At the start of each week, my family is already looking forward to our traditional weekend breakfasts, when I serve warm and wonderful dishes such as this. The make-ahead convenience lets me relax with the family as the savory aroma fills the house.
This flavorful breakfast bake comes together quickly using handy convenience foods, including refrigerated hash browns, biscuit mix and store-bought pesto. For a seafood variation, replace the ham with crabmeat.
"I always cook up a storm during the holidays," says Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York. Spinach and red peppers give festive Christmas color to her satisfying bake that boasts Italian sausage, lots of cheese and a short prep time.
“This light, flavorful and inexpensive risotto makes a surprising addition to a traditional brunch menu,” writes Jennifer Dines of Brighton, Massachusetts. “It's gotten lots of compliments from my friends,” she adds.
"By keeping a few of these tender well-stuffed crepes in the freezer, I can easily reheat them when vegetarian friends stop by unexpectedly," writes Patricia Moyer of Island, Pond, Vermont. "Plus, they're a great way to use up extra zucchini."
For a fun change-of-pace breakfast, Kathy Brodin of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin suggests these sausage and hash brown frittatas perked up with salsa. "To lower the cholesterol even more, use egg substitute for the whole eggs," she notes.
When our children were young, I prepared this recipe regularly because it's fast and easy. Loaded with cheese, Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms and garlic, the recipe makes two omelets, but the ingredients can easily be increased to suit larger families.—Catherine Fontana, Fox Lake, Illinois