Start the morning with The Jolly Rancher’s Breakfast Casserole and you will conquer any Monday. If your day still turns out to be one of “those”, you can be sure it had nothing to do with your breakfast!
In fact, it’s SO delicious, that I can almost say eating it on a Monday morning will make your Monday feel like a Friday! Well…if it’s still insists on behaving like a Monday, you can always think back to this wonderful stuff and have a really happy thought in the midst of your Monday conundrums.
As I’ve said before, living so far from real civilization forces one to be resourceful, so I’m always thinking up possible combos as I’m digging through the frig, or the freezer. So this particular day, I came upon several leftover cooked potatoes. Oh…well, I don’t feel like making hash browns and it’s been too long since a good breakfast casserole…and here’s a pack of pork sausage. Yay!
Let’s get going….I’m starving, aren’t you?
Flomp the pork sausage into the preheated pan and brown it with the chopped onion. It’ll look yummy, like this, but will smell even better….it’s pork sausage, you know!
While that’s cooking, shred up enough cooked potatoes to equal 2-3 cups. We’re not picky here…round the amount up or down so you don’t have any chunks remaining lost in your frig–use ’em up, folks! That’s the point here! Use leftover baked ones, boiled ones, grilled ones, crockpotted ones (yes,The Maid will bake potatoes too!) ….we don’t care. Just shred ’em! And, yes, them thare are peelings you see—I NEVER peel a potato. Put them in your greased pan, like so:
Sprinkle the top of the potatoes generously with pepper and salt….and I mean generously. Eggs are blechy without enough salt, people.
While the meat is finishing, shred some cheese….unless you have the already shredded stuff, which always makes for a happy dance! (I detest shredding cheese…) Then beat the eggs and milk together.
Spread the meat mixture over the top of the shredded potatoes, then the shredded cheese, and pour the eggy mix over the top of all.
Please. Now pause a moment….and take a good, long, hard look at this photo below. Notice how beautifully golden-yellow your world becomes when you use superior farm eggs from happy chickens!
Whoa! Stop! Don’t eat it yet!!
Oh, and I guess I better warn you, these pictures will not look exactly like YOUR casserole—I have a double recipe going on here, folks, so my pan is bigger than what the recipe calls for. Don’t panic-it’s all good!
It will look similar to this beauty when it comes out of your oven….and your house will be smelling SO wonderful! NOW it is ready to eat!
Since all occupants of your house are now wholeheartedly present, (there may even be some neighbors lurking in the crowd), having followed their noses to the delectable aroma in your kitchen, serve it up!
Send them off to school, work, play…whatever! No matter how their day goes, you can rest in confidence that it at least started off just dynamite!
- 1/2 pound pork breakfast sausage
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2-3 cups shredded cooked potatoes
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, or cheese of your choice
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Brown sausage and onion together in preheated pan. Drain fat, if needed.
- While sausage is browning, spread shredded potatoes in greased 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Spread browned sausage and onion on top of potatoes. Top with shredded cheese.
- Beat eggs and milk together until well combined. Pour over top of cheese.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, or until center is just about set.
- Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
- Feel free to add ingredients to your preference-- green peppers, other veggies.
- Substitute bacon, link sausage, ham or other meats for the sausage if you'd like.
One more thing– I have a lot of fun doing the food photos. They’re not all glamorous….
“Good-bye, Wicked Chicken-Witch of the East!”