Amish Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Dawn breaks over the rolling fields, a serene canvas of greens and golds, and in the heart of this pastoral landscape, a culinary tradition thrives, untouched by the frenzy of modern life. The Amish Breakfast Casserole is a testament to this tradition, a dish that embodies the simplicity and wholesomeness of Amish cuisine. Imagine a dish so comforting, it feels like a warm embrace on a chilly morning, a blend of hearty ingredients woven together in perfect harmony.

Crafting this casserole is akin to painting with flavors, each stroke adding depth and warmth. The process is not just about following a recipe, it’s about experiencing the joy of cooking, the anticipation of that first savory bite.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs, whisked, ready to embrace and unify our diverse elements.
  • 1 cup of milk, the liquid whisper that binds and softens, bringing a creamy texture to our masterpiece.
  • 1 pound of sausage, previously crumbled and cooked to perfection, introducing a savory depth that’s both bold and comforting.
  • 4 cups of frozen hash browns, thawed, standing as the hearty backbone, offering texture and earthiness.
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, melting into golden rivers, enveloping our ingredients in a warm, cheesy embrace.
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper and 1/2 cup diced onion, their colors and flavors dancing through the casserole, bringing freshness and a slight crunch.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, each measured with precision to elevate without overpowering.

How to Make This Amish Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Preparing the Ingredients

  • Sausage Cooking: Begin by heating a skillet over medium heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan, cooking it thoroughly until it’s no longer pink. This step not only renders the fat but also develops a rich, savory base for our casserole. Once cooked, transfer the sausage onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess grease.
  • Vegetable Prep: While the sausage cools, dice your green bell pepper and onion into uniform pieces. This ensures they cook evenly, integrating their fresh, vibrant flavors throughout the casserole.
  • Cheese and Hash Browns: Shred the cheddar cheese if you haven’t purchased pre-shredded cheese. Thaw the hash browns as per the package instructions—usually, leaving them at room temperature for a short while does the trick, making them easier to work with.

Assembling the Casserole

  • Layering the Base: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until they are fully blended. To this, add the milk, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, whisking again to ensure the seasonings are well distributed. Stir in the thawed hash browns, cooked sausage, diced vegetables, and half of the shredded cheese, mixing until everything is generously coated with the egg mixture.
  • Baking Dish Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). While it warms, take a moment to grease a 9×13 inch baking dish lightly. This prevents sticking and ensures your casserole can be served beautifully.
  • Filling the Dish: Pour your casserole mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, creating a cheesy layer that will melt and brown beautifully in the oven.

Cooking the Casserole

  • Baking: Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the edges start to pull away from the sides of the dish, and the center is set. A golden-brown cheese crust should form on top, offering a hint of crispiness against the soft, flavorful filling beneath.
  • Resting: After removing the casserole from the oven, let it stand for a few minutes. This resting period allows the ingredients to settle, making it easier to cut into neat portions.

Serving Instructions

  • Temperature: Serve the casserole warm. Its flavors are most vibrant and its texture most pleasing when enjoyed fresh from the oven or reheated gently.
  • Presentation: Consider garnishing the casserole with fresh herbs like chopped chives, parsley, or cilantro for a pop of color and freshness. A dollop of sour cream or a drizzle of hot sauce can also add an extra layer of flavor for those who enjoy a bit of zest.
  • Accompaniments: Though hearty and fulfilling on its own, the casserole pairs beautifully with a side of fresh fruits, a crisp green salad, or artisan bread for a well-rounded meal.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Storage: Leftover Amish Breakfast Casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Ensure it’s cooled to room temperature before covering it with plastic wrap or transferring it to an airtight container. To reheat, cover with aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F oven until heated through, or microwave individual servings for a quick option.

Freezing: This casserole freezes beautifully, making it a fantastic make-ahead option for busy mornings or unexpected guests.

  • To Freeze: Allow the casserole to cool completely after baking. Then, cut it into serving-sized portions or freeze it whole. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil, then place in a freezer bag or wrap again in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. Label with the date, and store it for up to 2 months.
  • To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator if frozen. Reheat in a 350°F oven covered with foil until heated through. For individual portions, a microwave can be used, adjusting the time based on the portion size and microwave strength.
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FAQs

Can I make Amish Breakfast Casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the casserole ahead of time. Assemble it without baking, cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight. You might need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time the next day.

Can I freeze the Amish Breakfast Casserole?

Absolutely, the casserole freezes well. Let it cool completely, cut into portions, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, and then place in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

I don’t like cottage cheese. Can I substitute it or leave it out?

While cottage cheese is a key ingredient that adds moisture and creaminess to the casserole, if you’re not a fan, you might not even notice it’s there once baked. However, if you’re looking for alternatives, you could experiment with sour cream or Greek yogurt, keeping in mind that the texture and taste might slightly different.

Can I use different types of meat or add more vegetables?

Yes, the casserole is quite versatile. Though bacon and onion are commonly used, you can substitute them with sausage, ham, or leave the meat out for a vegetarian version.

What are some good toppings for Amish Breakfast Casserole?

Once baked, you can top the casserole with a variety of toppings to enhance its flavor. Options like salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, or diced green onions work well.

Amish Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Easter Breakfast Casserole

Ah, the delightful aroma of a kitchen waking up to the promise of a delicious Amish Breakfast Casserole! Join me on a culinary journey as we dive into the heartwarming world of this hearty breakfast dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 8
Calories 320 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pound sausage, crumbled and cooked
  • 4 cups frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ¼ tbsp black pepper
  • ¼ tbsp garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Begin by greasing a 9×13-inch baking dish. A touch of butter or a spritz of cooking spray ensures our casserole doesn't stick, making cleanup a breeze.
  • Spread the thawed hash browns evenly across the bottom of the greased baking dish. Consider this layer the sturdy foundation that holds our breakfast masterpiece together.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, crumble and cook the sausage until browned and cooked through. Once done, sprinkle the sausage evenly over the hash browns.
  • Add a burst of color and freshness by sprinkling diced green bell pepper and onion over the sausage layer. This brings a delightful crunch and infuses the casserole with vibrant flavors.
  • Now, it's time for the cheese – sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese generously over the veggies. Feel free to experiment with other cheeses like Monterey Jack or Gouda for a unique twist.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. This luscious mixture is the secret behind the creamy texture that will have your taste buds dancing.
Keyword Amish Breakfast Casserole, Easy Brunch Dish, Hash Brown Casserole, Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipe, Sausage and Egg Bake
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.