Christmas is a wonderful time for gathering family and friends for a brunch or for breakfast after the paper and ribbon are scattered. Here are some of my favorite ideas for "make ahead" foods and those that can also be made in a jiffy so you don't miss out on the fun. Merry Christmas!
Nancy's Notes: Most quiche, breakfast casseroles and breakfast pies can be made ahead of time.
For quiches, bake about 30 minutes and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator overnight and place in a cold oven. Set temperature at 350°F. Bake for an additional 15 minutes once temperature reaches 350°F.
For breakfast pies, poke holes with a fork in the unbaked crust. Line inside of pie crust with aluminum foil and bake for first 8 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking additional 5 minutes or until crust is set. Fill with desired filling and bake as instructed taking out of the oven about 5 minutes before done. Refrigerate cooled breakfast pie and reheat in 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes to serve warm.
Casseroles can be baked completely, cooled, refrigerated, and reheated. You can also prepare your ingredients and place in refrigerator the night before for quick mixing.
½ lb. bulk pork sausage
2 c. all purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
¼ t. salt
2 T. sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ c. margarine, melted
1 c. milk
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
Grease muffin tins. Cook sausage over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble; drain well to remove excess grease. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
Combine egg, milk, and melted margarine. Stir well. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients. Stir to mix well. Stir in cheese and sausage. Fill greased muffin tins ¾ full.
Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes until light brown. Makes 24.
1 ¼ c. egg substitute
½ c. skim milk
3 c. country-style frozen hash brown potatoes (thawed)
1/3 c. onions, chopped or grated
¼ tsp. hot sauce or pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ c. fat free sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices turkey or regular bacon, cooked and crumbled or 1/3 c. bacon bits
Beat together eggs and milk in medium bowl. Stir in potatoes and onions. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Stir in one cup cheese and half the crumbled bacon.
Pour into a greased 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until center is set. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon on top of pie. Continue baking 3-4 minutes until cheese melts.