Sunday, September 15, 2019

Hearty Potato, Sausage, Eggs and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner?

Hearty Potato, Sausage, Eggs and Cheese Skillet Casserole

I have never met a person who does not like breakfast for dinner.  I made this dish for dinner, but you can make it any time.  It is an "any time" dish.  Great for pot-lucks! My recipe feeds four good eaters or six average eaters.  Let's get to it, shall we?

This is a very straight-forward recipe.  Not really any anecdotal story to go with this one.  My grandma P would make casseroles like this made of "scraps" of meat, potatoes and vegetables, and used block cheddar so she'd cut that into cubes and place it on her creation in her cast iron skillet. 

one bag of cubed potatoes, Potatoes O'Brien or hash browns
1/4 onion, coarsely chopped
fresh thyme and oregano sprigs
one large link smoked sausage, sliced
two links andouille sausage, sliced
8 eggs
2 cups cheese, your favorite
3 tablespoons evoo + 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 375-degrees.

Simply slice the sausage, saute in a high-sided skillet with the evoo over medium-high heat.  Get some color on the slices and remove after eight minutes. 

Strain the renderings of the sausages and add the four tablespoons to a large cast iron or oven-safe skillet. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to mix the two fats.  Crank the heat up to high and add the potatoes.  Allow the potatoes to just sit there for three or so minutes before turning them or stirring. You want a nice caramel color on the potatoes.  Follow the directions on the package of of potatoes you use. 

When half way done, add the sausages to the large skillet. Stir to incorporate.  Smooth out the potatoes and sausages.  Crack the eggs and add one egg (whites and yolks) to several places on top of the mix.  If you have small eggs, you may want to use ten eggs. 

Add the skillet to the oven.  Remember, if you are using a skillet, use either cast iron or an oven safe skillet.  

Bake for twenty minutes.  Add the two cups of cheese after twenty minutes and bake twenty more, covered or not.  Remove and allow to rest so that the cheese oozes into those empty flavor pockets.  Afterward, add the fresh thyme and oregano for color and flavor.  

This dish does not plate well.  It is not a pretty plated casserole.  Sorry.  

I like to add hot sauce to my bowl, the best way to plate this monster.  What's your favorite hot sauce?  I love both Tapatio and Cholula (not and advertisement).  

Well, that's that.  Told ya it was not a brain killer. 

I love that you have taken the time to visit my humble little site, and I am totally grateful.  

Now, Go Cook For Someone You Love!

In-House Cook

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