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This time of year always means cold weather and a lot of company so I find myself relying on casseroles a lot. They are easy to make, freeze well, and feed a crowd so they are pretty much the perfect holiday food. Even though casseroles have a reputation for being difficult to clean because of pans with caked on cheese or other ingredients, there’s actually a really easy way to take care of that too. In fact, by the time you’re done reading this post you’ll have an amazing spicy breakfast casserole and the secret to easy cleanup.
Lately I’ve been prepping, cooking, and freezing a lot of breakfast casseroles. Since my husband is a vegetarian I usually cook a 9 x 9 dish of today’s breakfast potato casserole with veggie sausage and another 9 x 9 dish using pork sausage for the guests that come up for hunting season. This time of year we always have a huge surplus of potatoes and peppers from the garden and this breakfast casserole is the perfect way to use them up. This breakfast casserole is spicy, cheesy, and oh-so-good! I’ve never met anyone that didn’t love it and go back for seconds (or thirds!).
I have to admit though – it’s a little bit messy to make. From sausage grease splatters on the stovetop and to baked on cheese, this dish does require some clean-up but that clean-up is a breeze thanks to one of our go-to family favorites – Scotch-Brite™ Brand. The NEW Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Dots Sponges and Dishwands from Kroger make kitchen clean-up a breeze! While the casserole is baking in the oven the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponge gets my stovetop sparkling again and the baked on egg and cheese doesn’t stand a chance against the power of the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Dishwand. Seriously, clean-up has never been easier.
The Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponges safely clean all cookware so you can clean without scratching your favorite pots and pans. I use them on my non-stick cookware, counter tops, and stove top with ease. Thanks to the Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots, they scrub fast and all of my surfaces rinse clean. Even the most baked on items come right off (and trust me, this breakfast casserole left behind some seriously baked on cheese!). Learn more about my favorite Scotch-Brite sponges.
If you want to prep this casserole ahead of time, it freezes well for about 2 months although mine never last longer than 30 days. Prep it then wrap it tightly in foil or freezer wrap. When you’re ready to bake it, thaw in the refrigerator overnight then bake at 350-degrees until done (usually 45-60 minutes depending on your oven).
When you’re ready, remember to use your Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Dots or Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponges for easy clean-up!
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- 1 lb mild sausage
- 1 lb spicy sausage
- 30oz package frozen hash browns (thawed) (or 30oz fresh shredded potatoes)
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Cook sausages in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Crumble and drain.
- Cook hash browns over medium-high heat until browned no both sides, approximately 15 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sausages, hash browns, cheese, diced red bell pepper, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Mix well then pour into a 13 x 9 lightly greased baking dish.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, and 1/2 tsp salt. When well-blended, pour evenly over the hash brown mixture.
- Bake at 350-degrees for 45-minutes to 1-hour until edges are golden brown and egg mixture is fully baked.
- For extra spice, serve with diced jalapenos and salsa.
What do you like to add to your breakfast casseroles? Tweet me @ashleyfromhp or share your thoughts below.