1 lb. ground pork sausage
8 large eggs
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
6 slices day old hearty white bread (or, whatever day-old bread you have on hand)
2 c. whole milk (room temp.)
3 T. pure maple syrup
1 t. dry mustard
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the 13 x 9 in. baking dish with the non-stick cooking spray.
In a cast-iron skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat, until browned and crumbly, approx. 10 minutes. Spoon the browned sausage into a colander lined with dry paper towels to drain the excess fat.
Tear the bread into cubes approx. 1 in. in size. Place cubes in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Top the bread cubes with the browned sausage and shredded cheddar cheese.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eight eggs, the 2 c. whole milk, the maple syrup, the dry mustard, the salt and the pepper. Gently pour the egg/milk mixture over the bread/sausage/cheese mixture in the baking pan.
Bake casserole until the eggs are set and the top is golden, approx. 40 min. Let stand for 10 min. before serving.
Source: a family friend.