Thursday, December 16, 2010

Domestic Diva: Part I

So, for the holidays, we have an office "meeting" where we actually have a meeting with a breakfast chaser. In years past, we have had it catered, but with the "regulations", it's now sponsored by a couple of my bosses. Well, since I'm recently gluten-free and there are a couple of others in the office as well, I offered to prepare something for those that can't have the muffins, bagels, croissants, danishes, cake, cookies, etc. that the holidays bring about.

I have also been on a sojourn to find a replacement for the strata that we normally prepare for Christmas breakfast in my mom's family. It's basically eggs, green chiles, and bread. In fact, bread is the main ingredient. Now, you might be thinking, "Why doesn't she just use gluten-free bread as a replacement and be done with it?" Well, I would have you try gluten-free bread (oh, and pay for it) and then you'll know why I needed a replacement egg dish.

Enter my dear friend Kalyn. She has THE BEST brunch casserole that doesn't include flour or some kind of bread. It's easy to make and is a definite crowd pleaser.

Kalyn's Rockin' Brunch Casserole
     To prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
     Total bake time 1 hour, 15 minutes.
   12 rectangle hash
   1 lb. sausage
   1 can green chilies or
   4 c. shredded cheese
   8 eggs
   1 c. milk
   1 tsp. yellow mustard

·         Warm/soften hash browns and layer in a greased 9x13 pan.
·         Brown sausage, drain, and layer on top of hash browns
·         Add a layer green chilies/ jalapeños.
·         Add a layer of cheese.
·         Beat eggs in a bowl with milk and mustard.
·         Pour mixture over the top of the layers.
·         Baked, covered with foil for 1 hour.
·         Remove foil and let brown for 15 minutes.
Makes 12 servings.
I opted for the green chilies since I didn't know if everyone in the office could handle the heat.
How I kept it warm until I served it. That's a radiant heater in the foreground and a ceramic heater. Don't laugh. It worked!

I will probably make a mild (green chilies) and hot (jalapeños) version for the family on Christmas morning. Since the reviews from the office were clear from people telling me so and the fact that the pan was all but licked clean, I know that it will pass the test at home!

Part II of Domestic Diva will be my goodies that I made for my teammates and why I'm on the Elf Four Food Groups for the rest of the year (Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns, and Syrup).

No comments:

Post a Comment