Last week, Amy asked for brunch ideas on Slow Travel for her New Year's Day Open House. I was all set to send her this recipe until I read the words, "watching calories".
Pre-Brad, I used to make this every year for Christmas breakfast. I also used to make two or three pans ahead, and freeze them, partially baked, for the morning after our annual Christmas Party, when I would have 14-16 out-of-town guests over for brunch "the morning after". I thawed them the night before, and had coffee cake and fruit ready to go. An instant second party.
Before you read the recipe, just know that it is from a 1985 Junior League of Fresno Cookbook called California Treasure. No one cared as much about good and bad cholosterol, and "gluten free" or "lactose intolerant" were not in most people's vocabulary. We lovingly call this dish, " A Free Ticket to the Emergency Room". On the other hand, it has become a standard recipe in many of my friends' homes, and I have been asked to share the recipe with more guests than I can count.
Ok, you've been warned. All I can say is, if you are going to die, this would be the way to go!
1 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
salt and pepper
4 T. sour cream
1 jar of red chili salsa or picante sauce
2 c. sharp cheddar, grated
2 c. mozarella, grated
1 lb of Velveeta (My friend Jerry will mock me...)
Preheat oven to 400. In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, saute sausage, mushrooms and onion until sausage is cooked. Drain and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Meanwhile beat eggs and sour cream in a blender (I used an emmersion blender.) Pour egg mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and bake 7-10 min. until eggs are set into a soft custard. (Photos show a half pan version)
Remove eggs from oven and let them rest for about 5 minutes. Turn down oven to 325. Then spoon salsa evenly over the top. (Any recipe that can get me to eat salsa MUST be good, as I NEVER eat salsa!)
Spoon sausage mixture over salsa.
Top with cheddar:
Top that with mozzarella. Come on, make a white layer! You can do it!
Top with Velveeta. Yes, there's room. DON'T leave this out, it will not taste the same, nor will it be Harry's eggs!
Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes.
This was one of my favorite holiday meals with some toasted Panetone!
If truth be known, I LOVE this for dinner! It freezes well, so make little individual servings of leftovers for an "emergency night" when you don't want to cook. Just zap it in the microwave.