Friday, January 3, 2014

Make Ahead Macho Managing Brunch Casserole

Yes its football time! 

Master might want to invite guests over to watch the game. Or maybe just have friends over for a warm brunch. Here is you go to make-ahead for this occasion.

2 cups shredded potatoes (for hash browns)
1 pound fresh bulk pork sausage (favorite flavor)
10 ounces grated sharp Cheddar. Low fat
1 green pepper diced finely
2 stalks celery diced finely
¼ cup minced onion
2 cups non fat half-and-half
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
black pepper to taste

Spray a 9 by 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.

The potatoes can be store bought “ready to fry” hash browns or just 2 Lg. sized red or white potatoes that you have peeled and grated yourself.

If you chose to grate them yourself, be sure to drain them well between paper towels because they are loaded with liquid! And be careful with the grater, if you are lucky enough to have a machine that does this, use it!
Spread the potatoes to make a layer on bottom of pan.

In a medium skillet, brown the sausage over medium high heat until
fully cooked and no longer pink. Master likes the taste of onion so it puts just a bit into the pan with the sausage. This is the time to adjust to the “Hotness” that Your Master enjoys! You want to add any hot sauce or peppers to let them cook into the sausage.

This is important to precook the sausage. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a bowl lined with 2 -3 sheets of paper towels to drain the fat. That more fat you can drain off now, the less you will be drinking tomorrow! Remember press the paper towel against the food, just like when you try to get a liquid out of the carpet – press and it gets absorbed.

Now toss in the diced celery and green pepper. Spread this over potatoes and top with the cheese.
Then mix together: half-and-half, dry mustard, salt and eggs. Pour this mixture over the cheese.

Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the covered casserole until set and slightly golden,
about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the casserole to set for 15 minutes before serving. This step is also important so that the eggs are completely set. Besides the wonderful aroma will draw the guys into the kitchen from anywhere in the house!

Just set out with large spoon and let them serve themselves.
Fresh coffee, juice and a stack of toast makes this a great game day spread for your man and his guests!

Lighter version can be made by using:
Low fat sausage or low fat cubed ham with enough whole egg substitute to equal 6 eggs. This is rich enough to serve with dry toast without reservations.

Be warned, next time you may have to fix two of these!

It is a joy in this ones life to be serving my Master Indy


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!


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