As I have said before on my blog, as much as I love to cook, I hate cooking breakfast! It takes me awhile to wake up ;-) Having guests last week I wanted to have breakfast for them without having to do too much work. I served muffins, overnight baked oatmeal, etc. but I wanted a dish that was savory, not sweet, some protein. I was looking at breakfast casserole that used potatoes (I had a bunch on-hand) most used frozen hash browns. The problem with hash browns is they are out of my budget and not as healthy as a plain old baked potato.
So I came up with this dish. I baked potatoes the day before and mixed all the other ingredients in a baking pan. I even set up my food processor the night before to grate the potatoes. In the morning I grated them skin and all, mixed the potatoes in the egg mixture and baked. (Now I do it all the night before and just bake it off in the morning).
I did not "gourmet" up this dish, I thought my in-laws would like it basic better but you could do anything. I think chilies and Monterey jack cheese would be good. I would love sun dried tomatoes, grilled artichokes hearts, lemon peel and goat cheese. What I am trying to say, is use this recipe as a start point and gussy it up.
3 baking potatoes, grated skins on, baked and chilled overnight in the fridge (see note below)
1/2 small container cottage cheese
1 cup grated cheese, I used sharp cheddar
crumbled cooked sausage or bacon
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
Night before mix all ingredients in a baking pan, (except potatoes if they are not cold). Cover with foil. In the morning if you have not grated the potatoes, do that and add to egg mixture.
Cover again and bake 350◦F 1 hour -1 1/2 hour or until egg is cooked. This sounds like a long time, but when I checked mine at one hour it was not cooked. So check in an hour and see what it is doing. Enjoy.
It is important to grate potatoes cold, if they are not cold you will have mashed potatoes. Potatoes can be baked several days ahead and kept in the fridge. I use my food processor to grate my potatoes.