A Brunch Staple

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Celia Slaughter, Staff Writer

If you’re anything like me, you love breakfast. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 pandemic, some of my favorite restaurants are closed. Some offer takeout, but who wants eggs and pancakes out of a styrofoam box? Today, I’m going to show you my favorite brunch recipes for the weekend, or any day, that you have a hankering for some hot breakfast food.

Admittedly, I’m terrible at making omelettes. Sometimes the pan doesn’t work with me or I miss the exact time needed to flip it. This egg casserole recipe gives you the satisfaction of an omelette without all of the stress. It’s very simple. Here are the needed ingredients:

  • 10 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Desired vegetables and herbs
  • ¼ cup of cheddar cheese
  • Container of sausage or diced ham

That’s all it is! First, you preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, chop your vegetables. You can use any you like! I like to use a bell pepper, a zucchini or squash, half a container of sliced mushrooms or about 5 large mushrooms, green onion, and a few cups of spinach. If you want to include herbs I like to use thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, or basil. If I’m going to include meat, I will brown the sausage and remove the grease or cook the ham before I crack the eggs. Please remove the grease from your sausage using a spoon or turkey baster. After, crack all ten eggs, add the whipping cream, and mix until properly whisked. Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and anything else you’d like. Mix in the vegetables and meat if included and pour into a greased casserole dish. Add the cheese and some extra salt to the top. Bake for thirty-five minutes. Serve while hot. Add hot sauce if you’d like!

This next recipe compliments a vegetarian version of the egg casserole above. I like to call it Hog Rice Casserole. This is all you need as follows:

  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • Container or sausage
  • 2 packets of ready to serve rice
  • Sprinkle of cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. First, you brown the sausage and remove the grease. Mix in the cheese, soup, and rice. Spread out in a casserole dish. Bake for 35 minutes.

These brunch options are delicious and very filling! You can serve one at a time, both, or even include sides like fruit or banana bread like I did in the picture to the right. Enjoy!