EASY CHEESY BREAKFAST CASSEROLE


Yes, this casserole probably falls a little more on the “indulgent” side.  But I have had sooo many requests over the years for a basic breakfast casserole.  And on special occasions, or even just any ol’ day when you feel like a hearty breakfast, this classic recipe is guaranteed to start your day off with a smile.



I have made it (or a version of it) countless times over the years whenever I need a quick and easy meal to serve a crowd.  And I can attest that while it’s a definite crowd-pleaser, it’s also a cook-pleaser because it is super easy to make.  If you don’t want to wake up really early for breakfast, you can also prep it the night beforehand and then pop it in the oven the next day.  Win for you, and a win for your guests 

The steps to make it are simple.  Just brown up some sausage.  (I highly recommend using “hot” Italian sausage, as it will help flavor the whole casserole.)  Then saute some onions, garlic and a red pepper.  (Or you can use a jar of roasted reds.)  Add those together with some whisked eggs, milk and cheese, and toss it all with the potatoes until combined.  Then pop it in a baking dish and cook until the potatoes are tender.

EASY BREAKFAST CASSEROLE WITH SAUSAGE, HASHBROWNS AND EGGS

This easy sausage, egg and hash brown casserole is simple to make, and always a crowd-pleaser!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (I prefer hot, but mild or sweet also work)
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced (or 1 jar of roasted red peppers, drained and diced)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 (20 ounce) bag frozen hash browns, thawed (I used the cubed kind)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • (optional topping: thinly sliced green onions)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Add the sausage to a medium saute pan. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, crumbling the sausage with a spoon as it cooks. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of sausage grease in the saute pan, discarding the rest. Add the onion and red pepper* to the saute pan, and saute for 5 minutes until cooked. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes until fragrant. (If using the jarred roasted red peppers, wait to stir them until after the garlic.) Pour the vegetable mixture into the mixing bowl with the sausage. Add the hash browns and 1 1/2 cups cheese to the mixing bowl with the sausage and veggies. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and black pepper until combined. Then add them to the hashbrown mixture, and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a 11×7-inch or a 9×9-inch baking dish (a 9×13-inch dish will also work), and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the potatoes in the center are cooked through.  (I recommend just using a fork to pull out one of the potatoes in the center of the casserole, and test it to see whether it’s tender and cooked through). Remove and let the casserole rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve!


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