Sunday, December 14, 2014

Make Ahead Chipotle Breakfast Casserole

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Make Ahead Chipotle Breakfast Casserole - is not only easy to make for a holiday party, it's smoky chipotle flavor is sure to wake up everyone's taste buds and say #SeasonedGreetings!




I love this time of year!

Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and finally New Year’s Eve.

For as long as I can remember, it has been huge in my family. I remembering spending the holidays with friends, family, and mountains of food as far as the eye could see. After my kids were born, I began to pass these traditions down to them. Over the holidays our home was always packed full of our loved ones, and of course as much food as they could bring themselves to eat, which was a lot gang! But I love it.

One ongoing tradition that began, after my kids were born, is the Christmas brunch. I have always been in charge of it, and I love coming up with new recipes to keep the family’s taste buds tantalized. A favorite dish of mine to serve is the make ahead breakfast casserole. They are so easy to make, and you can personalize them with whatever ingredients your family enjoys. My family really loves my holiday brunch party recipes like Make Ahead Waffle Casserole, Make Ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole, and Make Ahead Sausage Breakfast Casserole, just to name a few. There would, of course, be other food served along with the casserole. But the casserole always seemed to steal the show.



This year I decided to give my traditional dish a Mexican inspired twist. Being from Southern California, the whole family loves those flavors, so I know it will be a hit with everyone. I decided to work with Tabasco's Chipotle Pepper Sauce to add that little bit of smokiness, that I knew would be the perfect compliment to the dish.



Finding the pepper sauce was super easy at my local Albertson's store. I just headed straight for the condiments isle, and there it was on the top shelf with all of the other fabulous Tabasco flavors.



With Kevin working nights, he rarely gets breakfast. When he is going to bed, I am getting up, and we are two sleepy eyed ships passing in the hallway. But I decided that I was going to surprise him and have breakfast ready for him when he got home. Plus I needed a guinea pig errrrr taste tester for my recipe. I wanted to make sure everything was perfect so my Christmas brunch party will go off without a hitch. I mean, what is a party without delicious party recipes right?

So I set my alarm to make sure I had enough time to get the casserole ready for him, set up the coffee pot, and decided to wrap a few gifts to pass the time. No sooner did the kitchen timer go DING, Kevin walked in the door. He looked around that the clutter of wrapping paper all over the floor, and then was hit with the wonderful smell coming from the kitchen. "Did I miss the memo? Are we having the party today?", was the first comment from him. Then I got a "OMG what smells so good?". Smiling from ear to ear, I quickly assured him that it would just be him and I dining this AM, and then filled him in on the delicious goodness that was causing that tummy rumble inducing aroma.



We both headed for the kitchen. Him to eat, and me to hover over him to watch his reaction. He grabbed a bowl and scooped out a good sized portion, and took a big bite. I was perched on the edge of my seat, waiting for a response. What did I get? He barely took a breath before he dove right back in. I got a muffled "Mmmmm, this is really good" between large mouthfuls. Happily I bounced into the kitchen to get myself a plateful.

This may have backfired on me though, now Kevin wants me to make more breakfast recipes! I foresee many early morning cooking sessions in my future. Hmmm I wonder how many more make ahead breakfast casseroles I can come up with?


Make Ahead Chipotle Breakfast Casserole

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 12/15/2014
Make Ahead Chipotle Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 6 english muffins, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 1 tube (9-ounces) pork or beef Mexican chorizo (can sub 1 pound regular breakfast sausage if wanted)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish
  2. In a medium skillet, cook the chorizo until it renders and gets saucy.
  3. Layer 1/2 of the englich muffin pieces into the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with 1/2 of the cooked chorizo, and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat with remaining english muffins, chorizo, and 1/3 of the cheese
  4. Mix the eggs, milk, chipotle pepper sauce, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl.
  5. Carefully pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish.
  6. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  7. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  8. Cover the casserole loosely with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil, top with the remaining cheese, and bake for 10 to 15 more minutes, or until the eggs have completely set.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 50 mins.
Total time: 65 mins.
Tags: Breakfast, cheese, chipotle, egg, holiday party recipes, Tabasco

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This Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole's smoky chipotle flavor is sure to wake up everyone's taste buds!

11 comments:

  1. This sounds fantastic! I never would have thought to use english muffins in a casserole.

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    1. I have tried just about every bread out there in a Make Ahead casserole! Another fave is using toaster waffles YUM!!

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  2. I am going to have to make this. My Hubby loves Tabasco sauce. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Awesome!! I hope he enjoys it as much as my guy!!

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  3. Oh my goodness that looks delicious! My goal is to have something pre-made like this for Christmas morning. Why the heck I haven't done that in years past I'll never know. Pinning this recipe!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie! Yes, I always do a make ahead casserole to take some of the pressure off Christmas morning :)

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  4. Yummers nothing better than having breakfast with a kick of smoky flavor!

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  5. I'm totally making this for Christmas brush this year!

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  6. How smart - English Muffins and Tabasco in a casserole! Two of my favorites! #client

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