The last of our Thanksgiving company left last night and our house is back to semi-quiet.
One of the things I do when we have overnight guests is to have breakfast ready to go. This is especially good on big cooking days like Thanksgiving and Christmas when you don't need a lot of extra cooking going on in the kitchen.
My favorite thing to make, which is always a hit, is a big breakfast casserole. I make it up and bake it the night before. Cool the casserole, cut it into squares, wrap it up and refrigerate. In the morning all that's needed is a couple minutes in the microwave for each piece. Since some people are early riser and some like to sleep in this casserole can be heated up piece by piece as needed. All I have to do is set out a stack of plates, put the coffee on and make sure there's orange juice in the fridge. There's also cereal, milk and fruit for those who don't want a heavy breakfast.
(Eggs, potatoes, cheese and sausage)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 pounds bulk sausage (spicy if you like it hot)
32 ounce bag Ore-Ida frozen Potatoes O'Brien (diced potatoes with onions and peppers)
1 stick butter, melted.
Cook the sausage and chop into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink. Drain the grease and set aside to cool slightly.
In a large bowl blend together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the milk and eggs and mix until well blended.
Add the frozen potatoes, cheese and sausage to the egg and flour mixture and stir to combine.
Place the melted butter into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch oven safe dish.
Spoon the potato/egg mixture in to the casserole dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cut into squares and serve warm from the oven or cool and refrigerate. Cut in to squares and reheat in the microwave.
I like this casserole as is but some in my family like to splash on hot sauce or a couple spoons of salsa and a little sour cream. It's good however you fix it.
Do you have a favorite breakfast casserole?
Setting an extra plate at my table and making a place in my heart!