Monday, June 30, 2014

DIY Breakfast Casserole

Last week two out of the four members of our household were out of town, leaving the other half of our family at home to fend for ourselves.

And just between you and me, the two hardiest were left, so there were no problems getting along.  Honestly, the other two just drag us down.  Ha ha, just kidding.

Maybe.

So in between marathon Playstation and blog-reading stints, we did all the usual summer activities: read actual books, got some exercise, played golf and baseball, went to the movies, and took care of the lawn.

Which doesn’t leave much time to make dinner, but as there were only two of us, who cares? Either one of us would have been happy eating cereal every night.

But there was a pound of sausage languishing in the fridge.  Since I hate the thought of meat going bad, I whipped up a little something that is a crowd pleaser around here, light as a summer supper and easy enough for even the laziest summer-loving mother.

Breakfast Casserole.  Check out this recipe if you’re looking for an easy summer meal at home, or even if you’re already tired of getting up early to fry up Pop-Tarts for your kids – the leftovers work nicely as breakfast, too.


I enhanced it just a little.  Don't you just love Andy Warhol?


You will need:

Ingredients:

1 package of crescent rolls.  Look.  I don’t care what kind you use.  I use the Pillsbury kind because I happen to love giggly doughboys.  I am also suspicious of store brand tube dough since the unfortunate gray tube dough event of 2012.

1 c. frozen hashbrowns.  I almost always forget this ingredient.  I have made this dish without the hashbrowns many times.  It’s stupid to forget, because there are like five ingredients in this recipe and if you forget one you clearly have more problems than I do.  I don’t know how that works out.  I know it sounds harsh but I’m telling you this for your own good.

don't forget me


 1 lb. sausage, fried.  I hate frying sausage.  Does anyone else think it smells like a pig in here?



5 eggs.  Not four, not six.  Five!  Why must you make everything so complicated?

I've used six before.

¼ c. milk.  Pretty straightforward.  If you own a cow, it’s about two or three long tugs of the udder’s worth of milk.  Ask me how I know that.

½ t. Salt-n-Pepa.  Bonus points if you sing “Push It” at the top of your lungs while adding these in.

1 c. shredded cheddar.  Eating it out of the bag while adding the cheese is normal.  There is nothing wrong with you.


Does it look like I care that I used the wrong cheese? 
 Does it also look like I style my hair in the summertime?  
The answer to both of these questions is NO.

1 T. Parmesan cheese.  Who doesn’t love this cheese?  I used some grated parm cause not only was I cool the day I made this, but I was also fancy.

Fancy!

Instructions:

Spray the crap out of a 13 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray, and roll out the crescent rolls along the bottom.  They will fit perfectly and you will be amazed. 


Mix the rest of the ingredients up in a bowl.  Don’t forget the hashbrowns!  Add the cooked sausage last.  I never drain it, but you can if you think you’re healthy.  I’ve got news for you - you’re not. 


This is about when I realized I forgot the hashbrowns.

Pour the mixture right onto the dough-lined pan and give it a whiff just because. 

Bake that shizz at 375 for 25-35 minutes. While it’s cooking, you can do any number of things:  Take pictures of your son as he runs through the yard with the lawnmower.  Sit down and read a book.  Laugh because that is never going to happen.  Figure out how to start a blog for your child since he asked you weeks ago to help and now is as good a time as any, and the last time you started one was ages ago, and you've forgotten how.  Water your plants that you let dry out over the weekend.  You’re a horrible gardener.  High five yourself as you realize you were able to pass off a swimsuit cover-up as a dress when you went to the movies earlier.

ARE YOU WEARING FLIP FLOPS?

When it’s done, the toothpick test will prove that it is done.  Whoever came up with the toothpick test was a genius.  The bottom of the crescent rolls should be as brown as your bottom at the beach.  Let it rest for a little while you arrange your table like the Queen herself is coming over for dinner.  Practice your British accent as you cut it into squares.

‘Allo, Guv-nah!

Eat it.  Serve fruit on the side, or a nice tossed salad if you’re feeling especially brunchy for dinner tonight.  The world is your oyster – go for it.  I like sliced tomatoes or watermelon or even a big ol’ bagel with this dish.  Maybe a side of Cheetos would be a little strange, but go on - get weird. And later you can tell me how it turned out, crazy.


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24 comments:

  1. Tell me how you know about the cow and milk! :)
    Also, this looks like a good-for-all-meals-dish. Genius.

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    1. It really is good for all meals! We usually only have leftovers of it at breakfast time, because who wants to do all that cooking in the morning?

      I totally made that up about the cow. My hands have never touched a real bovine udder.

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    2. Have your hands touched a fake bovine udder? Inquiring minds want to know!

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    3. Actually, yes. Yes, they have. :)

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  2. I need to eat this entire thing all down inside my big old belly. Also, I am so excited that you like to be a cheese rebel sometimes, because so do I! *twinsies*

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    1. Cheese rebels! YEAH! I'm totally getting it embroidered on the back of my moto jacket.

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  3. You look about 12 years old in that selfie, and this looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you for saying I look twelve. You're my absolute favorite person today, especially over my daughter who told me just a little bit ago that I am not ever fancy.

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  4. Between the milk comment and the Salt n' Pepa one I am crying my eyes out over here. I love how your always make me laugh while you are cooking!!

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    1. You're not drinking milk, are you? Because it hurts when you laugh and it comes through your nose. Ask me how I know that.

      Answer: Because everyone says so. :)

      Thanks, Elaine!

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  5. Reading that made my mouth water, so WIN.

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    1. It really is delicious. So glad the words worked, because my food photography pretty much sucks. :)

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  6. haha! "Bake that shizz" is my favorite part. And your hair actually looks quite nice.
    My parents do a breakfast casserole every Christmas. It's like this but doesn't have potatoes and I don't like life without potatoes!

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    1. "Life without potatoes" - I do not understand the meaning of this statement. ;)

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  7. I have a boatload of relatives coming tomorrow for the week and I was just wondering what on earth I could make for breakfast. You have saved me from Pinterest, and for that I am beyond grateful.

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    1. Pinterest is a neverending shame spiral for me. I will never measure up to anything over there.

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  8. I could just sit at your kitchen stool (you have a kitchen stool right?) and eat handfuls of grated cheese while I listen to your cooking lessons. Of course I would have to try not to choke from laughter.

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    1. YES! I have a stool. We would be out of cheese in no time.

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  9. PS I pinned this to a massive food board.

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    1. Yay! I hope tons of people re-pin it, if for no other reason than to experience the joy of eating Breakfast Casserole at every meal except breakfast.

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  10. Pinterest. In case that made no sense.

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    1. It did to me! I have over 200 pins now.

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  11. I am not healthy, but I am weird and occasionally fancy.
    Shredded Parmesan and Cheetos for EVERYONE!

    P.S. My mother and father-in-law are coming in a few days and staying for three weeks (THREE!) and I'm totally making this for them. Because they are like the Queen except they wear golf shirts and Tevas. Also, I'm sending them to my sister-in-laws for at least half the time. At. Least.

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    1. Unhealthy and occasionally fancy people UNITE!

      Three weeks? Ooof. My condolences. Thank goodness for sisters-in-law, amiright?

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