I’ve had this recipe for a loooong time—someone I used to work with gave it to me. It started out as a very bready breakfast casserole, but I made some small changes to it over time and I like it even more now. This recipe has more bread in it than the typical breakfast casserole, which is a plus because it nicely absorbs the egg mixture and doesn’t turn out runny or soggy. Another plus is that this recipe is so convenient to make because you can put the ingredients together the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning! Continue reading
Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? When I think of a good breakfast, I think of pancakes and waffles and maybe some eggs, bacon, or sausage on the side. If you’re like me, you probably don’t have much time on weekday mornings to make and enjoy a hearty breakfast like this. That’s why breakfast for dinner is such a great idea during the week! Even if you’re pressed for time at the dinner hour, you can save time making a yummy “Breakfast Night” meal for your family with some ready-made ingredients and great-tasting pancake and waffle mixes like the ones from Krusteaz®. I tried some complimentary samples of their Belgian Supreme Waffle Mix (works for Belgian or traditional waffles), Buttermilk Pancake Mix, and Protein Buttermilk Pancake Mix (with 13g of protein per serving)–these mixes make wonderful light and fluffy pancakes and thick, crispy waffles that really taste like homemade! I also used these mixes in a few recipes that can be made for breakfast, but are also perfect for a “Breakfast Night” meal.
The two recipes I’m sharing here are both yummy and easy to make. The Bacon-Sausage Pancake Casserole is a hearty, filling, comfort-food kind of dish and the Waffle Fruit Kabobs add a little variety to the meal with some fresh fruit paired with small waffle squares. You can add additional fresh fruit or a salad to complete the meal. I’m also including some time-saving tips at the end of each recipe.
Let’s start off with the Bacon-Sausage Pancake Casserole, which is a delicious combination of family-favorite breakfast foods: bacon, sausage, eggs, cheddar cheese, and some chopped green onion, all mixed in a yummy pancake batter!
BACON-SAUSAGE PANCAKE CASSEROLE by NancyC
Makes a 9×13″ pan
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
- 2 cups pancake mix (I used Krusteaz® Buttermilk Pancake Mix)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup Half & Half (light cream)
- 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Optional: dash of salt and pepper
- 3 cups (12-ounces) shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 (8-ounce) package pre-cooked breakfast sausage patties, crumbled
- 1 (3-ounce) package real crumbled bacon pieces (or substitute 12 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 9×13″ pan with butter or cooking spray. Drizzle 1/4 cup (or half) of the melted butter in the bottom of the greased pan, tilting the pan to coat the bottom evenly; set aside.
In a large bowl, blend the pancake mix, the remaining melted butter (1/4 cup), milk, Half & Half, and the eggs, mixing everything well (you can add a dash of salt and pepper too if desired–I didn’t add any myself but some people like a little extra seasoning). Pour half of this mixture (about 2 cups) over the melted butter in the baking pan.
Layer 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese over the batter, then the crumbled sausage, then the crumbled bacon, and then the chopped green onion. Cover these layers with another 1 cup of cheese, then pour the remaining batter over all the layers. Save the remaining 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle over the casserole during the last 15 minutes of baking.
Bake at 350˚F for 42 to 45 minutes or until casserole is set (sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the casserole after 30 to 35 minutes of baking). When finished baking, remove from oven and let casserole stand 5 to 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.
TIME–SAVING TIPS: 1) Crumble the pre-cooked sausage patties the night before and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. 2) Use a 3-ounce package of crumbled bacon pieces instead of cooking and crumbling the bacon yourself. 3) Chop the green onions the night before and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
When you use the time-saving tips, you can put this casserole together in no time!
While the casserole is baking, you can make the Waffle Fruit Kabobs…
WAFFLE FRUIT KABOBS by NancyC
- Assorted fresh fruit, halved, sliced, or cut into chunks. Use strawberries, bananas, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, mangos, grapes, or just about any fruit your family likes! Quantities of fruit depend on how many kabobs you want to make.
- Belgian waffles (I used Krusteaz® Beligan Waffle Mix), cut into 1 1/2″ squares–-you can cut the squares a little smaller or larger if you like–one 7″ round waffle should give you about 7 small waffle squares and you’ll need at least 2 to 3 waffle squares for each kabob)
- wooden skewers
- Optional: serve kabobs with vanilla Greek yogurt as a dip if desired (or mix 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey with 1 cup plain Greek yogurt). You can also drizzle these kabobs with a little warm honey or maple syrup.
Cut or slice the fruit and place on a large platter or cutting board. Place your waffle squares on another large platter–setting the ingredients up like this makes it really quick and easy to put these kabobs together! Have your wooden skewers in a handy-to-reach place on your counter.
Add fruit and waffle pieces to the skewers, arranging them whatever way you like. I like having several pieces of fruit together and then adding a waffle square. I include 2 to 3 waffle squares per kabob. You can add more waffle squares and less fruit if you like. Serve these kabobs by themselves or with some vanilla Greek yogurt as a dip. You can also drizzle these with a little warm honey or maple syrup!
TIME-SAVING TIPS: 1) Make the waffles ahead of time (you can also cut them into small squares ahead of time) and freeze until ready to use. 2) Cut or slice the fruit you’ll be using the night before and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator 3) If serving the kabobs with the Greek yogurt as a dip, you can spoon the yogurt into a small dish ahead of time, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you make the waffles ahead of time and prepare the fruit the night before, you can put these Waffle Fruit Kabobs together in minutes!
Do you and your family enjoy having “Breakfast Nights?” Or if you haven’t had one, are you looking forward to doing a “Breakfast Night” now? What kind of breakfast dishes do you like to serve your family?
You can find more “Breakfast Night” ideas, tips, and recipes over at Krusteaz.com.
I partnered with Krusteaz® on this post and all content and opinions expressed are my own.
The first time I had sausage balls was about 20 years ago. I thought they were amazingly good and I’ve been hooked on them ever since! They’re perfect for group breakfasts-or-brunches or potlucks–easy to make, and easy to take. And everyone loves them!
The very first time I made these, I didn’t realize you weren’t supposed to cook the sausage before hand, and mine turned out very dry. So be sure not to cook the sausage! Mix it up raw with the baking mix and the cheese. You’ll have to use your hands, since it’s such a thick mixture (those plastic disposable sanitary kitchen gloves come in handy for this). After the ingredients are mixed together, you just roll into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and pop in the oven. And everyone will love you for making these. 🙂
Makes about 3 dozen
- 2 cups baking mix (like Bisquick)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder, optional
- 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 pound uncooked pork sausage at room temperature
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease (or line with parchment paper) a 15 x 10″ or 13 x 18″ baking sheet; set aside.
Mix baking mix and sausage together in a bowl; blend well, then add in the cheddar cheese (the mixture will be very thick; you’ll need to mix everything well with your hands). Roll mixture into 1″ to 1 1/8″ balls; arrange balls on prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 350˚F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and sausage is fully cooked. Drain on paper towels, then serve warm.
Some of my friends bake these at 375˚F for 18 minutes with good results, if you like having a shorter baking time. And you can freeze any leftover sausage balls and reheat at 350˚F for 10 minutes. But don’t count on having any leftovers!
Have you ever made sausage balls? It’s definitely a favorite recipe of mine!
One day at work, Matt was telling me about a great dinner his wife Kris had made. He described all the good, healthy things that were in this dish…red potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, turkey sausage…it really sounded good! He and Kris gave me the recipe, and it took me awhile to get around to making it, but I loved it! In this Sausage Potato Bake, all the ingredients are coated in a seasoned chicken broth-olive oil mixture and baked until everything is tender. It’s soooo good, and it’s great for lunch or dinner. It’s a perfect way to use some of your garden veggies, too, this summer!
KRIS’ SAUSAGE POTATO BAKE
Makes about 6 servings
- 1 (14-ounce) package Turkey Smoked Sausage
- 4 cups red new potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 cups peeled small sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 red bell pepper (or yellow or orange bell pepper), cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 large sweet yellow onion, cut into thin slices or 1-inch chunks
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil (I used 2 Tablespoons)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch slices.
In a very large bowl, combine sausage, potatoes, bell peppers, onion, and garlic.
Bake at 400˚F for 35 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Let cool a few minutes (your baking dish or pan will be very hot), then serve.
I love all the different veggies in this, and the smoked Turkey Sausage is really good, too! This is the kind of dish you can enjoy year-round, and it’s so easy to make! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kris!
What kinds of meals have you been making with your garden vegetables?
I actually had the chance to eat this breakfast casserole twice–the first time was when Juanita made it for our once-a-month snack day at work (I had taken a photo of it which ended up being way out of focus), and the second time was when Juanita’s daughter Ashley made this for breakfast for our department–what a nice surprise, and so thoughtful of Ashley! Of course, I wanted to try to get another photo of this breakfast item, because I knew how good it was and had been wanting to post it on my blog. Not having my camera handy, my co-worker Justin took this picture with his i-phone…so thanks to Justin and Ashley, you now have a photo and recipe of this yummy breakfast dish!
This is a very easy recipe…and you might be surprised to learn that it’s actually the recipe for Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie, but with ground sausage substituted for the ground beef! Juanita had thought of doing that when she was in a pinch to make something quick and easy for breakfast. Just that one little change in the recipe turns a classic lunch and dinner dish into a great item for breakfast and brunch! Juanita and Ashley made a few other small changes, which I am noting in the recipe. The original recipe is made in a pie plate and serves 6; you can double the recipe like Juanita and Ashley did and make it in a 9×13″ pan if you’re making this for a larger group.
JUANITA’S BREAKFAST BAKE (based on the Bisquick® Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie)
- 1 lb. ground sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup; if you’re not an onion-lover, you can just use 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese (you can substitute Colby Jack or another cheese if you prefer; Pepper Jack might be nice if you like things spicer)
- 1/2 cup Bisquick® baking mix
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9″ glass pie plate with cooking spray. In a 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is brown; drain fat. Then stir in salt. Spread in pie plate and sprinkle with cheese.
In a small bowl, stir Bisquick® with milk and eggs using a fork or wire whisk; blend well. Pour this mixture into pie plate over the cheese and sausage. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 6.
Remember, you can double this recipe and make it in a 9×13″ pan if you want 12 servings. The baking time may be slightly longer, so remember to do the knife-inserted-in-center test!