Roasted Sweet Potato & Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole (Welcome Costco!)
A gluten free breakfast casserole full of hearty roasted sweet potatoes and turkey sausage topped with gouda cheese. No need to assemble the night before and take up space in the fridge--this throws together fast and goes straight into the oven.
I roast my sweet potatoes by peeling, cubing, tossing with a teaspoon or so of olive oil and spreading them in an even layer on a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. I put them into the oven, turn it on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and let them go about 20 minutes. After that I stir them, then roast in 10 minute increments (usually just one increment) stirring each time the timer dings until they are tender. Depending on the size of the cubes, they are done in 30 to 40 minutes. These keep overnight in the fridge.This breakfast casserole is not really a 'make ahead' type. I have a hard time finding room in my fridge for those pans anyway. There is no bread to soak--it is naturally gluten free. I didn't want to wake up, peel, and roast sweet potatoes and then assemble the casserole before my book group arrived. It was easier to get the sweet potatoes prepped while dinner was in the oven and pop them in to roast since I already had the oven on. Using precooked sausage links meant that it was simple to dump everything in the baking pan, top with cheese, pour the eggs over top, and slide into the oven. The pan, not me. I'm too big for my oven.
I've got a vegetarian (and also gluten free) version of this casserole coming up later. I'm sharing this recipe now because a Costco store is opening up in my neck o' the woods this week (I bought both the turkey sausage and the gouda cheese at Costco) and because I think it would be great to serve guests over the holidays.
How do I shop at Costco if there hasn't been one near me for the past 3.5 yrs we've lived in Ohio? Sled hockey! October through March my son has hockey practice Monday nights an hour away from our home. One of the things you just deal with in disabled sports, I suppose. I find ways to enjoy the outing--like shopping at the Costco or Cincinnati Asian Market that are located a few minutes from the rink. I'm glad to have a closer source for my Costco staples April through September though.For other recipes using sweet potatoes, please see my Sweet Potato Recipe Collection.
Note: the first time I made this casserole, as a test recipe for the family, I used an 8 inch square glass baking dish. We were hungry, we all had seconds, and there were no leftovers. I'll share the ingredients for both an 8 inch and a 10 inch square baking pan and suggest that the 8 inch pan serves 4 to 6 people and the 10 inch pan serves 8 to 12 people, especially alongside other items.
ANOTHER NOTE: I created this recipe to be gluten free through my choice of ingredients. Check labels to confirm that your products are also gluten free. Good sources for determining that your products are gluten free can be found here:http://www.celiac.com/categories/Safe-Gluten%252dFree-Food-List-%7B47%7D-Unsafe-Foods-%26amp%3B-Ingredients/
Roasted Sweet Potato & Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casseroleroasted sweet potatoes (directions above): 1½ cups for 8 inch pan, 2 cups for 10 inch pan
turkey sausage: 6 links cut into coins (same amount for each pan size)
shredded Gouda cheese: 1 cup (8 inch), 1½ cups (10 inch)
eggs: 4 large (8 inch), 6 large (10 inch)
milk: ½ cup (8 inch), ¾ cup (10 inch)
salt: ½ teaspoon (8 inch), ¾ teaspoon (10 inch)
dried minced onion: ½ teaspoon (8 inch), ¾ teaspoon (10 inch)
olive oil: ½ teaspoon (same amount for each pan size)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In the square baking pan of your choice, layer sweet potatoes and sausage. Top with cheese and set aside. In a large measuring cup or a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, seasoning and olive oil. Pour over cheese. Bake for 30 minutes (8 inch) to 45 minutes (10 inch) or until the casserole is puffed and browned at the highest points. It will deflate slightly after you remove it from the oven.
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