Last night as I was pondering what to make for breakfast, I noticed that we have lots of stale bread (eww), eggs, and veggies that have been sitting comfortable in the fridge for god knows how long and are now reaching life support status. I immediately packed a life boat sized salad for my lunch, which took care most of the veggies. But I still needed to tackle the bread, eggs, and other veggies. I put my Winnie the Pooh thinking cap on and after a few minutes I realized that I had the ingredients for a breakfast casserole. In general, casseroles aren’t often made or eaten in my house because we’re Chinese and usually stick to Chinese food. But I recently watched Paula Dean and her friend make one on her show and it looked amaze-balls. So, here is my attempt at making a breakfast casserole, which I thought was just as amaze-balls without the Paula Deen butta and heavy cream.
Simple Breakfast Casserole
1 Slice of bread
4 Baby bell peppers
1 oz Mozzarella, shredded
1/2 Cup milk
**Salt/Pepper/Cinnamon to taste
Serving Size: 1
Butter or spray cooking oil on the sides and bottom of an oven safe bowl. In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, cinnamon, salt, and pepper and beat until it reaches a frothy consistency. Slice the bread into 1” chunks or tear into pieces, chop baby bell peppers into bite sized pieces, and either grate mozzarella or use pre-grated mozzarella sold at the market. (I personally feel that pre-grated cheese doesn’t taste as good but it will work if you are in a hurry or if that’s all you have at home.) Place the bread on the bottom of an oven safe bowl and top with the baby bell peppers and mozzarella. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the entire bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
|Casserole after being in the fridge overnight|
In the morning, preheat the oven to 350°. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 30 minutes. Feel free to take a shower, do your makeup, or embrace your inner couch potato during this time. When the oven timer finally rings, remove from oven and dig in.
|Straight from the oven. Hooray!|