DSC09899 - Version 2In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I hunted and hunted for a casserole to serve Christmas morning. I like to offer up something protein-rich and savory along with a touch of something sweet.

But, in years’ past, I’ve found the GF, DF casserole recipes to either be lackluster or chock with nightshades.

This year, I decided to create my own.

I rely on an autoimmune protocol friendly (AIP) sausage recipe from the brilliant Eileen of Phoenix Helix for the nightshade-free sausage. She calls it Perfect Breakfast Sausage, and my family would tend to agree that it’s pretty perfect.

Other recipes that I have made use shredded sweet potatoes. I’ve never found a recipe where the potatoes got cooked and mushy enough to be really satisfying. I also wanted a bit more complex flavor profile.

So, in addition to the sweet potatoes, I used shredded turnips and apples in my casserole. These additions offer mellow, neutral flavor plus a hearty mouth-feel.DSC09897 - Version 2

This recipe makes a lot of food. Sixteen eggs … that’s no joke! It serves sixteen substantial squares. Since it was just the five of us, we ate it for days. And, I confess, it was probably at its peak the day after Christmas morning.

If you aren’t avoiding dairy and would like to add a layer of cheese on top, I’d suggest a sharp cheddar.

If you’re headed to a New Year’s brunch potluck or just want a nice make-ahead in case you are a tad under the weather on January 1st, give this a shot.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Serves: 16 servings
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ½ TBSP plus 1½ tsp sea salt, divided
  • ¾ tsp. black pepper, divided
  • ½ tsp. dried sage
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. dried ginger
  • 3 TBSP cold water
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and shredded
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and shredded
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP solid fat (lard, ghee, coconut oil, bacon grease)
  • 16 eggs
  1. Add ground pork to medium size bowl. Break into smaller chunks with hands.
  2. In small bowl or cup, mix ½ TBSP sea salt, ½ tsp black pepper, and sage through ginger with the 3 TBSP of cold water.
  3. Add water and spices to pork and work spice blend into pork with hands until well-combined.
  4. Cover and place in fridge while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  5. Melt fat in a skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Cook onion until translucent, adding ½ tsp of salt as you cook.
  7. Add shredded turnips, apples, and sweet potatoes and another tsp salt. Cook until soft, about 15-20 minutes. You will need to stir regularly to keep the mixture from burning.
  8. Spread mixture evenly in 9x13 casserole pan.
  9. In medium bowl, beat together 8 eggs. Pour egg mixture over shredded vegetables. Set aside.
  10. Remove sausage from fridge. Using the same skillet, brown sausage, taking care to break up chunks.
  11. Crumble cooked and slightly cooled sausage over egg and vegetable mixture, making sure to spread it out well.
  12. Cover and refrigerate casserole overnight.
  13. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  14. While oven preheats, beat 8 more eggs, plus ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper.
  15. Pour egg mixture over sausage.
  16. Cover and cook at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
  17. Remove cover and cook for 15 more minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  18. Serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 137 g Calories: 151 Fat: 6.2 g Saturated fat: 2.0 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 10.1 g Sugar: 3.6 g Sodium: 441 mg Fiber: 1.7 g Protein: 13.5 g Cholesterol: 185 mg

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3 Responses to “Overnight Breakfast Casserole”

  1. on 29 Dec 2014 at 12:37 pmEileen @ Phoenix Helix

    This looks delicious! I haven’t had an overnight casserole since I was a kid, and my aunt used to make them whenever we visited. It’s time to change that! Thanks for the great recipe, and the shout-out.

  2. on 29 Dec 2014 at 1:15 pmKristine Rudolph

    Thank YOU for the amazing sausage recipe! My hubby and the kids kept saying, “The best part of this is the sausage!” I’ll be making it as patties soon.

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