My hibernation instincts are becoming more and more urgent with each drop in temperature that we experience, here in southeast Nebraska. We don’t actually have a speck of snow, right now — just raw, bitter, windy cold. Excuses not to venture outdoors are easy to come by and it’s a time when I find myself staying inside, doing lots of baking and creating savory, body and spirit-warming dishes for my family. Breakfast is a big winner morning, noon and night at our house and one of my favorite things to fix can be prepared quickly and then just popped into the oven. Once it comes out of the oven, in all it’s hot, cheesy goodness, my family (young and old) will swarm this dish and leave nothing behind. I often make a double batch so there will be leftovers. Squares of this tasty and filling casserole are delicious warmed and stacked on a bun, bagel or between two slices of bread for breakfast on the go. You can also crumble them into a pita pocket or tortilla and also have a delectable portable breakfast for the last-minute, sleepy heads rushing out your front door. It works as well for lunch, brunch and dinner as it does for breakfast and honestly, serve it with a salad, some fruit and /or veggies and you have a delicious, pretty well-balanced meal.
You could use your family’s favorite breakfast meat in this casserole, whether it be sausage, ham or bacon. We love sausage; and the fresh, lean and flavorful taste of Wright Brand Breakfast Sausage is one of my favorites to cook with. I purchase it at Sam’s Club and not only is it high quality meat, but it is also a great value. For a little over $9 I get THREE trays of sausages! Since it only requires one tray to make a meal, that’s a great money-saving value!
Whip this up for breakfast and make an extra one to use for breakfasts, all week long! You’ll love how quick and easy it is to put together! Enjoy!
- 10 Wright Brand Breakfast Sausage links (app 1 lb.)
- 2 cups shredded raw potatoes (Can substitute hashbrowns that are thawed and patted dry or rehydrated.)
- 18 eggs
- 1¼ cups milk
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 large red bell pepper
- ½ large red onion
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional garnish: sour cream, diced tomatoes, parsley
- Grease a 9x13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove sausage from casings, crumble and brown. If you use Wright Brand Sausage, it is so lean it won't even require draining. If not, be sure to drain off any excess fat.
- Spread the shredded potatoes in an even layer in the bottom of the 9x13 pan. (Peel and shred your own potatoes, thaw frozen hashbrowns and then pat them dry, or like me, you can rehydrate dehydrated hashbrowns to make this dish. All work equally well.)
- Layer the cheddar cheese over the shredded potatoes.
- Sprinkle the browned and drained sausage over the cheese layer.
- Dice the onion, pepper and parsley. I tend to make these smaller than a dice, since my family prefers smaller chunks. Try not to leave these out, though. They add so much depth and flavor to the dish.
- Spread the veggies and parsley over the sausage.
- Mix the eggs and milk in a large mixing bowl. Whip until light and frothy. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture over the layers in the 9x13 pan.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until completely set in the center.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Cut into squares and serve with sour cream. parsley and diced tomatoes.
Easy, hearty comfort food is a great way to start a special morning (or just a cold winter one) with the people you love. This recipe definitely fits that category and is filled with delicious ingredients. You’ll notice as it bakes, this casserole reverses its layers, with the egg and potatoes forming the base and the sausage, cheese and veggie’s rising to the top. I hope you will enjoy working this sensational dish into your meal rotation.
What’s your favorite, easy breakfast recipe? Do you and your family enjoy “breakfast for dinner”? If you enjoy high-quality, fresh ingredients as much as we do, I think you’ll love Wright Brand Sausage. You can learn more about it and collect some great recipe ideas by following the company on Facebook or Twitter. Plus, you can visit selected Sam’s Clubs on January 31 and February 6th & 7th to visit Wright Brand Sausage demo stations and sample it for yourself.
I’m sharing this recipe and post as a member of #CollectiveBias and as part of the #TheWrightBreakfast campain.