Nicole told me yesterday that she had made “Cowboy Breakfast Casserole” and it sounded so good. This morning we were on “holiday schedule” and ended up having breakfast around 11. I didn’t know which recipe Nicole had used so I searched for one that looked good and ended up improvising a bit and it was delicious.
Most of the recipes I saw included pork sausage, which I didn’t have so I used ham. You could use either sausage or ham or a combination of them.
In my mind, this is a casserole that could be served any time of day. I was lucky to have a bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, the pork loin that I had cured and smoked, onions, peppers and green onions and we always have eggs, milk and cheese and that was about all I needed.
At first, I was going to only make half the recipe but then decided to make the full batch and put some in muffin cups.
A bit of browned potatoes went into the bottom of the greased muffin tin. Cooked peppers and onions were added on top.
Then a layer of chopped ham was added. Most of the recipes called for sausage but I didn’t have sausage.
The egg/milk/cheese mixture was poured into the muffin cups. A bit more cheese was added on top.
They were baked!
The other portion of the ingredients were layered the same way but placed in a greased casserole dish.
We ate from the casserole dish and the muffins will go into the freezer. They’re so easy to heat up in the microwave and have when we need a quick meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner!
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1-1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 2 to 2-1/2 cups chopped ham
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 1 large onion sliced
- 1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced (optional)
- 1 bag (36 oz.) frozen hash brown potatoes
- 1 stick butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 370°.
- In a large skillet, melt all but 1 T. of the butter. Brown the hash brown potatoes.
- In a separate skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of butter and cook the onion and pepper til tender. Add the jalapeno pepper to this if using it.
- Lightly beat eggs, add in milk, salt, pepper and about 3/4 cup of cheese. Be careful with the salt - depending on how salty your ham might already be.
- Stir green onions into the milk mixture.
- Lightly oil a 9 x 13 dish (or a smaller dish and 12 muffin cups).
- Place the potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Add the onion mixture, then the ham.
- Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the dish.
- Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake til the eggs are done. In a 9 x 13 dish, it should take about 35 minutes.