Sunday, September 1, 2013

Interesting And 'Alternative' Breakfast Foods

I love breakfast-for-dinner. When I worked at a diner one summer in college, I learned how to make a lot of different recipes-country ham, Western omelets, etc-that could easily work for both meals. These are simple, but sometimes I wonder exactly how far someone could take the 'breakfast-dinner' combination without 'losing' either meal. Lucky for us, I did manage to find a few out-of-the-ordinary 'crossover meals'. They're things you'd never think of, but that's half the fun!

For instance, who says you can't have lasagna for breakfast?

Breakfast Lasagna
1 pound ham, thinly sliced
8 slices white bread, crust removed
8 slices American cheese
8 slices Swiss cheese
4 eggs
2 cups milk
3 ounces butter or margarine
bread crumbs
¾ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon onion salt

In a 8"x 12" pan,  make two layers of 4 bread slices, ham and cheeses each. In a blender or separate bowl, mix the milk, eggs, dry mustard and onion salt and pour over the layers. Refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350F, sprinkle crumbs and butter and bake until heated through and cheese is melted.

Here's a casserole for hash-brown lovers.

Hash Brown Casserole
1 2-pound package frozen hash browns
1 can cream-of-chicken soup
8 ounces sour cream
2 cups grated cheese (I like cheddar or Colby, but you can experiment)
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup grated onion
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix everything together, lay in the dish, sprinkle with 2 cups of crushed potato chips and an extra 1/3 cup of butter and bake for 45 minutes.  Easy.
I've never tried it this way, but some people use corn flakes instead of potato chips. To each, their own.

On a similar tip:

Tater Tot Casserole
1 pound ground beef
1 can cream-of-chicken soup
1 can French-cut green beans

1 can evaporated milk
1 small onion
Tater tots (I suppose about half the package, but that's up to you)

Preheat the oven to 350F.  In a medium bowl, mix the soup and milk. Cook beef and onion together, drain and coat the bottom of the casserole dish. Drain the green beans and layer over the beef. Layer the Tots. Pour soup mixture over the layers and bake for about an hour and 15 minutes.

Now you have some unique breakfast-dinner crossovers. I'm sure the diner would never let me make any of these recipes to serve to customers. Oh, well. Their loss. :)

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