By Mike Thayer
I love casseroles, all types, dinner casseroles, breakfast casseroles, leftover casserole for lunch.... It's all good and the flavor possibilities and combinations are endless!
Casseroles can mean different things to different people, so just what IS a casserole anyway, how is it defined? For me, being a bachelor and pretty handy in the kitchen (patting self on back....), it means a simple to prepare one-dish meal, something that's got meat, a starch, a veggie and a gravy, or a sauce and/or cheese to go with it. It's a convenient mix of ingredients that go well together and is baked to perfection in the oven - THAT is a casserole. And yes, the dish it's baked in was named after it. Simplicity and convenience are keys to a good casserole, it can't be a complicated recipe that's labor intensive. If that recipe takes more than 10-15 minutes to prepare before you're throwing that dish in the oven, then it's NOT a casserole in my book.
Bacon, sausage and ham, Oh my!
Mulligan Breakfast Casserole
That's right, casserole for breakfast! It's a nice change of pace from the typical sandwich, muffin, shake or bowl of cereal and this casserole is the epitome definition for casserole, since just about any kind of meat, cheese and potato you have on hand is thrown in, hence, the Mulligan reference.
- Any kind of leftover breakfast meat you have, bacon, ham, sausage, one kind is good, three kinds is even better, about 1 pound, chopped/crumbled. Save some crumbled bacon to top with.
- 3 eggs
- Splash of milk
- 2 teaspoons of seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 green or red pepper, diced (optional)
- Tablespoon olive oil
- 1-1/2 cups potato, it could be tater tots, tater rounds, shredded potato, enough to cover the top of the casserole
- 1-1/2 cups of shredded cheese, it could be cheddar, mozzarella, Mexican mix
- One green onion, chopped
- Black pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, lightly spray/coat a casserole dish with olive oil. Heat up a frying pan and the olive oil over medium heat, add the onion, optional green pepper and cook until the onion is translucent, about 1 - 2 minutes. Add the leftover breakfast meat and garlic powder. Transfer to the casserole dish. Add the splash of milk and seasoning salt to the eggs and beat to combine, then pour over the meat/onion mixture. Top the dish with the shredded cheese and potato. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until those potatoes are golden, brown and delicious. Top the baked casserole with a little more shredded cheese, the chopped green onion, some bacon crumbles and black pepper to taste, immediately after pulling it from the oven. Enjoy!
Serving Suggestion: Try a few shakes of Louisiana Hot Sauce or Tabasco on that serving of breakfast goodness!
This casserole is pretty easy to prepare and it's easy on the wallet, with most ingredients making use of leftovers and items you already have on hand. And here's another Bachelor on the Cheap benefit to casseroles, not only do they lend themselves to very tasty leftovers, but they freeze well! After you've enjoyed the casserole for breakfast, portion it out, perhaps have some for breakfast again tomorrow and stash the remainder in the freezer for a future meal or two.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....