Thursday, August 13, 2009

Breakfast for Supper and Other Glorious Things

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When I was little, Mama had certain rules and regulations regarding supper. From what I could see, these were fairly standard rules that applied to all of my friends, too—you know: eat your vegetables, have your good manners at the table, sit up straight, and….no TV during supper.

The one exception was Sunday nights. It was the 1970s and on Sunday evenings was “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” followed by “The Wonderful World of Disney.” My little sister and I had breakfast for supper on Sunday evenings and could carefully eat on trays in front of the TV. It was amazing!

I still like breakfast for supper sometimes. And I can use a little comfort food, too, since the TV is full of unhappy news stories and very little “Wonderful World of Disney.” For me, comfort food means you have to crack open a few eggs.

The following recipe is patently unhealthy. :) If you like healthy food, I’m sure you could make it lower fat by using egg substitute, veggies instead of bacon, low fat milk, and a light cheese.

If you like zesty food, try this with a pepper-jack cheese and a spicy ground sausage.

If you like to make it complicated, grate your own potatoes for this dish. And cook and crumble the bacon yourself.

If you’re a busy mommy or a slacker (like me), you can use shortcuts like 3 oz of real bacon bits and the shredded hash browns they have in the deli area of the grocery store (not the frozen aisle) that has diced onion and peppers already in it.

Breakfast-for-Supper CasseroleIMG_5846

1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced green bell pepper

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

8 eggs

2 cups milk

1 16 oz. package of hash browns (thawed if they were frozen)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 7x11 casserole dish.

Line the bottom of the dish with the hash browns at cook them for 15 minutes until the edges brown slightly.

While the hash browns are cooking, beat the eggs and milk together in a big bowl. Mix in your cheese, onion, cooked bacon, and green pepper. Pour the egg mixture on top of the cooked hash browns.

Reduce oven heat to 350.

Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, then cover with foil and cook another 10 minutes.

If you refrigerate the mixture first, your cooking time will be significantly increased….just a heads-up.

Hope y’all enjoy a little Southern comfort….

Riley (Elizabeth Spann Craig—Pretty is as Pretty Dies:

The first of the Memphis Barbeque series will come out May 2010, by Riley Adams.


  1. Anything with bacon is basically dessert ;-), so this, of course, sounds good. But just as important, it sounds easy and fast, especially with all the tips you gave. Plus, it looks like it will serve quite a few people. Thanks!


    Straight From Hel

  2. Now that I’m retired and at home all day, grazing has become the norm--sadly. I’ll bet this dish could be made in bulk (8 eggs sounds like more than one serving, even for me.) and I could have breakfast for all three meals and everything in between. Hmmm. This blog is a hazard to my waistline. Sigh, but it’s so much delicious fun.

    Best Regards, Galen
    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  3. Thanks, Helen.Yes, this is one that can be constructed very quickly...the cooking time is the only real length of the prep work.

    Galen--I had it for supper last night and breakfast this morning (and didn't make the healthy version. :) ) Maybe I should think about my waistline, too!


  4. I love breakfast anytime of day or night! And our pets make us breakfast - we have four hens and two teenagers that have, as of yet, to declare their gender (hens please!). So we get three to four eggs a day and we eat em! I've given up meat but bacon was my first word so if anyone knows of a good bacon substitute I'd like to know.

  5. oh and if that teenager comment is confusing - yep we have two real teenagers - guy and gal - but we have two chicks that the rooster fathered before he went to freezer camp.

  6. Labanan--Thanks for popping by! I'm really jealous of the freshness of the eggs at your house! Hmm...well, there's imitation bacon, but I'm not sure that it's very good. Maybe someone else has ideas?


  7. I love breakfast all day long! And eggs with veggies, cheese, mushrooms, and onions are divine!
    Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

  8. This sounds wonderful!!! I love breakfast any ol' time and look forward to trying this. Thanks!!


    Meanderings and Muses

  9. Avery--Thanks! I think you could probably put a whole bunch of those things in this casserole and make it even better.

    Kaye--Thanks so much for stopping by! Good to know another breakfast all day fan. :)

  10. I wonder if breakfast for dinner on Sunday is a Southern tradition. I have a friend who has wonderful memories of cinnamon toast in front of the TV on Sunday nights. I gather everyone ate a big lunch after church on Sunday, so it was breakfast for dinner with Disney in the evening.

    Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

  11. My husband is from Alabama, and he had the same routine! I'm thinking maybe it was a Southern thing.


  12. I can eat breakfast 24/7. No problem. As a bachelor, I would throw leftovers into a skillet, combine eggs and cheese, then heat and stir. Viola! A new breakfast creation each time. I probably should have saved some of the recipes.

    Stephen Tremp

  13. I now know what I'm having for dinner. And it won't be the healthy version. Thanks!

  14. Sounds absolutely scrumptuous. And I have all the ingredients too- off to the kitchen. ;)

    The Old Silly

  15. Stephen--You should have! You probably ate a whole lot healthier than most bachelors.

    Mare-- I didn't make the healthy one either. :) It sure was good...

    Marvin--Hope you enjoy it!

  16. Now that's my kind of breakfast - it looks and sounds delicious.

  17. Pam--Thanks for popping by and happy eating!

  18. Yum, this sounds great. My husband and I do "breakfast for supper" at least once a week, but ours is usually bacon, egg, and cheese bagels. Really enjoying the blog/site, and all the recipes, I've made this a daily stop.

  19. I'm printing this off because it also sounds like a good recipe to whip up for breakfast when we have house guests. Yum!

  20. Shel--Nothing wrong with bacon, egg, and cheese bagels. But it's fun to shake things up sometimes, too.

    Jane--Coincidentally, I have house guests right now! :) Thought I'd do my blog and feed my guests....


  21. Have been out of town and missed over a week of visiting sites. None of the relatives we visited had internet access and my laptop was set up for wifi only. This casserole sound delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  22. Any recipe that starts with 1lb of bacon has to be good! We're big fans of breakfast for dinner at our house. My husband loves breakfast foods but because of his diet, can't have them often. It became a speical dinner night for us.

    I remember Sunday nights, too! Can you still sing the Mutual of Omaha jingle? :-)

  23. I love your different solutions for the ifferent people. Healthy, zesty, complicated or slacker, I pick the slacker! LOL