With the holiday season upon us, it makes me think of all the fun traditions my family does together each year. A particular tradition has been going since I was just a little kid. It’s simple but it has a lot of meaning.
My grandma (my dad’s mom) always used to make a breakfast casserole for their family growing up. It’s a special casserole typically made only for the morning of a holiday. When she passed away, my mom continued her tradition for my dad, and it was something they would do for my brother and me. We like to call this special breakfast casserole “sausage souffle.”
We make sausage souffle for every holiday and special occasion. (My mom even made it for us for the morning of my wedding!) It’s something my family looks forward to each holiday morning. When I lived at home, my mom and I would prep the souffle the night before, no matter how late it would be. We couldn’t go to sleep until the souffle was prepped! We’d wake up the next morning, throw it in the oven, pop English muffins in the toaster and pour Sunny D out for everyone. It’s the same exact way every single time.
Now that my brother and I are older and have moved out, the tradition has changed a little. My mom still makes it for my dad, and now I make it at my home for my husband and me. As for my brother, well, let’s just say he still relies on my parents to do it. My husband and I now wake up, eat ours and — it never fails – end up eating some at my parents’ house as well!
It may seem like a simple breakfast to some, but to us sausage souffle is a meal that brings my family together each holiday morning no matter what. It doesn’t matter how old we get or where we live, the tradition always stays the same. It’s a special one I plan to carry on and pass down for many more years to come.