Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year's Breakfast Casserole

This could also be called the "Tater Lover's Breakfast Casserole"! It is like most of the other recipes we've all seen, but instead of bread in the bottom, it has hash brown patties. Yes, dear friends, crispy, starchy heaven in every bite!

Here's what you do:

Place 8 frozen hashbrown patties in the bottom of a greased 9" x 13" casserole dish. Sprinkle with 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese and 1 lb of cooked ham, bacon (crumbled) or sausage. Blend 7 eggs with 1 cup milk, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard and 1/2 tsp. salt and pour this mixture into the casserole. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

For ours, I made 1/2 of this recipe in a 8" x 8" pan. I used Jimmy Dean Low Fat Sausage, reduced fat cheddar and an egg substitute in place of the whole eggs. I also stirred a tablespoon or so of low fat sour cream into the egg substitute mixture for a little kick. I served it with a scoop of homemade salsa.

To make the salsa you can use a blender, food processor or chop the ingredients by hand. I do mine by hand because we like it pretty chunky.

You need 1-14 oz. can peeled whole tomatoes with the juice, 1/2 half of a small yellow onion, 1-2 jalapenos, seeded or not, depending on your taste, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, 1/2 TBSP. ground cumin and salt to taste, approximately 1/2 tsp. Chop the first 4 ingredients, add the last 2 and stir to combine. This is always in our fridge and we eat it on almost everything!

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