Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Morning (or any time) Egg Bake

I am working on our Christmas Eve and Christmas day menus.  For Christmas morning I am going to make a Creme brulee french toast and an egg  bake.   This post isn't really a recipe since I always just throw together what I have on hand.  So this is more of a concept you can run with.
The egg bake has sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, carrots (and any other veggies I have on hand) and sits on a hash brown crust.

The hash browns need to be precooked before adding the egg mixture.  I oven bake my hash browns the night before so final preparation and cooking in the morning is quick.  The recipe for the oven baked hash browns is found here.
Cook them the same way as I cooked the smaller patties in this post  but don't bother trying to turn it over.

Next you saute your sausage (or bacon, or you can leave the meat out all together).  Toss in the rest of your veggies.  I used red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, and carrots.  All the veggies were chopped and I used about 1/4 - 1/3 cup each.  Use whatever you have on hand.  I added these chopped veggies to the pan with the sausage to cook.  After the veggies were soft and the sausage fully cooked I added about 1 cup of spinach to the pan and took the pan off the heat.
In a mixing bowl I added eight eggs and 1/2 cup of heavy cream then beat them together with a pinch of salt. I added the egg mixture to the pan with the precooked hash browns then sprinkled the veggie sausage mix over the top.  Last I added a handful of shredded cheese.
This went into a preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  The time will vary based upon the oven and the ingredients.  Everything but the egg is cooked when it is put into the oven.  You can tell it is done when the whole thing is puffy, including the center.
Depending upon whether this is the only thing you are serving or not this will serve 4 to 8 people.  You can easily increase the number of eggs to a full dozen to accommodate more people.
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14 comments:

  1. looks and sounds delish! I would have to leave out the mushrooms, onions and peppers but I bet it would still be tasty!! Shall I show up with some juice and toast Wednesday morning? :)

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    1. The great thing about this dish is you can make it any way you like. I love recipes that are "concepts" rather than rigid. I never have everything on the ingredient list and I hate running to the store at the last minute. I should start meal planning. That would make a good resolution... if I made resolutions that is!

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  2. This looks so yummy! There isn't anything I like much better than a breakfast casserole and yours looks absolutely scrumptious! And those hash brown also look great! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Debbie. Thanks you. The hash browns really were awesome. I need to make a day to make and bake them in bulk to freeze. They freeze and reheat beautifully. The egg bake, not so much... but it sure is yummy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. This sounds and looks delicious and such healthy ingredients. What a wonderful way to start out Christmas day. And it even looks pretty with all those pretty colors. I have always loved eggs with mushrooms and adding many ingredients. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Marla. This is also great with asparagus and roasted tomatoes. There are endless variations. The only catch is it does take some time to cook all the way through so you need to plan a bit for the cooking time. Otherwise just throw in what you have on hand. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I've been trying to find one like this kids are picky eaters thanks for sharing visiting from create it thursday have a great new years

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    1. Hi Robin. This is such an easy way to hide the veggies as well as to serve veggie with breakfast... even if you need to cover it in ketchup for the kids. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love your way of cooking, we do it the same here. Just take what we have throw it together and hope it's not big gray dog food. Thanks for sharing this also on Tuesdays With a Twist, pinning to my breakfast board.

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    1. Joyce I love you comment "hope it's not big gray dog food". I think that is how I learned to cook, trial and error. I knew I was getting better when the dog (and cats) was getting fewer food experiments. Thanks for the comment and the Pin!

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  6. I bet it was YUMMY because it sure looks good! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  7. It looks Yummy. Thanks for sharing at tune it up tuesday!

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  8. I just made this for dinner. Last of the Christmas ham. :) Thanks for the recipe and tips.

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    1. Hi Michal! Great job. We just finished up the last of our ham too. I need to buy smaller hams but it was so good.

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