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   I will never understand why I can’t get myself out of bed on time during the week, but on the weekend I am wide awake at 6:30.  Thank God that doesn’t happen every weekend. 

It wasn’t too terrible to wake up early this morning because I got to enjoy the sunshine before the clouds rolled in.  There was also extra time to put this breakfast casserole together.  I know that this recipe is not original.  I was excited to try it because it let me use the breakfast sausage from Brad Moore’s Farm.  This is my first dish using any of the pork that he brought to our Farm to Fork meat buying club (see more info here).

I don’t normally like sausage all that much, but this stuff was great!  There are about 1 million different variations of this casserole, and you can put it together the night before and just pull it out and bake it in the morning.  I halved the recipe and it turned out fine. You could freeze the leftovers and pull them out during the week for a quick breakfast if you wanted.  The next time I will add some vegetables to the mix; tomatoes and green onions come to mind.

Weekend Breakfast Casserole

  • 4 cups of english muffins, cubed (you can use bread if that is what you have)
  • lb pork sausage;   crumbled, cooked and well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 10 large eggs
  • cups milk(I used 2% and it was fine)
  • 1teaspoon dijon mustard
  • teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Place bread cubes in prepared dish, top with sausage and cheese. Beat together eggs, milk, mustard and salt.  Season with pepper.  Pour egg mixture over sausage mixture.   Bake casserole until puffed and center is set, about 50 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

       

     

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    This week we had a pot-luck brunch at work.  Since I’m not that big on sweets for breakfast, I brought a frittata as my dish.  Frittatas are the Italian verison of an omelette.  They are super easy to make, all you need is a good nonstick skillet and a broiler.  I threw everything together in the morning before I went to work.

    My favorite frittata has bacon, feta cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil.  You can use whatever you have on hand or makes you happy. 

     Maria’s Favorite Frittata (this is all an estimate, so just wing it!)

    • 3/4 of a pound of bacon, chopped into small pieces
    • 2 small tomatoes, diced
    • fresh basil, about 2 tbps chopped
    • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
    • 6-7 eggs
    • 1/4 cup of water
    • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar

    Preheat the broiler in the oven.  Cook the bacon in a nonstick skillet until crispy.  Remove the bacon from the pan and spread out on a paper towel to drain.  Pour the bacon grease from the pan, leaving a thin layer on the inside of the pan. (This step is important to allow easy removal of the frittata from the pan at the end). Place the pan back on the stove and keep on low heat.

    Beat the eggs and the water together in a large bowl, then add the bacon, tomatoes, basil and feta.  Toss together and pour into the pan.  Turn up the heat and cook the mixture on the stovetop until you can see everything starting to set.  Add the cheddar to the top of the frittata.  Transfer the pan from the stovetop to the broiler.  If your pan doesn’t have a metal handle, wrap the handle in aluminum foil to protect it before it goes in the oven.  Broil the frittata until the mixture is completely set and the cheese is brown and bubbly.  Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a plate.   NOTE:  THE PAN WILL BE REALLY HOT, USE A POTHOLDER!!!    Frittatas are good warm or room temperature.

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     As a side note,  if you think that this recipe sounds good, or if you can’t follow it, please leave me a comment know so I can make changes!

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