Friday, December 14, 2012

Meat Lover's Breakfast Casserole

Every Wednesday night I take a few hours off to do something by myself. All you moms know that if you don't, you're "on call" 24/7. I'm the type that thrives on my alone time, so when I don't get it, I turn into a major beast. When somebody always needs me, it's exhausting! Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that I get to stay home.

Anyways, since Nick get's home pretty late, I don't have too long to escape, but long enough. I usually head straight to Jo-Ann's, which is strange because I wouldn't describe myself as the crafty type. There's always something there I can't pass up! Especially now that I'm trying to do more homemade gifts this Christmas. Since Nick isn't exactly setting the knitting needles a flaming, it falls on me. Although that would be fun to see...

We're back at it again. Meat. I adore you. Having meat with breakfast, lunch, and dinner makes me happy. Now if we could just figure out how to sneak it into chocolate...I'm kidding!

Most breakfast casseroles like this have bread, but I decided to nix that since if I'm going to eat 'bread' I'd rather it come from a cookie or something similar.

I'm not kidding when I call this a Meat Lover's, so if you're having this with a few other things along side, you can half the amount of beef. Or just eat less. Duh.

Wow, I'm starting to get a little snarky, which means I better wrap this up and get something to eat!

Meat Lover's Breakfast Casserole (AKA Christmas Morning Fuel)
Inspired by this recipe
Serves 6

1 yellow or white onion, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef or ground sausage
1 teaspoon Sausage Seasoning (recipe below - omit if using ground sausage)
5 slices bacon, chopped into small pieces
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, preferably fresh
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 1 1/2- or 2-quart casserole dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Remove onions to a bowl.

In the same pan, add another tablespoon olive oil with beef, Sausage Seasoning, and bacon. Cook until beef is browned and bacon is crispy. Drain.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard, nutmeg, chives, salt, and pepper.

Add your ingredients to the greased casserole dish in the following order: meat, half of your cheese, onions, egg mixture, and remaining cheese.

Bake, uncovered for 40-50 minutes. It's done when the top has browned and there is only a small amount of jiggling (if any) when you shake the dish.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve warm.

Sausage Seasoning
From Practical Paleo (not an affiliate link)
Makes 4 1/2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon sage
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine in a spice or coffee grinder, or small blender. Store in a small covered container.

And yes, my lovely farm eggs really are this yellow!


I'm linking up this recipe at One She Two SheOne Project CloserDesign Dining and Diapers.


  1. Was there eyeball rolling as you were posting this? Somehow thats what I pictured!tmj

  2. What a beautiful casserole and combination! A great way of starting the day.



  3. Yum Loretta! I have never added any seasonings besides salt to my egg casseroles, but I love the thought of dry mustard!

    Thanks so much for linking up at last week's Humble Brag. This week, The Better Half, along with a bunch of other awesome bloggers are hosting a link party to support the Sandy Hook area - $1 will be donated for every project linked up. Its up and running now. Hope to see you there!

    Last week's features will be posted Friday morning along with the ad space winner.

    1. Of course I've linked up Jocie! It's such a nice thing you all are doing.

      PS, got my Silhouette today...!

      Have a merry Christmas!


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