My New Year’s resolution was to not procrastinate and to blog regularly. Needless to say I’ve failed miserably on both parts. So to make it up, here’s a casserole. It isn’t the best thing I’ve ever made, but it’s food. It’s also part of an assignment I had for my culinary arts class.
Casseroles have a repertoire of being simple food and easy to make. Sure, they’re simple, but if you forget a step you’re going to wind up getting something straight out the The Sims.
In case of a fire, don’t sit there screaming at it. Call the fire department.
But as long as you remember the grease the pan, watch the temperature, and keep a fire extinguisher handy, you’ll be fine! Also, internal temp is really, really important. Particularly when working with egg and meat.
In case you’re wondering, yes, a casserole is called a Hot Dish in Minnesota.
A casserole dish (I recommend 9×13)
two cups of milk (lactose free works)
1 pound of ground sausage
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (pepper jack is very good for this)
2 cups of shredded potatoes (a.k.a ‘Hash browns’)
Butter or grease spray (SERIOUSLY, GREASE THE PAN)
The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven to about 350 degrees. This is almost as important as greasing the pan because nothing is as frustrating as putting together a dish and realizing that you need to turn the oven on and wait for it to heat up. It’s particularly annoying when you need to bake something that really should not be left on the counter at room temperature for extended periods of time. (“Oh, I’m sure the chicken is fine!”)
As it’s heating up, spread the potato shreds on the bottom of the dish. Then brown the meat in a separate pan.
Make sure it’s cooked all the way. Not pink like this. Although, what’s a little salmonella among friends, amiright?
After you’re nearly certain that the sausage is done, spread it out over the hash browns. Try not to spill it on the floor like I did, at least I have a dog who cleaned up that mess. Not all of us are that lucky.
Next, mix the eggs and milk together. I was really tempted to add peppers to this, because I like spicy food, but then realized that would mean I’d be the only one eating the casserole. My sisters don’t like spicy food.
Beating the eggs. Satisfying in a weird sort of way.
After you mix the milk and the beat eggs together, spice it to your liking (anything goes with casseroles, trust me) and pour it over the sausage and potatoes. At this point the oven should be heated and you can put this in the oven for about 30 – 45 minutes. It sometimes takes more depending on how much you’re making.
It should look something like when you pull it out. Pretty, huh? Tasted good too. Hopefully you get similar results. I wouldn’t advise making this every day because it takes a while, but it’s great for Sunday morning breakfast.