Breakfast Casserole

I created this recipe to mimic my favorite breakfast meal, Jimmy Dean’s Delights Turkey Breakfast Scramble Bowl, which I love! Even though I’m an early morning riser, up usually around 5:30 a.m., I still don’t seem to find time to make a hot, fresh breakfast so the frozen meals were/are a perfect solution.

It hit me one morning when I went to the freezer, rushing my way out the door to get to work, I realized I hadn’t been to the grocery store and was completely out of stock. UGH. At that moment the lightbulb went off in my head. I can make a big pan of this breakfast scramble myself – and – have enough servings to last the entire week. BRILLIANT! This will save me money and I can mix-up the recipe each week with different ingredients. So, that’s what I’ve been doing for months now.

BreakfastCasserole

Here is the recipe I made this week:

4 – Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage patties

4 – slices Turkey Bacon

7 – whole eggs

8 oz egg whites (I use 1/2 carton of egg whites)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup  fat-free half & half, or milk

20 Ritz crackers (I like whole wheat flavor or reduced fat variety)

4 oz. reduced fat Mozzarella or Italian blend cheese (really – you can use any cheese you like)

1 can white hominy (found in the canned corn section)

1 medium size potato (pre-cooked)

red pepper flakes (to your taste satisfaction)

1/2 teaspoon salt (This recipe can over-salt easily so be stingy with the salt.)

OPTIONAL Adds:  Kale, Spinach, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Black beans

Grease or use Pam Cooking Spray: 13 x 9 pan

Preheat Oven:  370 degrees

TO PREPARE:

Potatoes:  Dice and boil until medium-soft. Don’t overcook because they will continue to cook in the oven.

Sausage & Bacon:  Cook in a skillet ahead of time, make sure bacon is fully cooked.

Hominy and/or Black beans:  Rinse and drain. Never put into casserole directly from the can. Always rinse first.

Line the bottom of the pre-greased baking pan with the Ritz crackers. They don’t need to completely cover the bottom.

Mix together with a beater in a deep bowl:  Eggs, egg whites, half & half, salt, baking powder and baking soda

Start building the casserole: (in this order)

  • Ritz Crackers on the bottom
  • Sausage & bacon
  • Cheese
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Hominy or beans
  • (add optional ingredients next)
  • Potatoes
  • Pour egg mixture over entire pan
  • Option to sprinkle a little more cheese on top.

Bake for 30 minutes at 370-degrees.
Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

 

IMG_8241A 13 x 9 pan makes about 7 – 8 servings.

DELISH!!!

 

 

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