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Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

My first serving.

My first serving.

I found this recipe when looking for something to cook for Christmas morning. I usually prepare something that can be assembled the night before and baked in the morning leaving me free to watch the kids open their presents. I started with this recipe from BlogChef.net and made a few adjustments to suit my family’s tastes.

Ingredients:

1 lb thick cut bacon

1 lb ground breakfast sausage

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

12 eggs

1 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350, unless you are preparing in advance.

Cut bacon into 1″ strips and brown until crispy. Drain bacon on plate covered with paper towels. Put bacon into 9×13 baking dish.

Brown sausage in a bit of  the bacon grease, taking care to break up the sausage into small pieces. Drain sausage on plate covered with paper towels. You can use the same plate from the bacon, but may want to add some fresh paper towels. Add sausage to 9×13 baking dish, and stir around with the bacon, mixing the two evenly.

Combine eggs and milk in large bowl and add a bit of salt and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish over the bacon and sausage. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese.

At this stage you can cover and refrigerate if desired.

Place tater tots in a single layer in the baking dish and cover with foil.

Bake for 60 minutes, then remove foil and sprinkle with remainder of cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

The finished casserole. I didn't drain my sausage well enough when I made this one.

The finished casserole. I didn’t drain my sausage well enough when I made this one.

If you’d like you could chop and brown some onions and peppers and add to the egg mixture. Or replace the sausage with cubed ham. You could replace the bacon as well if you wish, but who would want to replace bacon with anything other than more bacon?? For those who like it a little spicier, a can of chopped jalepenos could be added to the eggs instead.

Any other things you’d add to the recipe? Leave ideas in the comments!

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