Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

Christmas brunch

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. –Charles Dickens

This was so good and so easy.  I made this Christmas morning and all of us gobbled it up.   Thanks to Sara for the lovely fruit salad we had with it.  We all loved the pomegranate seeds she added to it.

About 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 small cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 large bag of shredded hash browns (32 oz bag), thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 medium container (16 ounces) cottage cheese (2 cups)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4-6 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages Jimmy Dean sausage
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 12 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack.  Cook for about 15 minutes or until done.  Drain fat, pat bacon with paper towel to remove excess fat.
  2. While bacon is cooking, crumble your two packages of Jimmy Dean’s sausage in a fry pan and cook.  Drain grain and rinse excess fat from sausage in a strainer under hot water. 
  3. Open 2 small cans of green chilies and dump contents into a bowl.  
  4. Add the dried onion flakes and cottage cheese to the chilies and stir together.  (I was about a cup shy on the cottage cheese so I added a cup of sour cream to make up for it).   Sprinkle about a tablespoon of onion powder over the mix and stir.
  5. Add 4-6 cups grated cheese and about a 1/2 cup of sour cream and mix all this together, then add crumbled sausage and stir together.  
  6. Add bag of hash browns to the mix and combined thoroughly.
  7. Spoon this mixture into your lightly greased casserole dish.
  8. Mix 12 eggs together with a fork in a separate bowl and then pour them over the top of the casserole.
  9.  I poured about a 1/2 cup of milk over the top of the casserole to help moisten it at this point.  
  10. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the top.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for about 50-60 minutes until lightly browned on top or until bubbly around the edges. 
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French Toast

My friend Julie shared this recipe with me.

  • 1 loaf French Bread (13 to 16 oz)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1 inch each.  Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13 inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly.  Pour mixture over the bread slices.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Spread praline topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline topping:

  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans if you like
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well.

Make Ahead Christmas Morning French Toast

 

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Make Ahead Christmas Morning French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • Bread, sliced, to cover butter mixture
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Arrange bread pieces on top. Beat together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla and salt. Pour egg mixture over the top of the bread. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning, bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Egg and Ham Quiche

Ingredients

3 to 4 slices white bread, cubed
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound precooked ham, cubed
5 eggs
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

Grease a glass or ceramic 9-inch pie pan. Cover the bottom of the pie pan with a single layer of bread cubes, followed by ham, followed by cheese. In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, dry mustard and salt until frothy and fully combined. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the pie pan. Drizzle melted butter over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the egg mixture is fully set and the top is golden brown.

Quick Ham and Cheese Egg Cups

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“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. — Richard G. Scott

Photo from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiww029wB28

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooking spray, for pan
  • 12 thick slices of ham
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 12 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400º and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Line each cup with a slice of ham and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Crack an egg in each ham cup and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake until eggs are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

 

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ingredients:

1 pre-made pie shell
6 eggs
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 cup diced ham
¼ cup diced onion
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Directions:

Spray saucepan with cooking spray and then sauté onions and ham together for about five minutes.

Pour sauted ham and onions and shredded cheese into pre-made pie shell.

Beat the eggs with heavy cream.  When blended, pour it over the ham and onions and cheese mixture.

Bake 35-45 mins until set.  Let stand for ten minutes before cutting/serving in wedges.  Serve with a tossed green salad and crusty French bread.

Slow Cooker Bacon, Egg and Hashbrowns

Slow Cooker Bacon, Egg and Hashbrown Casserole

Original recipe site: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/slow-cooker-bacon-egg-hash-brown-casserole/

Ingredients

  • 20 ounce bag frozen, shredded hash browns
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 green onions, sliced thin
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking oil (to lightly coat slow cooker)

Directions

Lightly grease your slow cooker with cooking oil. Layer half of the hash browns into the bottom of crock pot and top it with half the bacon, half the cheese, and one-third of the green onions. Set aside some bacon and green onion for garnish and then repeat with a second layer of hash brown, bacon, cheese and onion.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper and slowly pour over top. Cook until eggs are set, approximately 2-3 hours on high, or 4-5 hours on low. Sprinkle remaining bacon and onions on top and serve immediately, with or without hot sauce.

 

Elaine’s Green Chili Egg Puff

 

 

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” –Corrie ten Boom

This recipe is from Elaine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 16 oz container creamed small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 lb shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 2 4-oz cans diced chilies

Directions:

Beat eggs until smooth and lemon colored.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  Pour into lightly greased 9×13 glass baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until top is golden brown and center appears firm. Serve hot.

 

 

Lion House Crepes

Lion House Crepes Recipe

blueberry crepe with cream

When You Arise In The Morning, Think Of What A Precious Privilege It Is To Be Alive – To Breathe, To Think, To Enjoy, To Love.  –Marcus Aurelius

Original recipe link, click here.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and process about 1 minute. Scrape down sides with rubber spatula and blend about 30 seconds more. Refrigerate for 1 hour. To cook, heat omelet pan, crepe pan, or skillet over medium-high heat–pan should be just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Brush lightly with melted butter. For each crepe, pour in just enough batter to cover bottom of pan, tipping and tilting pan to move batter quickly over bottom. If crepe has holes, add a drop or two of batter to patch. Cook until light brown on bottom and dry on top. Remove from pan and stack on plate. Makes 12 crepes. Note: If you are making crepes ahead to use for two meals, cut out squares of waxed paper or aluminum foil and place between crepes. Store on a plate in the fridge.

Breakfast Crepe Fillings:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Hash Brown Potatoes
  • Canned pie fillings – blueberry, apple, and/or cherry
  • Fresh fruit – peaches, strawberries, bananas, blueberries — your choice
  • Cottage Cheese, ricotta cheese, and/or cream cheese
  • Nutella Spread
  • Whipped Cream, flavored yogurt, sour cream
  • Melted butter with a little lemon juice added
  • Powdered sugar

Dinner Crepe Fillings:

(If desired, warm the sliced meat in a skillet before serving.)

  • Thinly sliced ham
  • Thinly sliced turkey
  • Thinly sliced Provolone cheese
  • Softened Brie Cheese
  • Crumbled Feta
  • Cooked asparagus spears
  • Arugula lettuce
  • Sliced mushrooms sautéed in butter
  • Tomatoes sliced into thin spears
  • Cucumber peeled and sliced into thin spears
  • Red and yellow peppers sliced into thin spears
  • Creamy Caesar, Honey Mustard, Ranch, or other favorite salad dressings

Savory crepes make a great Conference supper.

 

 

Texas Bacon Waffles

 

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“I was seven before I realized that you could eat breakfast with your pants on.” –Christopher Moore

I can’t believe I have never made waffles with bacon in them before.  Now all I need is a waffle iron in the shape of the great state of Texas.

2 eggs, separated
1 3/4 c milk
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 3/4 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 package bacon, cooked and crumbled

Whisk egg yolks, milk and oil. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir just until combined. Batter will be lumpy. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter, being careful not to over mix. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons bacon onto preheated waffle iron. Pour batter on top of bacon. Sprinkle with another 2 tablespoons bacon. Close lid. Cook until golden.