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Thu Feb 21, 2019, 11:33 AM

Easy breakfast casserole for folks who hate breakfast casseroles

So I like breakfast casseroles on one hand because it's an easy way to make breakfast for an entire family while insuring everything is ready at the same time. I hate breakfast casseroles on the other hand because I really don't like it when everything is all mixed together.

This is a simple idea that gives the best of both worlds. If you like firmer potatoes, use gold. If you like even firmer potatoes, use reds.

1 pound russet potatoes (about 3 medium)
1 medium onion (optional)
bacon
7-8 eggs cracked into a large bowl
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large oven safe skillet fry as many bacon pieces as will fit over medium heat.

While the bacon is frying, peel the potatoes and shred along with the onion. Place the shredded mixture in a colander in the sink and wring out as much moisture as you can.

Remove the finished bacon retaining the left over lard.

Place the potato/onion mixture in the skillet over medium heat and distribute until reasonably flat. Season with salt and pepper. Fry for about 4-5 minutes until brown on the bottom.

Remove the skillet from the burner. Using a large lid, flip the potato mixture. With a spatula, force the potatoes up the side of the skillet about 1/2". This keeps the eggs from running into the side of the skillet.

Place the eggs on top of the potato mixture, season, and place the bacon around the sides.

Bake at 350F for about 8 minutes until the eggs are set. If you like your eggs done a bit more, use the broiler for about half the time.

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Reply Easy breakfast casserole for folks who hate breakfast casseroles (Original post)
Major Nikon Feb 2019 OP
SWBTATTReg Feb 2019 #1
TEB Feb 2019 #2
Adsos Letter Feb 2019 #3
Ohiogal Feb 2019 #4
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #5
Hortensis Feb 2019 #13
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #15
Hortensis Feb 2019 #17
Polly Hennessey Feb 2019 #6
2naSalit Feb 2019 #7
spinbaby Feb 2019 #8
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #10
Hortensis Feb 2019 #9
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #12
Hortensis Feb 2019 #16
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2019 #11
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #14
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2019 #18
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #19
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2019 #20
Major Nikon Feb 2019 #21
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2019 #22
dem in texas Feb 2019 #23

Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 11:35 AM

1. Thanks for posting. This is definitely 1 recipe I'm going to try...sounds easy and good too! nt

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 11:45 AM

2. Thank you

I think Iíll make this Saturday

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 11:46 AM

3. That looks yummy!


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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:04 PM

4. What time do you want me to come over?

I'll bring the coffee .....

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:10 PM

5. There's always coffee

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:10 PM

13. :) Reminds me of a friend from Turkey who

told me an old saying regarding finding a new home was to choose the right neighbors.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:12 PM

15. Tends to attract coffee geeks

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:35 PM

17. Well, yes...! :)

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:11 PM

6. I like it because it does not have any bread as

an ingredient. I hate bread in breakfast casseroles.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:33 PM

7. Thanks!

I just found out that I'm getting called back to assist a buddy in raising a crop on his land this summer as foreman. This will be a good breakfast idea for our workers, we feed them along with wages. A good breakfast and planning session every morning makes for a happy and productive set of workers.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:47 PM

8. I was with you until the part where you flip the potatoes

That sort of thing never works out for me. But still, looks much better than breakfast casseroles Iíve had in the past, which seemed to have been based on tots. You can make this for me anytime.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:04 PM

10. That's why I use a lid

The skillet is non-stick which helps also. Otherwise you have to make sure the potatoes are loose with a spatula before you flip. Just invert quickly into the lid and slide back into the pan.

An alternate method is just to use a spatula and flip a portion at a time. Not as uniform that way, but it works.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:00 PM

9. I like that everything is ready to serve and eat at one time,

like a breakfast casserole and of course done in one pan. I'm fine with breakfast casseroles except for a couple PTSD-inducing soggy bread traumas.

Btw, courtesy of recommendation from Serious Eats, after squeezing moisture out of the shredded potatoes in a ricer I now microwave for a couple minutes. That eliminates fussing over getting the potatoes all cooked through, attention on the browning.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:08 PM

12. If your skillet has a lid, you can use it while you are browning the first side

The trapped steam will cook the potatoes throughout. I do this sometimes when I use gold or reds as they take a bit longer to cook. With russets as long as I don't try and cook too much at once this isn't a problem.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:34 PM

16. :) Wish I could say that, Major. Hash browns have escaped

mastery, and my threshold for "too much" to come out reliably good is pretty much anything beyond turning a potato into a couple patties for the two of us. They're easy to turn, so I don't need to squish them together and the centers can cook fairly quickly, with or without lid depending.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:05 PM

11. Looks great!

Can I simply come over to your house next time you make it? Alas, I live alone so it would be a complete waste to make so much.

I suppose I could scale down the ingredients easily enough. I'd need to purchase a small pan that can go in the oven, which wouldn't be much of a hardship. Looks like you're using an iron skillet there. The two I own are easily as large as the one pictured, just one is deeper than the other.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 01:10 PM

14. I used a non-stick skillet

https://www.oxo.com/non-stick-pro-12-inch-fry-pan-228.html

You can use cast iron just fine, but the potatoes don't let go of the pan quite as easily.

I scale this recipe down for one all the time. I just use a smaller skillet and it doesn't take quite as long.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 04:20 PM

18. I don't think my non-stick skillets would go in the oven.

I'll have to take a closer look at them, because the small one would probably be perfect for a one-person version.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 05:08 PM

19. If the handle is silicone it's probably OK

The ones the sell at the restaurant supply usually have silicone grips on the metal handle.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 09:20 PM

20. How can I tell if the handle is silicone?

I bought mine at Target. Two seem to be the brand Green Pan, and if I'm making sense of the symbols on the back of them, don't think they should go in the oven. The other is Farberware. That's the smallest one. I could actually purchase a new small pan, buying it at one of the kitchen/restaurant supply stores in town. Heck, I need new cookie sheets while I'm at it.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 09:38 PM

21. No real way of knowing it's oven safe other than the manufacturer

The non-stick pans you typically find at restaurant supply stores are typically aluminum with metal riveted handles with a silicone cover.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 01:04 AM

22. Thank you.

That's helpful.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 02:20 AM

23. Similar to French Peasant Omlet

Used to make this for breakfast when my kids were young.

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