Your Big Green Egg grill is something you can use at any time of the day, any time of the year. We can whole-heartedly confirm that it is one of the most versatile pieces of cooking equipment!
This week my parents-in-law were visiting and they are big breakfast lovers. Specifically, my father-in-law cannot get enough of French toast. So when we stumbled across this recipe for Blueberry French Toast Casserole baked on the Big Green Egg, we knew we had to try it. The casserole turned out amazing! Even my mother-in-law who doesn’t share my FIL’s sweet tooth went back for seconds. Yum!
Since this breakfast casserole needs to sit for at least four (and up to 24) hours after assembling it, we made this the night before. And since the dish then needs to sit for an hour before grilling it, we had brunch. I couldn’t convince hubby to wake up early on his day off to start the grill. Can’t blame him, I didn’t want to either! 😉
A day before you want to eat Blueberry French Toast Casserole, cut or tear 15 slices of Texas toast white bread into 1in cubes. We actually used a loaf of French bread, and it turned out really well. Cook and crumble a pound of breakfast sausage and mix it with the bread cubes in a large bowl.
In a second bowl whisk 8 large eggs. Add 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 cups half-and-half, 1 cup milk, 2TBS brown sugar, 1TBS vanilla extract, and 1/2tsp salt. Whisk everything together to make a smooth, frothy mixture.
Combine the bread/sausage mix with the egg mix and carefully stir until all the bread is covered nicely. Fill the mix into a greased 9×13 dish, sprinkle 4 ounces of blueberries on top and push the berries into the mix. Cover and refrigerate for 4-24 hours.
An hour before grilling, take the french toast casserole out of the refrigerator. Set up your Big Green Egg to indirect heat and preheat to 350F. Once the EGG is preheated and the casserole has had a chance to warm for an hour, place the pan on the grilling grid, close the lid and cook for 30 minutes. Then, turn the casserole by 180 degrees and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes until the casserole is firm and set in the middle. Allow the French Toast Casserole to rest for five minutes before serving it with maple syrup. Enjoy!