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The Breakfast Casserole

This is one of my favorite make-ahead dishes. There are a zillion versions of it online and I've made dozens of my own, but my first introduction to the brilliance of adding Ranch seasoning was from Plain Chicken and I will forever be grateful!


What nicer thing can you do for somebody

than make them breakfast?" ~Anthony Bourdain


I have used every kind of breakfast meat, every kind of cheese, and both kinds of hashbrowns. Unless you completely forget and don't take it out of the oven, there is no way to mess this up.


Here is my version (or two)... at least for today.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces frozen diced hashbrowns

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

  • 2 cups diced ham or 1 lb ground sausage

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (with sausage, parmesan is even better!)

  • 8 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk or half and half

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 package Ranch Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp dried basil


Directions:

  • Toss frozen hashbrowns in a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and let them defrost on low heat. Add ham and heat for about 10 minutes. (If using ground sausage, cook sausage first, omit olive oil, and add potatoes after the sausage is cooked. Heat through.)

  • Whisk: eggs, milk, sour cream, seasonings, and Ranch seasoning

  • Add meat/potato mixture to a buttered 13x9 baking dish.

  • Layer cheese on top AFTER potatoes and meat are fully cooled

  • Cover in egg mixture (if making ahead, cover with foil and refrigerate)

  • Cook covered at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Refrigerated, 50-70 minutes. Edges will be golden brown and a knife will come out of the center clean.

This can be made the night before and refrigerated. For most even baking, take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before putting it in the oven.


Makes 8-10 servings and I love to serve mine with asparagus, sliced tomatoes, and of course... champagne!


Cheers!

 

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