Food & Drink

A Day-Making Breakfast Casserole

The surefire way to light up someone’s morning

Photo: Johnny autry | Food Styling by Charlotte Autry

Dinner isn’t the only meal that’s worthy of a doorstep drop. “Breakfast is often the forgotten meal for consoling,” says Karl Worley, the chef and owner of Biscuit Love in Nashville. Starting the day with a great dish, he says, sets the mood for everything that comes next. Last year, to support struggling farmers and purveyors and help people access fresh food, Worley and his wife, Sarah, opened the Biscuit Love Pantry, an online shop offering local delivery of breakfast-y goods ranging from fresh eggs to milk to bacon, and their LOVE BISCUITS, LOVE OTHERS T-shirts raise money toward mental health and addiction treatment for restaurant workers. While he’s known for pouring love into his biscuits, Worley especially likes to brighten someone’s day with his mother’s breakfast casserole, which she made every Christmas. The make-ahead meal has just six main ingredients—including squishy white bread, eggs, cheese, and pork sausage—but comes loaded with flavor. “I love it because it allows for a fresh hot breakfast with minimal work by the recipient,” he says. “While I desire to be able to comfort people with words, I have the ability to comfort with food—I just feel like food hits so much deeper than my words often can.”  


  • Alma’s Breakfast Casserole (Yield: 8 servings)

    • 1 lb. pork breakfast sausage

    • 6 slices squishy white bread

    • 10 large eggs

    • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

    • 2 cups whole milk

    • ½ tsp. mustard powder

    • 1 tsp. kosher salt

    • 1 tsp. black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (if baking same day). Brown sausage in skillet, breaking up into pieces. Allow to cool. Cut bread into cubes. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Mix into the bowl cheese, milk, mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Add bread and sausage, then mix to combine. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish or 3-to-4-quart oval baking dish, and bake for 45 minutes until brown on top.

  2. To prepare ahead: Mix all ingredients and place in casserole dish. Cover and keep in the fridge overnight. Bake the following morning.

Recipe by: Karl Worley
Nashville, Tennessee

Drop-off Tip: Deliver warm in the morning or unbaked the night before. Add some good coffee, along with fresh-squeezed orange juice and sparkling white wine for mimosas.