This weekend I've had a small crowd to feed and the easiest way to do breakfast is to make a casserole. We had one yesterday morning and today we needed a different type of casserole.
The Fiesta breakfast bake uses frozen hash browns as a base and has spicy veggies and an egg and cheese topping.
1 bag of frozen hash browns, shredded style
1 jalapeno, diced
1/2 bell pepper,diced
1/2 tomato, diced
2 green onions, diced
sausage or bacon, cooked and crumbled.
2 cups of cheese, shredded (pepper jack would be awesome!)
2 T. flour
Salt & Pepper
1/2 stick butter
Take the hash browns and place them in a bowl and cover with hot water. Once the hash browns are thawed, which should just take a minute or two you can drain the water. I actually used my salad spinner to get as much water off of the potatoes as I could.
Mix 1/2 cup of melted butter with the hashbrowns and toss to coat. Then add one egg, beaten to the mixture and toss to coat.
Using a casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray add the potato mixture and press into the pan and up the sides of the pan. Salt and pepper the potatoes. Then place in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes.
While the potatoes are in the oven you can begin to prepare the rest of the ingredients.
1. Sprinkle sausage or bacon on the hash browns, then sprinkle on the veggies.
2. Sprinkle on your cheese
3. In a mixing bowl beat the remaining eggs and then add the 2 T. of flour and whisk into the
egg mixture. Pour over the top of the casserole.
4. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until the eggs are no longer wobbly. As usual,I inserted a thermometer to ensure that the eggs are fully cooked. I'd feel bad if I poisoned my guests.
Let sit for a few minutes before cutting. Serve with some cheese shreds as garnish, or green onions. You can add a spoon full of sour cream and/or salsa. And enjoy!
I decided that I would definitely prefer bacon with this recipe. I used sausage this time. I also went a little light on the salt and pepper. But that can always be added when served. Lori decided she needed more kick. She would have used more jalapeno, pepper jack cheese, AND hot sauce because that's how she rolls! She's a spice girl.
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!
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