Sunday, March 31, 2019

Buttery Croissant Breakfast Casserole
























I love this breakfast casserole!  I mean, what's not to like?  It has all my favorite breakfast ingredients....buttery croissants, sausage and this amazing Gruyere cheese!  Gruyere melts so nicely on casseroles or sandwiches or anything else and while it is a lot Swiss, it's really much better.  I have also made this using Monterrey Jack and that gives it a whole different flavor. For the best flavors you want to make this the night before and refrigerate it, although I have to admit, I have made it the same day and it turned out great! 


Buttery Croissant Breakfast Casserole

1 pound pork sausage (I use Bob Evans or Jimmy Dean)
1 1/4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
24 mini croissants, torn  (or use 12 larger croissants)
non-stick cooking spray
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Crumble the sausage in a large skillet and cook over medium high heat until no longer pink. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the torn croissants, the Parmesan cheese, and the salt.  Add the sausage and toss to mix.  Transfer from bowl to your baking dish.





















Next, whisk together the whole milk, the cream and the eggs and pour over sausage and bread mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6-8 hours.



















When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover casserole, and sprinkle with the two cups of Gruyère cheese.  Make sure you completely cover the top. Add more if you'd like. 



















Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and no longer wet in the center. Use a cake tester or knife to make sure.  





















Remove from oven and Let stand 10 minutes. Slice or scoop out and enjoy!
























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Sausage Breakfast Casserole


I’ve never met a breakfast casserole that I didn’t like. This one is from 
my Mom’s collection of recipes.  I can remember her making this the 
night before Christmas and then baking it in the oven while everyone 
opened up presents.  This one might be my favorite because of the 
memories it brings.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

1 lb roll of sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled
4 cups day old cubed bread
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese; shredded
2 (12-oz) evaporated milk
10 large eggs; lightly beaten
1 medium onion; diced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Lay bread in the baking dish and 
sprinkle with cheese. 
















In a medium bowl, mix evaporated milk, beaten eggs, dry mustard, 
onion powder, diced onion and salt and pepper.
















Pour evenly over bread cubes and cheese. Next, sprinkle the top with 
crumbled sausage.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to bake:  Remove casserole from refrigerator and add 
remaining cup of cheese on top.  Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until 
cheese is golden brown.Preheat oven to 325° degrees.


















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Friday, March 15, 2019

Corned Beef and Cabbage
























I've cooked corned beef just about every way you can cook it.  I’ve baked it, roasted it, braised it, slow cooked it.  But my favorite way is the way my Mom used to make it....using an oven bag.  The flavors are more intense, the meat is more tender and far more juicy and it has the texture of a prime rib roast.  The oven bag is the way to go and the way I made my corned beef this year.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

1 Reynolds Oven Bag, Large
1 tablespoon flour
1 (3 lb.) corned beef brisket
1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 large head green cabbage, cut in large wedges
1 bag baby carrots
10 red new potatoes, skins on
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Shake flour in Reynolds Oven Bag and place in a 9x13-inch baking pan.  Add corned beef to bag, fat side up. Sprinkle fat side of beef with pepper and seasoning packet.
























Layer orange slices and vegetables around meat and pour water over everything. Close bag with nylon tie and cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag.


























Tuck any loose edges of bag into pan and bake for 3 hours, or until fork-tender. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving.











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Monday, March 11, 2019

Creamed Chipped Beef Over Buttermilk Biscuits
























I love creamed chipped beef and make it for breakfast often. I love it over toast or just plain bread and even over my buttermilk biscuits. Sometimes when we were little, my Mom would mix in ground beef and call it hamburger gravy and biscuits. Sometimes she served it over mashed potatoes and it was a real treat! This creamed chipped beef is so easy to make and so delicious. If you use corn beef in a package or jar, you want to rinse it first as it tends to be salty. We all know this is called SOS and what that stands for. No need to share it with anyone.


Creamed Chipped Beef  Over Buttermilk Biscuits

I love creamed chipped beef and make it for breakfast often. I love it over toast or just plain bread and even over my buttermilk biscuits. Sometimes when we were little, my Mom would mix in ground beef and call it hamburger gravy and biscuits. Sometimes she served it over mashed potatoes and it was a real treat! This creamed chipped beef is so easy to make and so delicious. If you use corn beef in a package or jar, you want to rinse it first as it tends to be salty. We all know this is called SOS and what that stands for. No need to share it with anyone.

Creamed Chipped Beef  Over Buttermilk Biscuits

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk or half and half (half cream/half milk)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 (4.5-ounce) jar or package of dried beef, sliced or chopped

In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. When it starts to sizzle add flour and whisk for a full minute. Continue to whisk as you pour in the milk and pepper. I do not add salt to mine as the beef tends to be plenty salty but you can add to taste if desired. Continue to stir until gravy has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in sliced dried beef. Serve immediately over toasted or untoasted bread, biscuits, waffles, English muffins or mashed potatoes! So good!

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, very cold from the freezer
1 cup cold buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 450. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal. Add the buttermilk and mix just until combined. At this point if it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about 1/2" thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.

Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet touching each other. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they are a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom. Do not over bake.

Hints: You want your ingredients to stay cold so you want to handle it as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits. So work quickly. If you use a food processor the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of over mixing. You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly. Don't roll these with a rolling pin or you will have tough biscuits.

You can also make them up and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, drop them into a ziploc bag or container for up to one month. Then just bake frozen biscuits as you need them in the oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Crispy Hash & Eggs Breakfast Skillet






























While I categorize this recipe under Breakfast, I could eat it any time of day.  I just love it!  That crispy corn beef hash topped with perfectly sunny side up eggs and a side of toast for dipping that rich glorious yolk.  WOW! I get hungry thinking about it.  I make it from whatever ingredients I have on hand, but I’ve even been known to open a can of corned beef hash and fry it up when I get in the mood. Either works for me.

Crispy Hash & Eggs Breakfast Skillet

1 package (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash browns
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 to 5 cups chopped cooked corned beef (or canned)
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large non-stick skillet, fry hash browns in oil and butter until potatoes are browned and onion is tender. Remove from the heat; stir in corned beef and add salt.  Using a spatula, pack it down firmly to form a solid cake. 

 

























Cook, undisturbed, for 4 minutes, then, with the spatula, invert the hash, a portion at a time, and fold the browned bits back into the hash. Lightly pack the hash into the pan again. Repeat the process every minute or two until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked, about 8 minutes longer.

 




























Make 4 wells in the hash browns. Break one egg into each well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and continue to cook on low heat until eggs reach desired doneness. 






























Shortcut: use a can of corn beef hash

Add can of hash to the melted butter and oil in large skillet.  Cook over medium heat and pat down with spatula to make one solid layer on bottom of pan. Reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking the hash until the underside is crusty and well browned, about 10 more minutes.


 
 


























Using the back of a spoon, make four indentations in the hash. One at a time, break eggs into a saucer and slip them into the indentations. Increase the heat to medium, cover the skillet and cook until the eggs are just set, about 6 minutes. Serve immediately.







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