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Want to know a secret? I’ve been planning my holiday menus since before Halloween. Yes, I’m that person.
My holiday menus always include a mix of old standbys and newer flavors. I’m sure my family would probably declare mutiny if I just up and decided not to make my famous VIP Cream Cheesy Casserole or if I served the whole berry cranberry sauce instead of the jellied variety. There are just some things you don’t mess with at our house.
Although I do sneak a new side dish in or experiment with different methods in cooking the bird, holiday breakfast is where I really like to get creative and mix things up. I do like to do special breakfasts during the holidays, whether we are having company or not. It just adds to the general air of festivity when we’re not having cold cereal for breakfast on our special days.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with different breakfast casseroles and sweet treats. Let’s face it, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls disappoint no one. But this year, I think I’ve knocked it out of the park with this savory sausage and sweet potato breakfast casserole. My favorite recipe tester agrees.
My son Kyle is the most fun person to cook for, ever. He eats absolutely everything and he especially loves healthy foods. My daughter, who is grown up now, was medium picky growing up. My son Zack is frustratingly picky and tests my patience with his finicky-ness. Sigh.
Like me, Kyle is an adventurous eater and he’s my go-to when I announce to my family that I’m creating a new recipe. We had a ton of fun in the kitchen together fine-tuning this savory sausage and sweet potato breakfast casserole and we think the rest of the family is going to love the result. Except maybe Zack. Oh well. Maybe you can’t win them all.
This savory sausage and sweet potato breakfast casserole is easy to make. You don’t need any special kitchen equipment. Best of all, you can assemble this dish ahead of time and bake it when you’re ready. That is what makes this dish a winner for me. Although I do like to serve a special breakfast during the holidays, main meal prep gets underway early and I don’t have a ton of time to spend on breakfast.
Because I can prep this early, I can actually spend a little time relaxing over breakfast until I have to go at ninja speed to get the rest of my meal done.
Holiday meals are something I usually do all on my own. I will let someone else bring a side if they offer, because I think it’s rude to not let someone bring something if they ask. Desserts are not my favorite thing to make, although I do make a mean peach cobbler. My husband helps with the bird and if we smoke or fry our turkey, he does most of the work.
The sides, breads, and appetizers are all me, though, and although it is a lot of work, I love to do it. That’s why I appreciate the simplicity and the yumminess of the savory sausage and sweet potato breakfast casserole.
This Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage is the star of the dish.
The sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, potassium, as well as Vitamins A and C. This is a fun (and healthier!) switch up from traditional hash browns.
I love adding the zucchini for a splash of extra color and the onions and sage give this just the right amount of flavor.
Sometimes I can find precut fresh veggies at the grocery store and I always snag them. It’s a little more expensive but it’s a timesaver and the only negative I can say about this dish is that I hate cutting sweet potatoes. This is worth it, though!
If you want to do this as a make-ahead dish, just cover the baking dish and refrigerate until you’re ready to heat. Allow the dish to come to room temperature before putting it in a 350 degree oven.
I love topping this with poached eggs, although you can do fried eggs or no eggs at all.
To make a perfect poached egg, bring your water to a boil and then reduce the heat. You should see tiny bubbles in the water but not a rolling boil.
Add a dash of white vinegar to the water – I’m talking just a smidgen. And no, it won’t make your egg taste any different, but it will help hold it together while it cooks.
Add your egg to a measuring cup (versus just cracking it over the pan of boiling water) and slide it into the pan.
Cook for four minutes and remove with a slotted spoon. Voila.
This is a delicious, savory, and colorful breakfast dish to enjoy on a holiday or special occasion…or just because.
You can buy Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage (and everything else you need to make an awesome holiday meal) at HEB. For a store locator, go HERE.
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- 1 1 lb tube Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage
- 5 cups peeled and small-diced sweet potatoes. (This is about 3 large or 5 small sweet potatoes.)
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 small zucchini, small diced
- 1 tsp dried sage
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 6 eggs (poached or fried)
- Olive oil (optional)
- Ground nutmeg (optional)
Wash and chop fresh vegetables
Cook Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Drain and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pan.
Add sweet potatoes, onion, and zucchini to the sausage dripping. I added a drizzle of olive oil to the sausage dripping, just to make sure my vegetables were evenly coated.
Cook over medium heat, frequently stirring until vegetables are soft and sweet potatoes are tender – about 20 minutes.
Transfer drained sausage and cooked vegetables to a 9x11 baking dish and mix all ingredients together.
Heat in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
Top with poached or fried eggs.
Sprinkle with ground nutmeg, if desired.