Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BREAKFAST for Dinner!! Breakfast Casserole

One item that gets scheduled often in my menu is breakfast!! And...it's on tonight's menu!

There is something so hearty and filling about a good breakfast! This casserole is one of my husband's favorite dishes. Even though we have it monthly, the ingredients always change...so, it's never the same dish every month!

This casserole is a good base recipe. As Rachael Ray often says, "It's a method, not a recipe." You can adjust the ingredients to your family's likes and dislikes.

In a lightly greased square baking dish, place a layer of cooked, cubed potatoes, about 4-5 medium (you can also use storebought shredded or cubed hashbrowns). Be sure to salt and season!

(TIP: I tend to overcook my potatoes when I boil them. :-( So, I now bake them in the microwave - or oven!! For this dish, wash 4-5 medium potatoes. Pierce 5-6 times with a fork and place on a paper towel in your microwave. Cook on high 4-5 minutes. Turn potatoes and cook an additional 4 minutes or until a fork inserts easily. Let cool - or even refrigerate overnight! - then peel and cube... or grate for a nice change! I also use the microwave to cook my potatoes for potato salad!) Check out Janelle's great ideas for using leftover baked potatoes!

Change it up! Don't have time to fuss with potatoes?! Use leftover salad croutons! Our family prefers potatoes, but croutons are another variation!

Now comes the fun part!! I often schedule this casserole after HAM, so I can use up leftovers. Tonight's casserole consists of layering onions, ham, and shredded cheese:

You are limited only by your imagination! Onions, peppers, mushrooms, sausage, ham, bacon...whatever your family loves! Hot sauce, salsa...delicious possibilities are endless!

Now, beat together 3 eggs and 1 cup of milk (don't forget to salt and season):

Pour into casserole dish:

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until top is puffed and golden and knife inserted in center comes out clean.

(This time can vary greatly!! Depending on how many ingredients you use. When I've used frozen green peppers, the added liquid increased my cooking time. I've had this casserole take as long as 1 hr 15 min - keep this in mind for prep and finish time!)

Let cool about 5 minutes. Cut and serve with your favorite toast, muffins, or coffee cake!

If your family is small enough, leftovers of this casserole are actually quite good!!

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Jamie and Emily said...

YUM! We are definitely going to try this... I have a different breakfast casserole recipe we like that uses cubed bread, but this sounds even better! =)

Janelle said...

I LOVE it!!! Great way to use leftovers in a new way! And now I'm thinking....I haven't really blogged about leftover ham other than quiche. Thanks for the idea! :-)

Tina Butler said...

Oh goodness this looks good. I love breakfast casseroles. I will try this one next time my MIL is in town. I always make a breakfast casserole for her. I am in need of a new one. Thanks.

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Oh, that looks SO good! :)

Just stopped in from SITS!

MaRiN said...

This looks like a recipe my family would love! I have to throw this one in my "to try" folder. Thanks!

Toddler Crafts Onna said...

I love breakfast for dinner!! That looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by from SITS.

Melissa said...

Looks good! My sister makes something like this, but as a side dish, without the eggs.

I have something for you at my blog:

Unknown said...

I've been wanting to try a breakfast casserole! This looks great!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention in my last comment, but my mom always said that if I would have had a twin, her name would have been Stephanie. So, every time I see that name, I think of "family."

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