‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Has the Perfect Brunch Recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers

by Courtney Blackann

“NCIS: Hawai’i'” star Vanessa Lachey is a big-time family gal. She always shares her sweet family moments in posts on social media. And recently, she appeared on the TODAY Show to share some delicious holiday traditions in her household – which includes a Thanksgiving brunch made purely with leftovers.

Following a big Turkey dinner, friends and family always send each other home with a bunch of leftovers. While turkey and cranberry sandwiches are life, it’s always good to have more options for a big brunch.

And the “NCIS” actress knows just what you need for something quick and easy – and the best part is the whole family can get involved. Sharing a new book of recipes, Lachey says that her cookbook is for busy families. She adds that she wants to encourage families to gather in their kitchens and prepare a good meal without feeling like they have to “chef it up.”

Gathering Ingredients

Starting by browning some leftover sausage on the stove, Lachey throws in a bit of chopped onion. As she’s doing this, the “NCIS: Hawai’i'” star says she has her daughter quarter some store-bought biscuit dough and throw them into a greased pan. Lachey says to bake the dough for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until it’s golden.

After the dough is golden, Lachey then adds the cooked sausage and onions to the dish, followed by an egg mixture. From there, she says to cook it for another 15 minutes. As she pulls it from the oven while it’s still warm, she adds cheese to make a quick and easy breakfast casserole the whole family will love.

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, the “NCIS” actress also shows the TODAY hosts how to make a super easy bunt french toast cake using store-bought biscuits and a cinnamon/sugar mix. For all the details, check out the video below.

“NCIS: Hawai’i'” Star on Family Move to the Island

While the TV star prioritizes her family, when she got the opportunity to star in “NCIS: Hawai’i’,” she wanted to make sure it was the right move. Living on an island so far away from other relatives is not easy. However, the actress’s supportive husband Nick Lachey encouraged her to accept the role.

“It’s an incredible honor for her. She’s embraced the responsibility of what that means to take on that kind of a role and she’s loving it. [She] worked [her] entire career for this moment. This is her moment, which is why we’re all here to embrace this opportunity with her and to see what she’s doing and see how she prepares for this day in and day out, how much she cares about her cast mates and crew and the way she takes care of them. She’s an incredible person and this is her time to shine. It’s very cool to be on the sidelines watching that happen,” he said during an interview with ET.