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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Yes, yes, I’m alive.  I know, you were worried.  It’s been a hectic summer around these parts.  The Scoop is crazy-busy:

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… and we’ve been getting to hang out outside a bit…

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Oh, and I discovered geocaching

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I may be a little obsessed (username “feauxcajun”).

But, I HAVE also been cooking. I just haven’t taken the time to blog about it.  As the Scoop season winds down, I have a little more free time again.  So, I’d like to share a recipe I swiped from my cousin Manda Starr.  Well…technically from her hubs, who made it for us for Turkey Day breakfast last year.

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SUPER yummy stuff. 

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The nice thing about this is that you can compose 90% of this dish the night before, and then just add the tater tots in the morning before you bake it. 

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb ground beef or pork sausage

4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 cup chives

salt & pepper to taste

1-2 tsp turmeric (we’re on a turmeric kick lately…it’s great for you and very mild so you can add it to anything…but it IS responsible for the super-yellow color of the dish.)

2-3 cups shredded cheese (I prefer sharp cheddar, but as you can tell from the pics, we had mozzarella on-hand.)

4 eggs

2 lbs frozen tater tots

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the meat & onions in a large skillet, then drain off the excess fat.  Transfer into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Then add the cheese & bacon.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, chives, turmeric, salt & pepper, then pour over the meat & cheese.  (If you prep it the night before, here’s where you refrigerate it.)

When you’re ready to bake, heat the oven to 350F, and add the tater tots.  If you’re a free spirit, you can just toss them on top and spread ‘em around so you have good coverage.  But…if you’re a little more “A type” personality…

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(I know it seems a little anal, but it actually makes portioning really easy later on.)

Press the tots down into the mixture a little bit to get a good “crust”. Then bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the eggs are completely done.

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Makes about 8 servings.

NutriFacts:

Calories 371

  Total Fat 17.4 g

  Saturated Fat 4.2 g

  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g

  Monounsaturated Fat 2.2 g

  Cholesterol 187.0 mg

  Sodium 642.5 mg

  Potassium 433.6 mg

  Total Carbohydrate 24.2 g

  Dietary Fiber 2.0 g

  Sugars 3.5 g

  Protein 26.6 g