Italian Breakfast Casserole

 Easy & quick with great Italian taste!
Easy & quick with great Italian taste!
 Half a pound of Italian sausage.
Half a pound of Italian sausage.
 Onions, banana peppers, tomatoes, minced garlic and salsa done and ready for the mixing bowl.
Onions, banana peppers, tomatoes, minced garlic and salsa done and ready for the mixing bowl.
 Hash browns thawed and ready for mixing bowl
Hash browns thawed and ready for mixing bowl
 Meat & veggies before adding hash browns.
Meat & veggies before adding hash browns.
 Mixed & topped with Italian cheese and garnished with parsley ready to be baked 25 minutes.
Mixed & topped with Italian cheese and garnished with parsley ready to be baked 25 minutes.
 Baked for 25 minutes or a golden brown, let rest 5 minutes, then serve!
Baked for 25 minutes or a golden brown, let rest 5 minutes, then serve!
Make a great meal better, add layered biscuits to metal tin sprayed with non-stick spray.
Make a great meal better, add layered biscuits to metal tin sprayed with non-stick spray.
 Dished up and ready to eat! This dish is not just for breakfast!
Dished up and ready to eat! This dish is not just for breakfast!

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

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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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Ahhhh,Nifty@50 you made the mistake of including the secret ingredient,Salsa,Lol;)


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Yes, I must confess I wanted to increase the tomato base slightly without altering the taste profile, that is why I stipulated mild salsa (which is basically tomatoes cilantro & onions). I wanted to keep the taste Italian instead of opting for the South West route by adding chili powder and perhaps black olives(not that there's anything wrong with that)! Thanks Mentalist acer for your astute observation & post!


spike03 6 years ago

I love reading posts for cooking.. yummy!


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twentyfive 6 years ago

The breakfast I've been craving :) Bookmarked this hub for future use :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

You know what nifty, I'm going to have to make sure that I have eaten before I started reading one of your hubs. Because by the time I've finished looking at all the wonderful pictures and reading all the great ingredients, I'm starving. :( Rating thumbs up and bookmarking! :)


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks spike03! Cooking posts are my favorites as well!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks twentyfive for your post! I made this recipe to use tomatoes & banana peppers we are growing out back! Fresh ingredients and you save a little money in the process!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

I have to give the photography props to my wife, she takes great pictures! Pictures are worth a thousand words an old saying that is so true. I won't buy a recipe book that doesn't have pictures and the more the better! Thanks Money Glitch for you post!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Just bought some banana pepper plants today at the nursery. Hope to get them and other plants in the ground tomorrow. Some of the plants already had harvestable peppers on them! Inspired by the photos in your last hub. This recipe sounds great!!! The Fall garden in Houston is often even better than the Spring garden. So crossing my fingers for great success.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Peggy for your post! Last year we bought some peppers and they gave us banana instead of bell. The banana peppers grew at a much faster rate and we prefer the taste! They are milder and blend in better with more recipes. Best of luck!


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triosol 6 years ago

very beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing so many Breakfast Recipes.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks triosol for your post! Breakfast is my most favorite meal of the day, I think it's because this is when I am the most hungry!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I loved this - thanks. Looks so delicious and relatively easy to do. Will have to give it a try sometime soon.

A question - what are "biscuits"? You use the term for something other than what I understand by it. From the photo they look like what I would call scones.

Thanks again for sharing.

Love and peace

Tony


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your post tonymac04! Actually scones are fairly rare in the United States and most Americans would be hard press to tell you what they are. Round-shaped British scones can resemble North American biscuits in appearance, but scones rely on cold butter for their delicate, flaky texture, while biscuits are more often made with animal fat or vegetable shortening and are crumbly rather than flaky. Also, while scones are served with coffee and tea or as a dessert, biscuits are served more as a bread, often with breakfast.[8]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scone_(bread)


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Yumm! It sound good. I will try to make some. Thank you, Sir.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Freya Cesare for your post! This casserole is a good departure from your regular two egg breakfast! Enjoy it in good health!

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