Italian Breakfast Casserole
Italian breakfast casserole
Quick & easy and all Italian! This is a quick and easy recipe that has a great Italian taste, that is understated, which makes it perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! The preparation time is about 10 minutes and the baking time is about 25 minutes making the total cooking time about 35 minutes. You use banana peppers, onions and tomatoes, which makes it a healthy and fresh tasting casserole. This is an easy recipe because the only spices that you need to add is 1/8 teaspoon of salt & pepper, but yet because you use Italian ground sausage there is plenty of Italian seasonings going on. What really gives this dish the great Italian taste, texture and smell is the 2 cups of Italian cheeses that is used, one inside the casserole and one on top! The Italian blend should have Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Asiago, Fontina and Romano.
Pick your portions & bread! This recipe was prepared in a 2 quart casserole dish which makes four generous portions, if you want to feed more, double the recipe and bake in a 13 x 9 x 2 in casserole dish. You can then feed from 8-10 people. With sausage, eggs, cheese and hash browns you will find this a very quick and satisfying breakfast. My favorite bread to serve with this casserole is a pan sprayed with butter spray and stacked full of my favorite layer biscuits and baked at 350 degrees along side the casserole until brown about 10-15 minutes.
6 eggs beaten
2 Tablespoon butter
1/2 Pound ground Italian sausage
1 cup thawed hash browns
1/8 Teaspoon salt
1/8 Teaspoon pepper
1 Medium tomato diced
1/2 Cup mild salsa ( can substitute tomato puree or tomato sauce)
1 Large chopped onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 Cup chopped banana peppers
4 ounces canned mushrooms or 1 cup fresh mushrooms sliced
2 Cups Italian blend cheese ( Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Asiago, Fontina and Romano cheeses).
1 Pinch parsley flakes fresh or dried for top garnish
Preparing the meat and vegetables. In 1 tablespoon butter brown the Italian sausage(breaking down the large chunks) and place the sausage in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon butter and in the sausage dripping add banana peppers, onions and tomatoes and salsa one at a time in one minute intervals. Next add 1 tablespoon minced garlic and cook until onions are transparent and tender. When done add to mixing bowl with sausage.
Adding the eggs & cheese. In mixing bowl add 6 beaten eggs and one cup of thawed hash browns. Then add 1/8 teaspoons of both salt & pepper. Add one cup of Italian cheese and mix all ingredients in the bowl together and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish which has been sprayed with butter non-stick spray. Top with one cup of Italian cheese and top with a pinch of parsley flakes. Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest about five minutes after baked before serving.
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