This recipe is so easy and all you need to do is make it up the night before, stick in the refrigerator and bake the next morning. For years I have made this for my family on Christmas morning. It is one of those comfort foods that just makes you feel all warm and happy inside. Go back for seconds? Are you kidding me?! Well, you better hurry before others get the same idea!
I made the basic version (just bread and cheese), but you can add all sorts of other things to it, like crumbled bacon, cubes of ham, diced green chili’s, olives or roasted red bell peppers – whatever floats your boat.
Baked Bread & Cheese Casserole
1 large loaf of Sourdough Bread
4 cups milk
2 tsp dried Mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 pound cubed Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 pound cubed Cheddar Cheese
Heavily grease a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish
Cut the loaf of Sourdough bread into cubes, leaving the crust on. In a bowl whisk the eggs into the milk. Add the dry mustard and pepper and stir. Cut the cheese into bite-size cubes. Place the bread into the casserole dish. Spread the cheese over the bread. Pour over the egg/milk mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, remove the plastic wrap and place the casserole into a COLD oven. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees and bake for one hour, or until the bread is a nice golden brown. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before cutting.
For a little extra, garnish with salsa and sour cream.