I think I finally figured out why I love breakfast…
It’s the only real meal you can actually eat dessert and junk food and get away with calling it a meal. For instance, donuts and pastries, cinnamon rolls, sugar cereals, crepes with Nutella and whip cream, pancakes smothered in maple syrup, and so many other delicacies called “breakfast”! But I also love breakfast because of all of the other comfort foods you get to eat like breads, eggs, cheeses, potatoes, and oatmeal. I love breakfast for dinner, too. I could eat it any time. Any place. Don’t tell Mr. Chef, but I could seriously eat at Village Inn or even IHOP for an anniversary dinner. That’s how much I heart breakfast for dinner. Ya, I know, pop that bubble. Mr. Chef would draw the line.
Not too long ago Mr. Chef and I made a trek to Pennsylvania for a convention he attended in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was the first time I had been to Pennsylvania. Can I just tell you how much I fell in love with that city? It was the first time I had ever encountered the Amish and I was captivated. Captivated with their rich farmland, the clippity-clop, clippity-clop sound of hooves as they drove their buggies by, the quiet and solitude of the countryside, and visiting Amish communities where they sold incredible quilts and amazing food. Pretty darn fascinating.
Yes, and I even had hash brown casserole for dinner one evening at a quaint little inn that served an Amish Breakfast Casserole. It was similar to this recipe. Not only does it have THREE cheeses–cheddar, Swiss, and cottage–but it’s stuffed with hash browns, crispy bacon (or sausage), and eggs. Yummm!
After we ate this recipe for brunch the other day, my son asked me if I could also make it for dinner. Ahhhh, a son after my own heart. I love it!
- 1 pound sliced bacon, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 24 ounces frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) small curd cottage cheese
- 1 1/4 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish by lightly coating with cooking spray.
- Dice the bacon into bite-size pieces prior to cooking. In a large skillet, combine the onion and bacon and cook until bacon is crisp. Drain. Return the skillet to the stove and add the minced garlic. Stir for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Remove from stove.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Stir in the bacon mixture. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minute before serving.
Recipe inspired by TasteOfHome.com