Good morning, friends and family! Today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe that’s sure to transform your breakfast into a delightful and satisfying meal. Imagine the comfort of crispy tater tots, the savory goodness of hot breakfast sausage, and the rich flavors of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, all combined into one irresistible casserole. Our Tater Tot Casserole Breakfast is not just a dish; it’s a heartwarming experience that brings smiles to the breakfast table.
Perfect for lazy weekend mornings, brunch gatherings, or even as a special breakfast-for-dinner treat, this casserole is incredibly easy to make. It’s a versatile recipe that allows for customization to suit your taste preferences. Whether you’re feeding a hungry family or looking for a dish that’ll be the star at your next potluck, this Tater Tot Casserole won’t disappoint. Let’s get started on this journey of flavors that promises to make your mornings extra special!
- 2 pounds hot breakfast sausage: You can choose your preferred brand of sausage. For a healthier option, consider using turkey or chicken sausage.
- 1 bag (30-32 ounces) frozen tater tots: No need to thaw them before use.
- 1 teaspoon salt: Adjust to taste, especially if your sausage is already salty.
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder: Fresh minced garlic can also be used for a more robust flavor.
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder: Alternatively, finely chopped fresh onion can be used.
- 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese: You can mix different types of cheddar for a more complex flavor.
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese: Offers a nice stretchy texture. You can substitute with another mild cheese if preferred.
- 8 Eggs: Ensure they are fresh for the best results.
- 2 cups milk: Whole milk is preferred for a richer taste, but you can use a lower-fat option.
- Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 175°C (350°F) to ensure it’s hot enough when you’re ready to bake.
- Prepare the Baking Pan: Use a 9×13-inch baking pan. Spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking. You can also line the pan with parchment paper for easier cleanup.
- Cook the Sausage: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until it’s crumbly and brown. Drain any excess grease. For a spicier kick, you can add some red pepper flakes.
- Combine Sausage, Cheeses, and Tater Tots: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked sausage, both cheeses, and the frozen tater tots. Toss gently to mix.
- Spread the Mixture in the Pan: Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly.
- Prepare the Egg Mixture: In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. For added flavor, consider adding herbs like parsley or chives.
- Combine with Tater Tot Mixture: Pour the egg mixture over the tater tot mixture in the pan. Gently stir to ensure everything is evenly mixed.
- Bake: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 60 minutes. The casserole should be golden brown and set in the middle.
- Cool and Serve: Let the casserole cool for a few minutes after removing it from the oven. This rest period allows it to set and makes it easier to cut.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve warm. This casserole pairs well with a side of fresh fruit or a light salad for a balanced breakfast.
- Make-Ahead: You can assemble the casserole the night before and refrigerate. Bake it in the morning for a fresh breakfast.
- Customization: Feel free to add vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, or mushrooms for extra nutrition and flavor.
- Storing Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave.
Enjoy your hearty and delicious Tater Tot Casserole Breakfast!