Amaze friends and family when you cook this Blueberry French Toast Casserole outside on your Big Green Egg! Feel free to substitute blackberries or strawberries, bananas, or even peaches if that sounds better to you!
15 slices Texas toast-style white bread
1 pound breakfast sausage, cooked, crumbled, and cooled
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup salted butter, melted and cooled
4 ounces fresh blueberries
Maple syrup, warmed, for serving
The night before you plan to cook, tear each bread slice into nine pieces and put the pieces in a large bowl. Add the sausage and toss to mix. In another large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy and blended. Add the butter and whisk until blended. Add the half and half, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to the egg mixture and whisk. Pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture. Using a large spoon, gently fold them together until the bread is evenly soaked.
Spray a 9 by 13-inch EGG-safe pan with vegetable cooking spray. Pour the bread mixture into the pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the blueberries over the top, distributing them evenly, and then push them down into the bread mixture just to hold them in place. Cover the casserole and refrigerate for at least four hours and up to 24 hours.
In the morning, take the casserole out of the refrigerator to warm at room temperature for one hour. Prepare the EGG to cook indirect with the convEGGtor at 350°F/177°C. Uncover the casserole, place it on the EGG cooking grid, and cook for 30 minutes. Spin the casserole 180 degrees to ensure even cooking and continue cooking for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the casserole is firm and set in the middle.
Remove from the EGG and let rest for five minutes. Serve with maple syrup on the side.
Makes about eight servings.
Recipe and photo from Big Green Egg.