Wednesday, 12 December 2012

How to Stay Sane on Christmas Morning.


Sometimes we need a recipe that provides awesome results but is definitely a prepare ahead so we can stay sane on a hectic morning like Christmas Day.




My friend Jane’s Breakfast Casserole is precisely one of those recipes.

This recipe is based on the Christmas Morning Wife Saver from the Best of Bridge cookbook. A wife-saver because it is prepared the night before and baked the next morning.  My family serves it year round whenever they have overnight guests or are entertaining with a brunch

Like all good recipes over the years it has had ingredients substituted and added.  The great thing is that most of the ingredients can be modified.  I’ve tried to give you it’s simplest form – free to use whatever cheese, vegetable, bread you have on hand, change the seasonings to taste and to suit and serve it with confidence- It is everybody’s favourite breakfast. 

Jane’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole.

6-8 servings
Bake 1 hour at 375F

Ingredients

16 slices bread, crusts removed
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot pepper sauce (optional)
½ cup chopped green onions
2 cups grated cheese
8 slices of ham, rolled and sliced finely
1 cup sliced mushrooms, or diced green and red peppers.

Method

Butter a 30x20 cm casserole or lasagna pan well
Cover the bottom of the pan with half the bread, tearing the bread to fit.
Beat eggs, milk, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce together until well mixed.


Soak bottom layer of bread with at least 1/3 of the egg mixture.
Sprinkle onions, half the cheese, mushrooms, peppers and ham evenly over the bread.


Cover with the final slices of bread.
Pour remaining egg mixture over the bread covering all.
Top with the remaining cheese.


Cover and wrap

Refrigerate overnight.
Bake in a hot oven until puffed and golden.
Enjoy this  breakfast casserole with family and friends on those mornings when you want to make a great impression.

Margaret Ann RD
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