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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

This hearty breakfast casserole is easy to prepare and will completely satisfy with sausage, eggs, cheese, bell peppers, and a crouton base.

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My laptop computer has been on the fritz lately. More than half of the time it freezes up doing even the simplest tasks such as opening Word. (Imagine my annoyance trying to work on this post.) I’ve scanned, rescanned, and cleaned out some files but nothing has helped. Granted it is pushing 7 years old but it spent 2 of those years not connected to the internet. That had to save it a little bit right? Either way, I have a bad feeling it is on its last leg and have begun baking up all the important files. I don’t think I could handle a scare like that after my USB incident.

Anyway, I am sure what you are really interested in is this breakfast casserole. It has the works for making up my favorite kind of breakfast casserole: sausage, egg, cheese, and bell peppers. Be aware the you must prepare it the night before and takes about an hour to cook, which is unsuitable for most weekday breakfasts, but perfect for weekends, brunch or even breakfast for dinner!

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Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

As many of you may already know, Audra of The Baker Chick is bringing a little boy into the world soon. To celebrate, Lauren of Keep it Sweet Desserts organized a surprise virtual baby shower for her! SURPRISE!!! Check out the awesome lineup.

Cocktails:

Small Bites:

Desserts:

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Don’t you just love that picture of her??

When I think of of baby shower food, bite-sized items comes to mind. Little food to celebrate a little person! Super creative I know, but these wonton cups are the perfect size by using a mini muffin pan. And they are flipping delicious.

The recipe came from my friend Brandi. The first time she made them, if I had known there were olives and mushrooms involved I may have never tried them but am so very glad that I did! It’s surprising how much I enjoy these wonton cups being that they contain two things I normally put forth a large effort to avoid. I blame it on all the cheesy sausage goodness and crispy exterior.

These wonton cups are best when served immediately. If you somehow have some leftover, do not reheat in the microwave as the wontons will not be crispy. I recommend a toaster oven or regular oven.

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

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Chicken Alfredo Biscuit Casserole

When you think of an Alfredo sauce, “light” is not the first word that normally pops into your head to describe it. So when I was given a sample of Classico’s new light Alfredo pasta sauce, I’d be lying if I said I weren’t skeptical. 50% less fat at 45% fewer calories (60 cal/serving)? But aren’t fat and calories the reason why Alfredo sauce is so good to begin with? Why rob it’s characteristics?

This skeptic was proven wrong – this sauce was great. I couldn’t tell it was a lighter version at all. Granted I did not eat it by itself, but who sits down with a bowl of Alfredo for dinner? I won’t judge you if you do, because pasta is just a vehicle for sauce to get into my mouth anyway. However, this dish has no pasta at all. Instead there are buttery biscuits on top, MmMmm!! Definitely making this again, and will be looking for this light Alfredo sauce on the shelf the next time pasta sauce is on my grocery list.

CHICKEN ALFREDO BISCUIT CASSEROLE

Serves 5

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter, divided

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jar (15 oz) Classico light creamy Alfredo pasta sauce

1/4 cup milk

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1/4 tsp dried basil leaves

Salt and pepper

1 can (10 biscuits) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Cook mushrooms, onion and garlic in butter, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in Alfredo sauce, milk, chicken, broccoli, 1/4 cup Parmesan and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated and bubbly, stirring constantly. Spoon into baking dish.
  3. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half crosswise. Arrange around edge of baking dish, overlapping slightly. Drizzle biscuits with remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
(To make ahead, follow directions through step 2, using a glass baking dish. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to bake, uncover and heat in microwave until bubbly and heated throughout, stirring as needed. Then complete steps 3 and 4.)

Source: Adapted slightly from Pillsbury

Disclosure: This post is part of a Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce and I received a free sample of Classico® Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce.

Recipe also featured on All Free Casserole Recipes.

Bubble Up Pizza

Brent and I spent most of Sunday and Monday house hunting in Cape Girardeau, MO. It’s exhausting! Even though I won’t be living there, I am obviously the one who will be using the kitchen most during weekend visits, so I was all over the kitchens in every house haha. But I felt a little weird when the kids were home at one house. Don’t mind me, just a stranger snooping through your things and opening all your doors. Found a couple that we both thought were great, and one in particular tops the list. Just gotta deal with the financing now (sooo glad he’s the one buying a house and not me!).

I’m not moving there, at least not yet. I have two more years left in my PhD program in Memphis before I am set free. But Brent recently graduated, is now a bona fide PA-C, and accepted a job there working in Neurosurgery at St. Francis. It seems like a great place to work and I enjoy the town. Honeslty I think I could live there when I am done. But for now, it’s only 2.5 hours away (and 1.5 hours south of St. Louis), which is only a little further than when he was still taking classes in McKenzie, TN so I don’t think it’ll be bad. Although it will be strange not living together anymore. Who am I going to cook for!? I am going to have far too many leftovers and will talk to my cat too much… beware of the cat lady sickness!

Thankfully I made this dish while he is still here because I don’t think I could have resisted eating the entire pan had I been left to myself. Brent’s friend, Steve, was in from out of town as well so between the three of us there was absolutely no chance for leftovers. Steve proceeded to request it every meal for the duration of his stay. I thought about caving in to such a request, because it really was that good! But there are far too many other things I want to cook.

P.S. Today is Brent’s 28th birthday! A group of friends are going out to dinner tonight, and I am going to make him a fabulous dessert (which he may hate/love me for). I’ll be posting it tomorrow.

Ingredients:

2 containers refrigerated biscuit dough, 6 biscuits each (I used Pillsbury)

1 jar pizza sauce

2 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4 cup quartered Turkey pepperoni

1/4 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup chopped yellow onion

1/4 cup sliced green bell pepper

Dried Basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven as per directions on dough. With a sharp knife, divide each biscuit into 4. In a large bowl, combine diced biscuit dough, sauce, 1-1/2 cups cheese and toppings. Stir to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into greased oven safe skillet or 9├Ś13 baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top along with the dried basil. Bake according to directions on dough, checking to make sure dough is cooked through and cheese is bubbling (I baked mine for an additional 5 minutes.) Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Adapted slightly from Pass the Sushi

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