country breakfast casserole

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By Susan Bartley
from Beaverton, OR

I came up with this recipe for a brunch a few years back. I took all the things my family loved most and combined them. You can add lots of different garnishes to this or just enjoy it as it is! It's a favorite on Christmas morning at my house.

serves 6
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For country breakfast casserole

  • HASH BROWN LAYER
  • 4-5 md
    potatoes, (i use red potatoes)
  • 1 c
    chedder cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 c
    bell pepper (i go for any color other than green!)
  • FILLING
  • 16 oz
    breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 lb
    bacon
  • 12 lg
    eggs
  • 1/4 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • GRAVY
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp
    meat drippings
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1 1/2 c
    half and half or whole milk
  • TOPPING
  • 1 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
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How To Make country breakfast casserole

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 3 quart baking dish.
  • 2
    Shred potatoes, I use red potatoes and leave the skins on, but it is a personal choice. In medium sauce pan bring potatoes to a boil and boil for 5-7 minutes. They should be just lightly cooked, not done. Drain and cool down by running cold water over them.
  • 3
    In bowl combine pre-cooked potatoes and next 4 ingredients. Put hash brown mixture into the bottom of your baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  • 4
    While hash browns are baking saute sausage and set aside and save drippings. Fry bacon and crumble and set aside.
  • 5
    Beat eggs and cream together and mix salt and crumbled bacon into the egg mixture.
  • 6
    Remove hash browns from the oven after they bake for 20 minutes and sprinkle 3/4 of the sausage over the hash browns. Than pour egg mixture on top of hash browns and sausage. Return to the oven for 25-35 minutes. Just till eggs appear done, do not over cook.
  • 7
    While eggs are baking make the gravy. In frying pan melt butter over medium heat. Add sausage drippings and flour, stir to make a rue, you want your rue to be light in color. It should cook about 4 minutes, than add milk and remaining sausage, cook till it is thickened and add salt. If it seems too thick you can thin with a little more milk if needed.
  • 8
    When eggs are baked pour gravy over the top and top with the remaining cheese. Put back in the oven just long enough to lightly brown the cheese.
  • 9
    I serve mine with assorted toppings like sour cream, salsa, jalapenos, or what ever you like to serve with an egg dish. Personally I don't add anything to mine. Also I tend to go easy on the salt, but you can always add more if you want.
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