Beef Recipes: Southwest Breakfast Casserole

I am so excited to be sharing another one of the Texas Beef Council’s recipes with you guys.

Here is a delicious breakfast casserole that would be perfect to serve Christmas morning, or even serve for brunch after gifts are opened and kids are running around screaming and playing.

What? Your kids play quietly?

Bragger.

Seriously, this is tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of sandwich bread
  • 1 lb. beef sausage
  • 4 cups Colby/Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • bottled picante sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • drizzle of olive oil

As you see the recipe calls for beef sausage. After going to four different grocery stores, including a meat market, I could not find ground beef sausage anywhere. After butchers trying to sell me polish sausage and relentlessly trying to convince me that sausage is pork, I finally ran across a kind and very wise butcher at Albertsons. He informed me that about 10-15 years ago, due to cross contamination concerns, they put a stop to butchers making any ground sausage at the grocery store level. He informed me that it really is easy to improvise at home. He gave me spice suggestions to create my own beef sausage using 1 lb. chili meat.

Beef Sausage Improvising

Add these spices to 1 lb of chili meat:

  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • a few pinches of salt
  • a few cracks of pepper
  • a few shakes of red pepper flakes

I share this with you because if I had a hard time finding ground beef sausage, I am sure you will too.

Add those spices to your meat and brown in a skillet. I added a drizzle of olive oil to the pan.

While the beef sausage is cooking, cut the crust off six slices of sandwich bread.

Butter each slice of bread on both sides. I used spray butter because I like the easy route.

Place the bread slices in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.

Drain your meat and sprinkle the meat over the bread slices.

Looks like sausage, right?

Smart, hua?

Top the meat with all 4 cups of cheese.

I know. That is A LOT of cheese, but you will not regret it. (Until you’re on the treadmill. Buy reduced fat.)

Pour the two cans of diced green chilies over the cheese.

Next, whisk your eggs, half-and-half, salt and dry mustard.

Pour that over your casserole and then cover the dish with foil.

Refrigerate over night or at least for a handful of hours. I prepared this in the morning and left it in the fridge all day.   Then, it was ready to be cooked when dinner-time rolled around.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Let it set for 5 minutes or so to allow the casserole to set before cutting into it.

Plate it up and top with picante sauce, hot sauce, sour cream, more shredded cheese, etc.

I hope that you will join us tomorrow night for the #TXBeef Holiday Menu Twitter party!  It is THIS Tuesday, December 13 from 8-9 CST. You will be there, right?

Look for me at the party. My Twitter handle is @crystalandcomp.

Why should you be a part of this? There will be 23 Beefy prizes!!!

Plus there will be all kinds of fun and information for making holiday menus easier.   On board will be a  butcher, a nutritionist and a chef available for such questions.

See ya there!

Beef Recipes: Southwest Breakfast Casserole
8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 6 slices of sandwich bread
  • 1 lb. beef sausage
  • 4 cups Colby/Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • bottled picante sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • drizzle of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Brown the beef sausage in a skillet drizzled in a bit of olive oil.
  2. While the meat is cooking, cut the crust off six slices of sandwich bread.
  3. Butter each slice of bread on both sides. I used spray butter because I like the easy route.
  4. Place the bread slices in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish.
  5. Drain your meat and sprinkle the meat over the bread slices.
  6. Top the meat with all 4 cups of cheese.
  7. Pour the two cans of diced green chilies over the cheese.
  8. Next, whisk your eggs, half-and-half, salt and dry mustard.
  9. Pour that over your casserole and then cover the dish with foil.
  10. Refrigerate over night or at least for a handful of hours. I prepared this in the morning and left it in the fridge all day. Then, it was ready to be cooked when dinner-time rolled around.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. Let it set for 5 minutes or so to allow the casserole to set before cutting into it.
  13. Plate it up and top with picante sauce, hot sauce, sour cream, more shredded cheese, etc.
Notes
As you see the recipe calls for beef sausage. After going to four different grocery stores, including a meat market, I could not find ground beef sausage anywhere. After butchers trying to sell me polish sausage and relentlessly trying to convince me that sausage is pork, I finally ran across a kind and very wise butcher at Albertsons. He informed me that about 10-15 years ago, due to cross contamination concerns, they put a stop to butchers making any ground sausage at the grocery store level. He informed me that it really is easy to improvise at home. He gave me spice suggestions to create my own beef sausage using 1 lb. chili meat. Beef Sausage Improvising: 2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp sage ½ tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder a few pinches of salt a few cracks of pepper a few shakes of red pepper flakes

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks amazing! And make your own beef sausage…genius! I like sausage mild and now I can make it as mild or as spicy as I want with lean ground beef! :)

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