Hash Brown & Sausage Breakfast Casserole | PALEO


The holidays always get me thinking deep thoughts...  About family, priorities, being thankful for what I have, choosing the perfect gifts to remind my loved ones that I care, and breakfast casseroles.  :D

It seems like most families have their old school go-to breakfast casseroles that are light on the eggs, heavy on the cheese and white bread.  & While I'm sure that's tasty, I wanted to change this up:  Paleo style.  Still easy, filling, & enough to feed a crowd, but without the whole bread/cheese scenario~  & I thought frozen hash browns were the perfect replacement.

I also wanted something that could be assembled the night before, then baked in the morning.  Because, say it's Christmas morning.... Who's wanting to brown some sausage & cook hash browns?  (Not me.)  I'll be the one with the coffee watching a Christmas parade on TV, checking out everyone's Christmas gifts, while this bad boy bakes in the oven.

So, whether you're looking for a healthy recipe to kick off your weekdays, or feeding your family on Christmas morning, give this a try!  It's as delicious as it is simple to prepare.  Enjoy, & make sure to read all of my "notes" for tips & suggestions!


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Notes:  
  • We buy our frozen hash browns @ Trader Joe's, but they do contain dextrose
  • Try shredding your own potatoes (about 4.5 cups worth) to keep this recipe Whole30 compliant
  • Increase the amount of sausage or eggs if you're feeding more people or want more protein
  • Try adding onions, bell peppers, cheese (if you tolerate dairy), mushrooms, bacon, ham, different spices, etc. to make it your own!
  • I don't taste the "coconut" from the coconut milk, but feel free to substitute milk of your choice (almond milk, dairy milk, goat milk, etc.)


*Makes 8 servings.
Ingredients:
  • 1 bag (20 oz) frozen hash browns
  • 10 oz pork breakfast sausage
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk 
  • 2 tsp dried onion
  • 1/2 tsp each:  garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt
  • handful chopped spinach or parsley (optional;  for a little green)
  • green onion, sliced (for garnish)


Tools:
  • 9 x 13" baking dish (glass or ceramic)
  • parchment paper
  • large skillet
  • slotted spoon
  • medium bowl
  • mixing bowl & whisk or fork


Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Line the 9 x 13" baking dish with parchment paper (for the easiest cleanup ever).
  • In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, cook the sausage until crumbled & no longer pink.  (I used fully cooked sausage that I diced into pieces and then browned, because it's easy.)  Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a medium bowl, leaving the rendered fat in the skillet.
  • Add hash browns to the skillet, and cook according to their package instructions in the fat rendered from the sausage.  I basically cooked mine over medium heat until they were golden and crispy.
  • Turn off the stove, and stir the sausage and spinach/parsley into the hash browns.  Transfer to the lined 9 x 13" baking dish.  Whisk the eggs and spices in a mixing bowl, and pour over top of the hash brown mixture.
  • Bake at 350ºF for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the eggs are set.  Slice into squares & serve hot!




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2 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Made two batches - one to freeze and one to eat now. I added thyme and fennel along with red onion - which adds a bit of sweetness. #whole30