Breakfast for dinner is rising in popularity. Across fast food and sit-down restaurants alike Brinner is becoming more and more of a mainstream concept. There could be several reasons, several articles have expressed that often our lives move at such a fast pace that a big breakfast is not possible during traditional breakfast time. It could simply be that breakfast foods are awesome! (They really are bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles)
With winter temperatures really beginning to set in across the nation, more individuals are looking for warm meals that are quick and easy. We thought we would share some of our favorite brinner recipes that give you more time to spend away from the stove, but warm comfort as well. Several can also be prepped ahead of time to further cut down weeknight cooking time.
Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole
This is a casserole comprised of ingredients easily in your fridge and pantry. It can be made ahead of time covered and refrigerated, to then be popped in the oven when you’re ready. You can add other favorite items to make it your own. I sometimes add green peppers, mushrooms and fresh onions. The combination of high protein eggs, sausage and potatoes make this a hearty meal that won’t leave anyone hungry.
2 lb hot Broadbent breakfast sausage (feel free to substitute mild)
1 bag frozen tater tots
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
1 ½ c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
½ C Mozzarella Cheese
2 C. Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fully cook your breakfast sausage until golden brown. (no pink) In a large bowl, toss tater tots, cooked sausage and cheese together. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish (non-stick or coated with non-stick oil) In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, salt, pepper, onions, garlic and milk. Pour liquid mixture over tater tote and sausage mixture. Bake uncovered 50-60 minutes, until eggs are completely cooked.
Farmer’s Breakfast Bowl
This blend of ingredients frequently found in most kitchens, but tossed together in one pan for an easy to clean up meal. It can be completely customized to fit your family, don’t be afraid to let the kids choose ingredients and try it different ways each time you prepare it. You will make it more than once because it is delicious.
1 bag (32 oz) diced potatoes (can use fresh about 6-8 medium potatoes chopped very small)
1 chopped Green bell pepper
1 chopped onion
1 lb (16 oz) Broadbent diced ham (pull out those leftovers!)
1-2 c. Cheddar Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a large skillet (cast iron is perfect for this as they tend to be deeper) add 2 T oil ad fry potatoes, pepper, onions and ham on medium heat until potatoes are tender yet crispy. In another pan add your eggs and scramble to cook ( I personally add a bit of milk to fluff up my eggs). Once cooked add eggs and potatoes together tossing evenly. Sprinkle on cheese and toss until it melts, sprinkle on salt & pepper to taste.
Biscuits & Gravy Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Biscuits and gravy is a true classic especially here in the south. This recipe puts it in a casserole form and can be made the night before or the morning off and set in the refrigerator for dinner that night. Feel free to use hot sausage if your family likes a bit of heat.
16 oz can of biscuits
1 lb Broadbent breakfast sausage
1 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
5 T butter
5 T Flour
2 ¼ C Milk
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
Prepare a 9×13 pan (non-stick), line bottom with biscuits torn into bite size pieces (1 inch). Fully cook sausage in skillet. Layer sausage over the biscuits, then layer on shredded cheddar cheese. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¾ C Milk, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the biscuits. (Cover and refrigerate overnight)
For gravy, in a sauce pan melt 5 T butter, once melted whisk in 5 T flour until the mixture is paste like. Add in remaining salt and pepper. Turn heat to low, and whisk in 1 1/5 c. of milk stir constantly. Once gravy is thickened set aside. (Refrigerate in a bowl)
Ready to Cook. When your ready remove items from the refrigerator and pour gravy mixture over the biscuits. Cook at 350 degrees covered for about 30-35 minutes, then remove cover and 10-15 additional minutes allowing eggs to completely cook and cheese turns golden brown.
These 3 dishes are our favorites, they exemplify traditional comfort breakfast foods. Each one can be made for a quick week night dinner with a bit of prep time. Feel free to stay in, use up those items you’ve likely already got in your home and enjoy a delicious meal.
What are your favorite breakfast for dinner ideas? Share in the comments.