Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Big Bloggy Breakfasts .....

As the manager, chief cook and bottle washer for the local Senior Center I have used many Breakfast Casseroles when we "cook our own" meals once in a while. Here are some of our tried and truly delicious favorites!
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Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
3 Tbs oil
2 lbs frozen hash brown potatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cups cubed ham
10 eggs, beaten
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat oil in large skillet. Add hash browns, onion, and bell peppers. Cook until potatoes begin to brown. Spray 9" x 13" baking dish with Pam. Spread potato mixture in pan. Top with ham. Pour beaten eggs over all and season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently stir to coat all ingredients with eggs. Sprinkle with cheese. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Makes 8 servings. (This is also good without the ham or substitute cooked ground sausage.)


Baked French Toast Casserole

1 (16 oz) loaf Italian bread, sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened (to coat baking dish)
8 large eggs
2-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup pecans, chopped coarse
1 cup fresh blueberries

1. Casserole: Spread the bread cubes in a baking pan and bake for 15 minutes or until dry and hard at 325 degrees. Pull out of oven to cool.

2. Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and pack the dried bread cubes into it. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Then whisk in the milk, cream, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes. Cover the entire mixture with plastic wrap and push the bread down into the egg mixture until soft and well coated. Refrigerate overnight.

3. Topping: Stir the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup together until smooth and then stir in the pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap and also refrigerate overnight.

4. Bake and serve: Unwrap the casserole and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Pull out and sprinkle the blueberries on top, then the pecan topping mixture and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Serve immediately with warmed maple syrup.

You may remove the pecans from the recipe if someone has diverticulitis and can not eat nuts.

Meat & Cheese Breakfast Strata

12 slices white bread

1 lb. fully cooked ham (diced) (or sausage)

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

6 eggs

2 cups milk

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. ground mustard

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

¼ c minced onion

¼ c minced green pepper

¼ c melted butter

1 c crushed cornflakes

Arrange 6 slices of bread on the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Top with ham or sausage. Sprinkle cheese over meat. Cover with the remaining 6 slices of bread. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over all. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Pour butter over bread. Sprinkle with cornflakes. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Yields 8 to 10 servings.

(May need to add an additional cup of milk, I did – original recipe did not state amount of milk so I went by other recipes of this type but they only called for one layer of bread where this one has two – so the need for more milk)



(This works great !!! Good for when all your family is together. The best part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet !!! We really had a great time at the Center with this one ... )
First have your family or guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
Crack 2 or 4 eggs into a dish and whisk well then pour into the bag.
Put out a variety of prepared ingredients such as: cheeses, cooked chopped ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, bacon, etc.
Each guest then adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag, get the air out, zip it shut and shake.
Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.
Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed. No butter, no sprays, just good healthy food!
Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and it's a great conversation piece. We have made these numerous times and never had any problems with bag busting. I had pictures but can't find them ...


Crescent Cheesecake Breakfast Dessert

2 packages Pillsbury Crescent dinner rolls
2-8oz Philadelphia Cream cheese packages
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

Butter 9X13 inch pan. Cover bottom of pan with one entire package of crescent rolls (push together sections and roll out to make one piece).

Whip together cream cheese, vanilla and sugar. Add filling on top of crescent rolls. Cover filling with other package of crescent rolls. Melt butter and cover crescent roll. Mix sugar and cinnamon in one bowl and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before serving.

*Great to make up ahead of time and warm up before serving.

Breakfast Pizza

1 tube Crescent Rolls
1 lb. breakfast sausage
1 small bag Frozen Hash Browns
8 oz. Grated Cheddar Cheese
6 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray 10x13" pan with nonstick spray.
Brown, crumble, and drain sausage.
Press crescent rolls dough onto bottom of pan so that it stretches to edges.
Cover dough with drained sausage.
Top with frozen hash browns and grated cheese.
Scramble 5-6 eggs with milk(uncooked) and pour over all other ingredients.
Place in 350 degree oven for 35-55 min.
Test for doneness in middle with tooth pick.
Cut into squares and serve. .

Try substituting crumbled, cooked bacon instead of sausage.
A fruity substitution might include chopped apples instead of the frozen hash browns.
Try cooking in two pie pans instead of rectangular pan and cut into pizza-shaped pieces.


Blessings! Pam <><

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness Pam! Look at all this bloggy breakfast goodness here on one page. Yum.
    These all sound wonderful...


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