Breakfast Casserole

A quick and easy... and I do mean quick and easy breakfast casserole.  Nothing could be easier unless someone else makes it.  Delicious and even pretty enough to serve to overnight guests.. this one will let you spend time with those guests and still serve a great breakfast.
I used diced ham.... I bought a small package of diced ham in the meat section of the grocery store... great to throw in the freezer to have when you need it.  You can dice your own ham from leftovers or a slice of ham you can find in that meat section at the store.
You can substitute breakfast sausage for the ham.... cook, crumble and drain on paper towels before adding it to the casserole.
I use shredded cheddar cheese or a shredded Mexican cheese mix with this recipe.. both work extremely well.
I didn't thaw my hash browns... if you are using refrigerated hash browns or you thaw the potatoes.. adjust the cooking time down by at least 10 minutes... start checking it then... it's done when a knife inserted in the center comes out dry (not wet with the egg/milk mixture).
I've seen this recipe with the dry ingredients "layered".. I like to put them in a bowl and mix them.. this way everything is pretty evenly distributed...I personally think it makes a better casserole.
The recipe calls for evaporated milk... I do use it.. but would work well with fat free half and half also .. the consistency is the about the same..
Use both the green and white parts of the green onion.
This can be assembled the night before and stored in the fridge overnight .. but honestly it goes together so quickly I don't think it's necessary.. in the time it takes your oven to pre-heat.. you can have it assembled.
Remember if you use a smaller dish to bake it in.. then the casserole will be thicker... and you will need to adjust your baking times... not too big a deal.. just make sure you test by inserting a knife into the center .. when it comes out dry.. it's done.  If the top started to get too brown... then lay a piece of foil loosely over the top.
This will serve six.... don't let the serving of the casserole fool you.. it's filling....
If you're looking for something to serve with it... toasted English muffins... biscuits or muffins... even toast.. all would be perfect and easy to serve with this.
I cut the leftovers into portions and stored them in the fridge... a quick nuke in the microwave made for another quick and easy breakfast on another day.
Try this delicious breakfast.. the family will love it.

Recipe:  Breakfast Casserole
All you need:
3 cups frozen hash browns
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup ham, small dice
2 green onions, sliced
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
4 eggs
All you need to do:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray (butter flavor preferred).
Place the frozen hash browns, shredded cheese, ham, and green onion in a large bowl.  Toss to mix completely.  Dump it into the prepared baking dish.
Wipe out the bowl.. and beat the eggs then add the evaporated milk and whisk to combine.  Pour the mixture over the ingredients in the baking dish.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out dry.  
Cut into squares and serve.

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