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Steve’s Christmas Casserole


Tram used my kitchen to film another cooking segment, this time with the whole family. Steve & Tram’s new home will be finished in late December, so my kitchen is their surrogate TV kitchen until then.


The last time Tram filmed a cookie baking segment with Zak & Zoey, I had a hair appointment, so I wasn’t home for the filming.


This time, all four of them were here to make a Christmas casserole and it was so much fun to be a fly on the wall and watch it unfold. Look how adorably skeptical Zoey is of Zak’s cheese grating abilities.


Zak was going to town on that poor block of cheese the entire time … I was dying. Mom, Dad, and Zoey were all so focused on their own tasks that none of them noticed what Zak was up to. Late the next day I got a text from Tram saying that she just finished putting the piece together and couldn’t believe what Zak was doing to the cheese. I can’t wait to see how Tram edited it. It will air next Monday (Dec 12th) early morning (in the 6:00 hour) on (NBC) 12News.

My photos of the food aren’t all that great, since I was too focused on taking photos of the action, but trust me Steve’s family recipe is delicious.


Steve’s Egg & Sausage Casserole

  • Softened butter
  • 8 slices bread, torn or cubed
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 pounds bulk breakfast sausage, browned and drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup

Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Place the bread cubes in the prepared dish and sprinkle half the cheese on top. Add the browned sausage.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the milk, the eggs, and the dry mustard until well blended. Pour over the sausage. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


The next morning, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Top the casserole with the remaining cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk the soup and the remaining cup of milk and pour over the casserole. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours.


Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.


Serves 8 to 10







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1 Tram Mai { 12.06.16 at 7:39 AM }

That POOR block of cheese!! Zak mutilated it!!! I have a whole new respect for you Linda, and all the other talented chefs who cook on TV and make it look so perfect!! For us, this was far from it!!! Thank you once again for lending us your kitchen, capturing these messy but memorable moments, and being the great friend you always are!!! Love you so much!!! XOXO

2 Marissa { 12.06.16 at 8:31 AM }

Haha I can’t wait to see the entire thing with Zak stabbing the cheese with a whisk

3 Anonymous { 12.19.16 at 4:31 PM }

This looks delicious and this is the first time that I’ve seen Tram’s twins since they were first born! They’re beautiful!

4 Linda Hopkins { 12.19.16 at 9:39 PM }

Dear Anonymous, they truly are!

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