Saturday, December 7, 2013

Breakfast Bake

Our LDS Ward was having a Christmas party and asked for volunteers to make a "healthy" Breakfast Casserole.  Now ~ honestly, people... have any of you ever run across such a thing?  But I signed up and decided to try to find and make one.

I ran across a LOT of variations of the typical Breakfast Casserole - most of which use cubed bread, milk, eggs, sausage, cream-of-something soup, and lots of cheese.  But when I saw this one - I thought it had possibilities.  It was great - with one caveat.  It HAS to be eaten hot from the oven.  If it cools much at all, the bread/biscuit base toughens and the consistency changes.  Warming it in the microwave helps, but it's just not the same.  So - have everyone waiting with plates in hand right as it comes from the oven.  

It uses convenience items - canned flaky biscuits, and pre-cubed ham.  The rest is very easy to put together.  It's also much faster to bake than the typical Breakfast Casserole.  Takes about 25-30 minutes.  Mine (link is HERE) - takes an hour or more.  

I found the recipe on - where they claim to have adapted it from a Pillsbury recipe site.  This would be a fun casserole to take camping (baking in a dutch oven) - or to serve after a sleepover, or even on a Sunday night when you don't want to make dinner - but want something hearty.  Try it also with your leftover holiday ham.  

Breakfast Bake (aka - "Comfort Bake")

5 eggs
1/4 cup milk
16-oz can of refrigerated biscuits
4 green onions
1 to 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Any breakfast meat you prefer (I used an 8-oz pkg of cubed ham)... bacon, sausage, etc...

Combine eggs & milk in bowl.  Cut each biscuit into pieces (I cut them into 1/6ths - with a bench scraper).  Add biscuit pieces to bowl to give them time to absorb the eggs slightly.

Slice green onions thinly.  If using breakfast bacon or sausage, brown and drain.  Set aside.

Now add meat, green onions, and shredded cheese into the biscuit/egg/milk mixture - mixing gently until combined.

Pour into a 9" x 13" greased baking dish.  Bake at 350° for about 25-30 minutes.  Check to make sure mixture is completely set and not runny.  

Serve with fruit, orange juice, and even hot chocolate for a great (easy) breakfast or brunch.

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