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Friday, October 22, 2010

Jalapeno Cheddar Breakfast Bake


Last Sunday I planned to make a breakfast casserole to take from the oven as we walked in the door from Mass. I love using my delay bake feature on my oven to have brunch ready when we arrive home. We attend a noon Mass and we're usually pretty hungry afterward. When we walked in the door, I had berries sugared and hanging out in the fridge, and breakfast was piping hot and smelling fabulous.

As I assembled the casserole in the morning, I went digging through the freezer for some bagels I had left over and I designed this casserole around the fact that they were Jalapeno Cheddar Bagels. It turned out truly yummy and I will hang on to this one -- it's a keeper.

Jalapeno Cheddar Breakfast Bake
serves 6

1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and freshly ground pepper
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 jalapeno cheddar bagels, cut into bite-size pieces *

In a medium skillet, brown sausage. Add jalapeno peppers to pan a few minutes before sausage is completely browned. Drain and set aside (I squeeze the sausage with dry paper towels to get almost all the extra grease out).

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper (about 1/2 t. salt and 1/4 t. pepper -- more or less to taste).

In a greased 13 x 9 casserole, place bagel pieces, sausage and cheese. (You can layer it if you want or just toss it together). Pour milk and egg mixture over the top. Let set for 10 minutes if you are going to bake immediately. Otherwise, chill until ready to bake (you can assemble the night before if desired).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place casserole on middle shelf. Bake for 45 minutes or until egg is completely cooked and bagel pieces are golden brown.

* I buy these bagels at Panera. If you can't get them, or would rather not, you can use plain bagels, or your favorite savory flavor.

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Abby said...

I think I just found next Sunday's lunch! (Tomorrow it's out to eat for my niece's Christening!)

dining tables said...

This is a must try! I would really love to make one. Absolutely delicious-looking.

Shaun said...

I made this on Sunday morning - subbed out the jalepenos for diced green chilis (it was what I had) - it was soooo good. I split it into two smaller pans, one for us and one for a work breakfast pot luck tomorrow. I know everyone will love it! We love Panera, so keep those panera inspired recipes coming (French onion soup????) have a great week!