Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

We generally celebrate birthdays in my division with cake but scheduling is so crazy I started celebrating my boss’ birthday with a breakfast.  My family makes a very traditional Breakfast casserole for brunch at Thanksgiving, etc. but my son and I try to be gluten-free so I was looking for a different breakfast casserole that is always gluten-free.  This Hash Brown & Egg Casserole definitely meets the criteria and was a hit, based on the number of people who asked for the recipe.

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

The night before prep time: Put a large package (30oz) of frozen hash browns in the fridge to defrost.  In a skillet over medium heat, cook alb of pork sausage (type of your choice – I used Mild) and 1 medium onion, chopped, until the sausage is crumbled, evenly brown, and the onions are translucent.  Drain thoroughly and refrigerate.

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

In the morning – pre-heat oven to 350-degrees.

Combine six eggs (I added another one after I took this picture) and 1/2 c 2% milk.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

Add 1/2tsp onion powder, 1/4tsp garlic powder, 1tsp thyme, and freshly ground black pepper to the egg mixture.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

Grease a 9×11″ casserole dish, pour in the defrosted hash browns.  There were still a few ice crystals but they were mostly defrosted.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

Pour the egg mixture over the hash browns.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

 

Top hash browns with 1 1/4c shredded cheddar cheese.

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

Top with cooked sausage mixture (I slightly warmed the sausage in a microwave so it would be easier to sprinkle on top.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

Final topping is 3/4c shredded cheddar.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

Cover with foil and bake in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

Uncover and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

 

Savory and delicious – I used mild pork sausage but I am sure it would be good with any variety. If I used Italian pork sausage, I think I would add additional Italian seasoning.  Chopped cooked bacon would probably work also.

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

I also made some banana bread and chocolate coffee cake.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Casserole

 

 

 

 

Everyone came out to wish the boss a very Happy Birthday!

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