Thursday, February 27, 2020

Overnight Breakfast Casserole aka No Waste Fridge Cleaning

One of the things I've been working hard on this year is limiting waste in the pantry and fridge. I have several recipes I use to clean out the fridge, but this one is a fav because I make it in advance and just leave it in the fridge until I'm are ready to throw it in the oven. The best! If you've got six eggs, milk and Bisquick... and a handy covered casserole like this classic piece, you are all set.

This casserole goes great with lazy Sunday mornings, busy Monday evenings, or a glass of Pino. It's the perfect addition to Sunday prep when you are getting everything situated for the week. 

First, let's talk fridge cleaning. Nothing questionable, OK? When it doubt, throw it out. But there's still probably enough leftovers in there to make a casserole happen. Here are a few combo ideas to get you going. You need two cups of mix-ins. 

Taco Night Leftovers: Ground beef, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa, beans - Spiced with cumin, oregano and chili powder. Cheddar Cheese

Meatless Monday Leftovers: cooked veggies, roasted or hash brown potatoes - Spiced with thyme, sage and crushed red pepper

Work Lunch Leftovers: Lunch Meats, onion, chunks of rye or any kind of bread, Spiced with dry yellow mustard, cracked black pepper and celery salt. Swiss or chopped American Cheese.

The list goes on and on. Find a left over (cooked) protein. Find a leftover (cooked) veggie. Add a cheese. 

When I make this, I serve it with apple sauce or some kind of fruit and toast. I've  made this for brunches and served it with asparagus I microwave steamed and fluffy white biscuits, that baked from frozen disks. Don't over think it. 

Here's the recipe.

1 cup Original Bisquick® mix  

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces) 

2 cups milk 

1 teaspoon ground mustard 

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 

6 eggs, slightly beaten 

1 pound bulk pork sausage, cooked and drained 

 1.  Mix all ingredients in the 2 quart dish you will bake it in. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours. 

2.  Heat oven to 350ºF. 

3.  Bake uncovered about 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. 

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