Sunday, April 6, 2008

Wake Up Casserole

I don't know about you but on the weekends I enjoy special breakfasts that involve a little more time and effort. Heaven knows that I'm not about to break out the eggs Benedict on a Monday morning after being awakened every few hours by a teething baby the previous night. My go-to weekend breakfast casserole is based on one from my creative mother in law and it is as easy as it is delicious! In fact I make this nearly every Christmas for brunch.

Wake Up Casserole

2 1/2 cups shredded potatoes
5 eggs
8 oz of your preferred cheese
1 cup milk
4-5 pieces of bacon OR 3-4 oz sausage
dash of salt

If you want to skip a step, you can purchase store bought shredded hash browns. Otherwise, skin and shred two potatoes then squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can from them using paper towels. Place them into a skillet with some hot oil and fry them for to desired crispiness adding salt and pepper to your liking. Place shredded potatoes in a single layer in a grease pie pan or 9 x 9 casserole dish. Crisp bacon or brown sausage and crumble. Mix that with eggs, milk, salt, & cheese and pour that over the potatoes. You could easily add your favorite vegetables here for a healthy boost - shredded carrot, red or green pepper, green onion, etc. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.


Nick said...

Yum, that looks really good. I have most of those items in the fridge, I'll have to try it. I think I'll use sweet potatoes and cheddar cheese. I don't have sausage, but I do have a package of Gimme Lean "Soysage". I've been starting to get it more and more, it's some really tasty stuff and scarily healthy. Thanks for sharin!

- The Peanut Butter Boy

jenny mae. said...

soy sort of freaks me out. i try to not rely on it too heavily. there is a really great article on it from mothering magazine that i feel is worth a read - try googling "the dark side of soy". we regularly have soy/tofu products in the house but again, major moderation. BUT the ingredients you listed sound awesome. sweet potatoes especially!

Amy said...

That looks amazing!

jenny mae. said...

amy- i just made it tonight for tomorrow's breakfast using ham instead of sausage/turkey, cheddar, and broccoli! can't wait to try it out!