All that is left of Santa’s visit is happy children and a pile of paper and ribbons. Everyone is tired because it’s only about 5 am. The kids have been up since 4. Paper was enthusiastically torn off of gifts in seconds and strewn all over the family room. Coffee hasn’t even finished brewing. And now that gifts have been opened, everyone turns to look at you. What’s for breakfast?
Because you are like the mother boy scout (read: always prepared) you have made a casserole ahead of time and left it in the fridge. You can now just pop it in the oven and sip your coffee. But the question looms: a sweet or a savory casserole?
On the sweet team is a Maple Berry Breakfast Casserole. Made with torn sweet bread, frozen berries and eggs, it is so easy it’s almost a shame that its so good.
Maple Berry Breakfast Casserole
1 loaf King Hawaiian Bread, torn into chunks
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 1/2 C. milk
2 C. frozen berries
In a greased casserole, place the torn bread. Mix together the maple syrup, milk and eggs. Pour over the bread. Top with the frozen berries. Let it sit overnight.
The next day, heat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 30 min. Serve with maple syrup.
On the savory team, sausage and spinach breakfast casserole, complete with a crispy hash brown topping. Hearty and filling, this could truly hold everyone over until dinner.
Sausage and Spinach Breakfast Casserole
1 package frozen Ore Ida shredded hash browns
3 C. fresh spinach
1 pkg. Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage, cooked
1 shallott, chopped
1/2 C. milk
2 C. shredded cheddar
In a greased casserole dish, put a layer of hash browns and set aside. Cook up the sausage. When the sausage is almost finished, add the shallot and spinach and cook until all the spinach is wilted. Whisk together the eggs and milk until they are completely incorporated. Add the sausage mixture to the hash browns that you have spread in the casserole. Pour the eggs over the sausage mixture. Then top the whole thing with more hash browns and the cheddar cheese. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake, covered, for about 30 minutes. Let cool. Put in the fridge until morning.
In the morning, turn the oven broiler on high. Broil for about 10 minutes or until the cheese and hash browns become brown and crispy and the casserole is heated through.
Now you have tackled the dilemma of Christmas breakfast. Easily. While you were sleeping. Literally. YOU ARE AWESOME!