Monday, May 2, 2011

Breakfast: It's What's for Supper

I have had busy Wednesdays the last two weeks, so I made this both Wednesday nights. Lincoln thoughtfully tore the recipe into about eight pieces, so I decided to type this recipe up before I lose too many crucial pieces. I already lost an important piece after the first week, but it turned out fine the second time, so I must have remembered it correctly!

(I do not know Diane-- this recipe was in our paper with this title. "Breakfast Casserole" seemed a little vague, so I'm keeping the "Diane". Hi, Diane Van Der Woude of Central New York!)

Diane's Breakfast Casserole
  • 1 package (16 oz.) frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup cooked, cubed ham
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5-7 eggs, beaten (recipe called for 5, I had seven left in the carton, it worked beautifully!)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 T dry mustard
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion (preferably green onion)
  • Paprika, to taste
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 13x9 pan. Spread defrosted hash browns in bottom of pan. Sprinkle ham over potatoes, then sprinkle cheese. Beat together milk, eggs, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper. Gently stir in green onions, and pour over cheese, ham and potatoes. Sprinkle generously with paprika. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Before cooking. It looks like there are WAY too few eggs in there...

But it bakes right up over all the chunky ingredients.

This recipe is very easy to make ahead of time, and is a delicious one-dish meal.

Another popular "Breakfast for Supper" around here is Baked Oatmeal from the Tidy Mom website. My kids love to sprinkle mini chocolate chips and heavy cream on it, or maple cream.

Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (I always use old-fashioned, they work fine)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 13x9 pan. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread in pan and bake 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Serve with milk, cream, raisins, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, maple syrup, maple cream-- use your imagination!


  1. Sounds wonderful...I have a baked oatmeal recipe, but I like the sounds of yours w/the addition of peanut butter! :)

  2. As a vegetarian option, I've made the first recipe with broccoli instead of ham and it turned out all right. But I think asparagus might work even better. :)

  3. Rebekah: I don't know why, the addition of PB always makes it seems less like I'm serving my kids some dessert for supper! :-) And Verity, asparagus seems like a stellar inclusion!

  4. I was just thinking about baked oatmeal and how I needed to make it! Justin likes it for a quick breakfast.