A Holiday Breakfast Casserole, or as we like to call it “Katie’s Casserole!”
Hallauer House B & B breakfast casserole is one that is fit for a king! Our guests, and especially Katie, love it! It is a dish that covers almost all of the food groups. It will easily serve 10 to 12 people. And it follows our motto to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper!
A Holiday Menu for a Crowd
First Course – Fresh Fruit. When we plan our holiday menu for a large group we begin with a fresh fruit cup. In December here in Ohio the fresh fruit selection can be limited. But one fruit that is pretty widely available this time of year is honeydew melon. And for a crowd it is quick and easy to prepare. After cutting up the fruit sprinkle on a little sugar, not too much but just enough to get the melon to bring out its juices. Then I deck it our with some dried mint, or fresh in summer, and fresh raspberries, if available. If the berries are expensive then some dried cherries or cranberries add that Christmas red color. Set the fruit aside and let it come to room temperature.
Second Course – Sweet Bread. I hope you all agree that there is nothing like caramel sticky buns for breakfast! Can you not already smell the aroma as they bake?! And our recipe is so quick and easy to make and will serve all 12 of your guests. If you would like that recipe just reply to this post and I will be happy to share that in next week’s post so that you will have it for your Christmas breakfast.
And now! Presenting the All-in-one, Crowd Pleasing, Breakfast Casserole
As I said this recipe covers almost all of the food groups: meat, dairy, vegetables, some fat, no sugar, and no grain. But the breakfast menu above contains the fruit group and the grain group. And oops! there is that sugar!
1 pound of bacon, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped
6 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed and drained
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
(This can be cooked right away or covered and refrigerated overnight)
1. Preheat oven when ready to bake to 350 degrees F.
2. Cook chopped bacon in skillet over medium heat and about half way before it is done add onion and continue cooking until bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain grease, reserving the drippings.
3. Use the reserved bacon grease to grease bottom of 9X13 inch pan.
4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, hash brown potatoes, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese, peppers, chilies. and cooled bacon and onion mix.
5. Pour into prepared baking dish.
(At this point you can bake the casserole or cover and place in refrigerator overnight.)
6. Bake in preheated oven until the eggs are set and casserole is nicely browned, about 45 to 50 minutes.
7. Let set up to cool, about 15 minutes.
This will serve 8 – 12, depending on how you slice it and how big a serving you want.
When we plate this dish we will serve it on a bed of spinach, which you can put on fresh or wilt it just a bit. And since this dish includes the meat, we will serve it with either roasted tomatoes or roasted asparagus as the side. And another thing, I have baked this recipe in individual spring form pans and when served have placed the roasted tomato on top as a garnish with the chopped fresh spinach dropped around the plate.
So if you are entertaining a crowd for brunch or breakfast, this is the menu and dish that we suggest you try. For other Hallauer House recipes be sure to go to our Recipe Page. And if you would like to have our special mouth watering Caramel Roll recipe just like this post with a reply and I will share with all.