Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Easy Peasy Breakfast Casserole

Okay, before anyone asks, no there are no peas in this breakfast recipe. Peas are for lunch or dinner, not for breakfast. Green things should never be served at breakfast. Memorize that. Okay, one exception: green frosting on some donuts. That is the limit, people, I swear!

So, over the weekend, we had our first of several extended-family Christmas celebrations - 12 people, 2 days, 1 house...lots of food and fun were had. But one staple at every holiday gathering (at least with this specific group of people!) is a breakfast casserole. Because 1) it's easy to make ahead of time and 2) we all love it. This weekend was no different, but as we were talking and laughing and passing around the casserole dishes for seconds, I thought this would be the perfect recipe to share with you guys...because who doesn't need a fast, easy breakfast idea during the holidays?

What You Need:

6 eggs, beaten
1 package Ore Ida hash browns - I like the circle kind, not the shredded...but this time could only find the shredded. It was just as good. Who knew?
12 oz Cheddar Cheese (you could also use Velveeta, what's any casserole without Velveeta?!?)
16 oz Farmland Cubed Ham (if you have time and/or left overs and want to chunk your own ham, even better. You could also substitute sausage or bacon or any other breakfast meat)

Optional ingredients: 1/2 medium onion, chopped
                                1 green pepper, chopped

How you do it:

Coat the bottom of a 13X9 baking dish (I use Pyrex, do as you will) with Pam. Put the hashbrowns in a layer on the bottom, top that with the ham, then eggs and if you've chosen to include the onion and green pepper, throw that in now. Then top with the cheese. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. **Note: This recipe will serve 6-8 people, depending on the level of hunger. And love of eggs, cheesy goodness and ham.

That's it - I like to make this the night before, that way the morning of the breakfast, I just need to pre-heat the oven and get back to the chatter. Enjoy!