Amish Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole uses meat, onions, peppers, potatoes and eggs, along with a generous amount of cheese.  We made a double batch of this for a family vacation and combined sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon for the meats, and used a variety of cheeses, including Swiss, Italian, sharp cheddar, Mexican blend, and more.  It was a huge hit!

Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute the bacon in a large skillet. When it starts to brown, add sausage, onions, sweet pepper, garlic and jalapenos (if you are using them). Saute until the sausage is fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder as it is cooking. Drain fat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees if baking now.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, hot sauce (opt.), meat and veggies. Stir in cottage cheese and all but 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of Swiss cheeses. Add beaten eggs.
  4. Grease a 9x13" pan. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with reserved cheese.
  5. At this point, if you are making this ahead, cover the casserole with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before you will bake it, remove it from the fridge so that it can start to come to room temp. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted and bubbling, and the casserole has set up in the middle. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.
  7. This is what was left.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe is from www.centercutcook.com/amish-breakfast-casserole/

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Bacon Cheddar Potato Pancakes

This is the best use for leftover mashed potatoes!!!

Bacon Cheddar Potato Pancakes
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4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Bacon Cheddar Potato Pancakes
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut up bacon and cook in skillet until almost done, then add onions and cook until tender.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well. If it is too soupy, add a little more flour.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Use bacon grease or butter. Use an ice cream scoop to form mixture into patties and pan-fry until crisp on each side.
Recipe Notes

If the potatoes are really thick, you may not need any flour at all!

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Baked Potato Soup

Thick and creamy, uses up your leftover baked potatoes.  Or make extra potatoes for this soup!

To make this gluten free, just substitute 1/3 cup cornstarch or potato starch mixed with some of the milk in place of the flour.  Bring the rest of the milk to a boil, then slowly add the cornstarch mixture and stir to thicken.  Or sorghum flour works great for soups and sauces.

Baked Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Baked Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, melt butter. Cook onions and celery for a few minutes. Stir in flour. Heat and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add potatoes. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add bacon, cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper, and stir until cheese is melted. Or sprinkle cheese and bacon on top as a garnish.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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New England Clam Chowder

Thick, hearty and flavorful.  You can substitute other kinds of seafood and make it into a seafood chowder if you prefer.  I added shrimp and lobster in place of some of the clams in the 2 photos of the chowder in the pan.

New England Clam Chowder
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6 servings
Servings
6 servings
New England Clam Chowder
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6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using at least a 4 qt. saucepan, add onion, fennel, carrots, parsley, butter and bacon to pan. (The photo is of a 4 quart pan with this recipe.) Cover pan and cook on medium heat until veggies are cooked down, for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, boil potatoes in a separate covered pan for about 10 minutes or until slightly tender. When potatoes are tender, drain and set aside.
  2. Add cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, salt and chicken base to the veggie mixture. Add heavy whipping cream, and milk, and allow to come to a boil.
  3. Drain clams and reserve 3/4 cup clam juice. Set clams aside. Combine reserved clam juice and cornstarch. Add to veggie mixture once it comes to a boil. Stir and cook over medium heat to thicken. Remove from heat and add clams and potatoes. Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. Serve.
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Deluxe Scrambled Eggs

This is another recipe that my husband came up with.  Creamy eggs filled with cooked bacon, onion, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, and topped with cheese.  I usually cook up double the meat and veggies, then reserve half of it for a later time to make a quick weekday breakfast.

Deluxe Scrambled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Deluxe Scrambled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet and begin cooking bacon in skillet.
  2. While that is cooking, finely dice onion, sweet pepper and jalapeno pepper. When bacon is cooked, add the diced veggies and cook, without draining bacon grease.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs with heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. When veggies are nearly cooked, add spinach and cherry tomatoes to the skillet. Cook until spinach is wilted.
  4. Pour eggs over the top of the veggies and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are nearly set up. Remove from heat. We like to eat these topped with shredded cheese and sometimes salsa.
Recipe Notes

Each serving, with 1/2 oz. cheddar cheese, contains:  424 calories, 31 g fat, 439 mg cholesterol, 523 mg sodium, 546 mg potassium, 14 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 22 g protein, 73% vitamin A, 147% vitamin c, 21% calcium, 15% iron

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Missouri Beans

A mixture of various kinds of canned beans, ground beef, bacon, BBQ sauce and molasses.  You can also used dried beans (see my notes below).  This could even be a main dish.  Even our grandsons loved it and they are picky eaters!

Missouri Beans
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Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Missouri Beans
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Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in a 9x13" pan. This also works well in the crock pot on low for several hours.
Recipe Notes

I like to use dried beans and I had a lot of beans in my basement, so I used black turtle beans, pinto beans, baby lima beans, and cranberry beans.  I started with about 1 1/4 cups of each variety. You can cook them in the crockpot with some water on low until they are done.  I would like to try the oven method that I just recently learned about.  Place the beans in a dutch oven and cover with water to 1" past the top of the beans.  Bake at 350 for an hour and 15 minutes, or until done.  When they are finished cooking, drain the extra liquid off, and use as you would the canned beans.  Note:  I still used Bush's baked beans.  These took the place of the canned butter beans, kidney beans and lima beans.

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Greg’s Famous Hash Browns

This is a recipe my husband came up with several years ago and we still enjoy it at least weekly.  A combination of bacon, potatoes, onions, sweet peppers, jalapenos (if you desire), and ham (opt.), topped with shredded cheese.  Yum!  Of course, any of these ingredients can be changed or deleted to your liking.

Greg's Famous Hash Browns
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Greg's Famous Hash Browns
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut up bacon by slicing across the slices into 1/4" or so pieces. Cook in skillet until just done.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cook, stirring every 5-10 minutes, until done. You may need to add a little butter or oil to the pan, depending on the skillet you are using and the fat content in the bacon. Serve topped with cheese of your choice! Cilantro or green onion makes a nice garnish for this dish. You may also want to add salsa to the top.
Recipe Notes

We always buy jalapenos and sweet peppers by the bushel or half bushel at the farmer's market in the fall, then we dice them and freeze them in quart Ziploc bags, so they are always ready to go whenever we need them!

The potatoes are julienned using a nifty device called Nice Dicer.  We have an old style one, that we have been using for years.  It works great and saves a LOT of time!

To save some time on a weekday morning, cook up the bacon the night before and save in a covered container with the other veggies, all chopped and ready to throw in the pan the next morning!

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