Around Christmas time, I had experimented with a recipe I had eaten at Sammy’s Aunt & Uncle’s house. Debbie (the Hubby’s Aunt) made this delicious breakfast casserole. I Googled around and found a version I thought was similar – Easy Breakfast Bake Recipe. I made it a couple of times. It was pretty darn good!
Flash forward about 7 months…
I am a very lucky man. I am so lucky that I even have an amazing dude to share this thing I call my life. As with all marriages, your hubby usually has a sibling who has kids. Sammy’s brother and kids visit us pretty frequently now that we McBoxHage Manor. This usually means me getting up and cooking a big breakfast in the morning.
I love to cook! I don’t love mornings. Kids love mornings. Kids get cranky when they don’t eat! I learned this a couple months ago when I got up at 11AM. Adults and kids were both giving me the evil eye as I entered the kitchen. I quickly got cracking turning out food. I learned my lesson that day. I needed to have an easy go to recipe that I could prepare ahead of time so I could sleep! I know, I know – I AM LAZY!! I decided I would do a make ahead breakfast casserole the next time they visited.
The opportunity finally came and I needed to pick up groceries for an impromptu family visit. I got home and began making the recipe and realized I had forgotten the hash browns the recipe called for. DAMN! UGH! I just didn’t have it in me to go back out. Wait! I remembered I had gotten the tater tots! I pulled them out and looked at the bag and thought – I am a GENIUS!! I substituted the hash browns for tater tots. I knew my make ahead breakfast casserole was gonna be the bomb.com. (I just said bomb.com, gawd, I am getting old!)
I moved a few ingredients around. Changed the baking time and temp. When I pulled the dish from the oven I knew some magic had happened. It was like bread, cheese, egg, tots and sausage tied the knot in the oven. YUM and YUM!!! The texture and flavor were sooo much better! That day I was a breakfast hero!
These days I can sleep in knowing I can just throw this masterpiece in the oven without being lynched!
Warning: It’s ALOT of food!