Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter (or anytime) Brunch Breakfast Casserole

Well, I love brunches – they are earlier in the day, you can have casual dress but formal table....and MIMOSAS!  And Easter is a holiday known for brunch!  SO I thought, let me share some great and easy brunch recipes for this holiday. 

Last weekend we had some friends and family over for a brunch and boy did we have a blast!  Beautiful table, great food and fabulous company.

The menu included fresh fruit salad, Breakfast casserole, roasted potatoes and whole grain harvest bread.

The table is set – so let's get to cooking!

Isn't that a pretty table?!
Breakfast Casserole
the below is fully leaded (9points plus) if you make the substituions next to the ingredients – it brings it down to 5points plus.

  • 1lb sausage (sub in turkey sausage to cut points or use another lean meat like thick cut Boars Head turkey or veggies chopped up to cut points even more.)
  • 10 eggs (I use organic)
  • 2C organic heavy whipping cream (sub in half & half to cut points)
  • 2C shredded mild cheddar or mexican mix cheese (sub in reduced fat to cut points)
  • 2t dry mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9x13 pyrex dish with cooking spray.  
  • Brown your sausage and drain off the fat.  Spread the sausage in the bottom of the pyrex dish.
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs, cream, dry mustard, salt & pepper with a whisk until well mixed.  Then fold in the cheese with a spatula. (I learned the “add the cheese last” the hard way – trust me this is easier.)
  • Once well mixed pour over the sausage and put it all in the oven for about 50 – 75mins (it really depends on your oven.)  
  • You know it's done when, much like a cake, you stick a toothpick or knife in the middle and it comes out clean.

There was a whole lot of "Isn't that a beautiful casserole???" when this came out of the oven.
A great side for this roasted potatoes and so easy!  When the casserole is done – cover with foil and pop it in the warming drawer if you have one.  Otherwise after covering in foil, wrap it in a bath towel to insulate and keep it warm.  Turn the oven up to 425.

Roasted potatoes – much like hashed browns but way less grease and fat.
  • 10 little red potatoes – leave the skins on.
  • 2T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2t herbs de province (or rosemary or other spice you love)

  • wash and quarter the potatoes and put them in a mixing bowl.
  • add oil, salt & pepper and spices.
  • Stir till everything is covered.  
  • Pour everything into a roasting pan.
  • Bake for 25 – 30mins.  Stir half way through. Serve with casserole – or burgers.  Great replacement for french fries too.

Happy Easter and Passover to all who celebrate!   May you have a lovely & yummy spring!

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