Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ultimate Breakfast Casserole

Sometimes I just can't decide what to have for breakfast.  Do I want bacon or sausage?  Do I want biscuits and gravy? Scrambled or fried? Maybe some potatoes?  Well, today I couldn't decide, so I just did it all.  I see breakfast casseroles all the time, but I had never tried one until today. And, let me tell you, this one was so good.  So, like Jack in the Box who has a sandwich with everything, I decided to name this casserole "Ultimate" because it has everything, potatoes, bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese, biscuits and even gravy to go on top.  Indulgent, yes, but oh so tasty.

You deserve a hearty treat, especially if it's cold outside.

2 potatoes, diced
Peanut oil, for frying
1/2 tube breakfast sausage, like Jimmy Dean's
5 slices bacon, diced
7 eggs
1/4 C milk
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 recipe of Buttermilk Biscuits (will follow)
Salt and pepper to taste
Melted butter

The reserved bacon grease from cooking the bacon
1/4 C flour
2 C milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Partially fry the potatoes in the peanut oil until slightly browned.  Drain on a paper towel.

Cook the bacon and drain it on a paper towel, reserving the grease in the pan.  In another skillet, cook the sausage, crumbling as you go, until the sausage is done.  Mix the eggs and milk together and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.   Grease a 9 x 13 pan.  Lay the potatoes in the pan.  Sprinkle the sausage over the potatoes, followed by the bacon.  Pour the egg and milk mixture over the pan.  Sprinkle the cheese over the top.  Lay biscuits on top of the casserole.  Bake about 25 minutes. Brush melted butter on the biscuits and bake an additional 5 minutes.

For the gravy, preheat the reserved bacon grease to medium high heat. Whisk in the flour.  Whisk in the milk and season with salt and pepper. Cook and whisk until thickened and bubbly.

4 C flour
2 T baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 C real butter, softened
2 C buttermilk
More flour for dusting
2 T melted butter

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda and butter in a mixer. Combine until the butter is pea sized.  Pour in the buttermilk and mix. Turn this mixture out onto a well-floured board.  Fold it over onto itself a few times, mixing in enough flour to be able to cut out biscuits.  Roll the dough out to a half inch thickness.  Using a glass, cut out circles.  You can keep working the dough in the flour and cutting more biscuits out until you run out of dough.

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