Breakfast Corn Casserole

Breakfast Corn Casserole | Pinky's Pantry
This is a great casserole to serve for breakfast on a weekend morning. I’m making it for Christmas breakfast this year actually. It’s easy to do and better still, you can make it a day in advance. I like to serve this casserole with a bowl of salsa on the side. Yum!

BREAKFAST CORN CASSEROLE

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 ozs. chopped fresh kale
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (can substitute dried)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans cream-style corn
  • 1 lb. ham, diced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 box cornbread mix (like Krusteaz or Marie Callenders)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 pyrex glass baking dish.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add onions, kale, thyme, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until kale is soft and onions are translucent.
  4. Add corn, ham, and sour cream, and cook until hot and bubbly.
  5. Pour corn mixture into prepared baking dish; set aside. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate overnight at this point.
  6. Next day, remove casserole from refrigerator at least half an hour before baking.
  7. Prepare the cornbread batter according to directions on the back of the package.
  8. Stir 1 cup cheese into cornbread batter.
  9. Pour cornbread batter over corn mixture in baking dish.
  10. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  11. Bake for 35 minutes or until corn is bubbling and corn bread topping is done.
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Breakfast Egg Puff

Breakfast Egg Puff | Pinky's PantryJessica, one of my co-workers, gave me this recipe some months ago. It’s perfect for breakfast or brunch with the family or to take to a potluck with friends. The eggs puff up into a light, golden, soufflé-like dish that goes really well with sausage, ham or bacon; and the cheese provides a rich flavor that to me makes the addition of salt unnecessary.

This recipe lends itself to some interesting flavor variations so if you don’t want to serve a plain egg dish, you could add any one of the following ingredients to the mixture or try a combination of them:
1 large can diced green chiles
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
2 stalks green onions, chopped
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
1/4 lb. bulk sausage, browned and drained well
any other ingredients you might want to try

As with any soufflé type of dish, the eggs puff up while baking but will start to fall shortly after removing from the oven so although it’s not entirely necessary, it’s nice if you can serve this dish as soon after taking it out of the oven as possible.

BREAKFAST EGG PUFF

  • 12 eggs
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 1 lb. shredded cheese (combination of ½ lb. monterey jack and ½ lb. cheddar)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13 rectangular pyrex baking dish.
  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in rest of ingredients.
  4. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich Casserole

Ham and Swiss Breakfast Casserole | Pinky's Pantry
One of the nurses at work gave me this recipe several years ago and it fast became a favorite in our family! It’s different from the usual breakfast casserole because you make little mini ham and cheese sandwiches and then turn them into a yummy casserole dish. I love Hawaiian rolls, too, which is what you use to make the little sandwiches. You’ve got to give this recipe a try! It’s super easy to do and is a great dish to take to potlucks and family gatherings. I know it’ll become a favorite with your family, too!
Ham and Swiss Breakfast Casserole | Pinky's Pantry
Ham and Swiss Breakfast Casserole | Pinky's Pantry

HAM AND CHEESE BREAKFAST SANDWICH CASSEROLE

  • 2 pkgs. Kings Hawaiian rolls (12 rolls to a pack)
  • 1 lb. shaved ham
  • 1 lb. swiss cheese (can substitute provolone, mozzarella, or other white cheese)
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. dried onions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch pyrex glass baking dish.
  2. Cut all the rolls in half and place the bottom halves into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Top the bottoms of the rolls with ham, then the cheese.
  4. Place the top halves of the rolls onto the sandwiches.
  5. Cover pyrex dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. While sandwiches are baking, make sauce by melting together the butter, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and dried onions in a bowl in the microwave.
  7. Take casserole from oven and remove foil.
  8. Pour sauce evenly all over the sandwiches.
  9. Return to oven and bake another 5-8 minutes.

Sausage-Potato Breakfast Casserole

Sausage Potato Breakfast Casserole | Pinky's Pantry
This is such a yummy breakfast casserole. Everyone who tries it loves it! The sausage cooked in the rich creamy sauce is reminiscent of good ole’ Southern biscuits and gravy. The first time I tried this casserole was while on vacation in Oregon with my brother-in-law, Manuel, his wife, JoAnn, and their two beautiful daughters.

Every other year, our family drives up from California, their family drives down from Washington, and we all meet in the middle in Oregon to spend a week together biking, swimming, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and generally communing with the great outdoors. We always have such a blast on our trips. The kids never want to go home.
Sausage Potato Breakfast Casserole | Pinky's Pantry
Of course meals are always a fun affair. About a month before we leave, my sister-in-law and I call each other up and plan the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day that we’re going to be on vacation. Once there, we generally help each other with all the cooking, but some meals my sister and brother-in-law make themselves, and some Old Goat and I make ourselves. This dish is one that they made. My SIL found the recipe on Epicurious. It was a huge hit that first breakfast we had it and it has quickly grown to become a family favorite. I make it all the time now, though I’ve adapted the ingredients to fit our large family, and changed the procedure to simplify things up a bit.

SAUSAGE-POTATO BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

  • 2 lbs. bulk breakfast sausage
  • 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 pkg. (2 lbs.) frozen diced hash brown potatoes
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Brown sausage in large skillet, breaking up into small pieces.
  3. Mix in flour, then milk, and cook until mixture thickens.
  4. Spread frozen potatoes on bottom of a 9×13″ rectangular pyrex glass baking dish.
  5. Top with sausage mixture, then green onions, and finally cheese.
  6. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional chopped green onions, if desired.
  8. Serve hot.

NOTE:  This recipe can easily be halved for a smaller crowd. Just bake in an 8×8-inch square baking dish.

[Adapted from epicurious.com]