I don't know if there is another morning that is as magical as Christmas morning! The house always smells more like fairy dust and glitter that day and the anticipation of goodies left by the big man puts everyone on edge with excitement! I love Christmas morning! It has changed a lot since having kids. Last year my oldest got a scooter and managed to get out of bed, crawl over grandpa, open three doors and walk past one uncle and got to his presents before anyone was awake! I could not believe it! We all woke up to hearing him ride the scooter through the house and yelling about all of the goodies Santa had left. My youngest rolled out of bed, walked in to find his new red bubble car and just parked his little booty inside the car until he was fully awake. Tradition in our house on this morning has always been breakfast casserole. We love it. I can make it the night or two before and just bake it that morning. It is hearty and keeps us full until we are ready to sit and eat a big meal in the afternoon. I usually have monkey bread and fruit with this...it's Christmas after all!
Christmas Morning Casserole
8 slices of bread torn in pieces
1 lbs of mild pork sausage cooked and drained (use a potato masher when cooking any ground meat, it gives the meat a more even texture when cooking and doesn't leave you with huge chunks!)
2 cups frozen cubed hasbrowns
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
Grease a 9x13 and line with bread. Next, layer sausage, hasbrowns and cheese. In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients and whisk to make sure everything is really combined. You don't want to bite down into a lump of mustard or full egg yoke. Pour mixture over the layers and allow it to sit for 30 minutes to overnight to soak in. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden and a knife comes out clean when inserted.