baker in Adria, province of Rovigo, Veneto, Italy, in response to the popularity of French baguettes. Ciabatta is somewhat elongated, broad, and flat, and is baked in many variations, although unique for its holes!    I believe you can use any other bread you like that’s a nice “crusty loaf” – even a Baguette would work……our grocery HAS ciabatta bread in the bakery section but not everyone has access so that’s why I say – use another bread if you need to….!

New Years Day Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients (this is a large casserole for a group – reduce amounts for smaller casserole)

  • 10oz ciabatta bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 lb bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • Additional chopped fresh oregano leaves


  • 1 On 17×12-inch half-sheet pan, place bread cubes. Let stand uncovered 8 hours to dry.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon oregano. Add bread to egg mixture, stirring to coat. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, onion and bell pepper 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink. Drain.
  • 4 Add sausage mixture and 1 cup of the cheese to bread mixture, stirring well. Pour into baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  • 5 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until center is set and cheese is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with additional oregano.

MmmmmmMMMM – GOOD!

From my castle to yours – Happy New Year……

I am the Bacon King…..just today I’m temporary your Sausage King!

44 responses »

  1. Hi Pam. The New Years Day Breakfast Casserole looks delicious but just wondering, can I have an extra piece of chocolate today?
    Have a wonderful day, my dear friend!


    • YES! We saw the recipe in the book and it is an easy one. This is a super duper way to use it too – I just love sausage especially the spicy stuff and this is one of my fave casseroles using it!

      Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too of course!)


  2. You sure know how to start a new year with a bang! I know it doesn’t look like a good day, but sure hope your weather is good enough today for you to get some outdoor time! Happy New Year Teddy … and to Mom and Dad, too. … and I can’t believe I forgot to publish my post.


  3. I like spicy sausage too. You could add in some bacon for a meat lover’s version. Thanks for the recipe. Happy New Year to you and your folks. XO


  4. Teddy! You make a purrfect SAUSAGE KING! Wowzers this looks yummy! Mom is trying to figure out how she can make it without bread…We do eat a lot of sausage around here (bacon had gotten expensive) We also want to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Life is an adventure that’s full of wonderful destinations. Wishing you and your Peeps many beautiful memories made in 2022.


  5. That sounds like a very tasty breakfast dish – or for any meal!!! We got bacon as a treat on Christmas Day as Mom made a big breadfast for the family with all the fixings!!! We only got a tiny taste – Mom says it cost here $11.99 for one pound of that deliciousness.

    Happy New Year!!!

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber


  6. This does sound yummy. Our mom has been having tummy issues, so she is staying away from spicy, but after she feels better and leaves out the onions and peppers, she thinks this would be yummy. Thanks for having great recipes for us Teddy. Happy Mew Year to you and your peeps. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet


    • It’s fun to find recipes to share….hope your Mom’s tummy gets better – tummy problems seem to haunt my Mom a lot too but she insists on having some things she knows ahead of time won’t make her tummy happy!

      Hugs, Teddy


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