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Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole

Another school year is about to end, and celebrations abound.  There are end-of-year lunches and brunches to celebrate the year’s achievements, big or small.  Ushering in the welcome summer and contemplating what lies ahead.

Cheesy Potato and Sausage Bake 2

Any festivity that involves brunch is a happy thing.  I love brunch food.  If it isn’t something sweet, then it’s got to be something deliciously savory… and cheesy.  One of my favorites is this Cheesy Ham ‘n Hash Brown Casserole.  But I made that for our last brunch event, so I did a different cheesy bake for this round.

Cheesy Potato and Sausage Bake 1

This Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole is uber cheesy.  Three kinds of cheese, eggs, potatoes, and browned sausage for excess yum factor.  It is wonderfully easy to whip up the night before.  Let it sit in the fridge overnight, and it bakes up into a crowd-pleasing dish the next day.  We love make-ahead dishes around here.  It helps hectic mornings run a little smoother.

Cheesy Potato and Sausage Bake 3

This Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole is smooth, robust with flavor, and an instant hit with both little people and grown-ups.  I made an extra dish of this for the boys, who requested it again for dinner.  I indulged them.  It is, after all, the end of their school year.

Enjoy!

Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from allrecipes.com

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Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole

Yield: one 9x13 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound bulk sausage
  • 4 cups (20 oz) plain frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 9 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Heat heavy large skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage and onion, stirring often and breaking up the bulk sausage into small pieces. Cook until sausage is browned throughout. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a very large bowl, combine potatoes, eggs, Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add cooked sausage mixture. Stir to combine well. Pour entire mixture into prepared baking dish. Can tightly cover and refrigerate overnight, if desired.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 50-60 minutes or until eggs are set and cheese is melted. If casserole sat in fridge all night, it may need to bake a bit longer. Watch and cover with foil if the top starts browning too much in the oven. Let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.
  • Author: ChewOutLoud
  • Category: Breakfast/Brunch

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10 comments

    • Sherri

    Would it be ok with ricotta?

      • chewoutloud

      Sherri, for this particular recipe, I’d suggest sticking with the original cheeses, as they melt well together 🙂

    • Liz

    Love this potato casserole. Thank you.

    • Mary

    This is DELICIOUS! I made it in my Ninja Cooker and it took only 30 minutes.

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Mary! That’s super fast 🙂 SO glad you liked this recipe; we really do, too! Thanks for stopping over 🙂

    • Jasmine

    Definitely going to try this, thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re more than welcome, and thanks for coming over, Jasmine! 🙂

    • Simply Tia

    This is a must make. YUM!!!

    • Joyce

    Can this be frozen?

      • chewoutloud

      I’ve never tried freezing it, but I would recommend making it up to the point of baking first (don’t bake it yet.) Cover tightly, freeze, and take out to bake when ready. You’ll have to increase bake time if it’s frozen. Hope that helps!

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