This week's recipe for maple sausage and waffle casserole is surprisingly light. Traditionally, breakfast casseroles are made with a custard composed of heavy cream and up to 8 eggs. The folks at America's Test Kitchen found that whole milk and 6 eggs produced airier results, and let the flavors of the sausage and cheese shine through. Substituting frozen waffles for regular bread lightened the recipe even further, and was a perfect compliment to the maple syrup.
- Yield:6 servings
- 6-8 frozen waffles (1/2-inch thick, not Belgian-style)
- 12 ounces maple breakfast sausage, crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups whole or low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 375ºF. Arrange the waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes per side.
Brown the sausage in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking it apart with a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Add half of the waffles in a single layer. Add half of the sausage and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Repeat layering the waffles, sausage, and 1/2 cup more cheese. Whisk the eggs, milk, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until combined. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place weights on top. Refrigerate the casserole for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325ºF. Let the casserole stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Uncover the casserole and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup the cheese over the top. Bake until the edges and center are puffed, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.