Sunday, May 1, 2011

Freezer Cooking: Breakfast Bake

In the past, aside from making extra pancakes to freeze, the only freezer cooking I've done is dinner items.  My daughter, who will be going off to Kindergarten in the fall, has recently begun to rebel against cereal for breakfast, so I decided to experiment with some heartier options that would not take long to warm up in the mornings.

I adapted a recipe from Taste of Home: Freezer Pleasers (my absolute favorite cookbook), to make individual portions of  this breakfast bake.  I mixed up the ingredients and portioned them into muffin cups, but the recipe was written to be made in a casserole dish.

The recipe as it was written, called for a crouton crust on the bottom, and that just sounded weird and not at all breakfasty to me, so I decided to try using a baking mix for the bottom instead.  We were making biscuits for breakfast this morning, so I went ahead and whipped up a little bit extra mix for this recipe.  Spreading this into the little holes in the muffin pan was actually the hardest part.

The next part I kept pretty simple this time, but it is very versatile.  You are pretty much making a scrambled egg/omelet mixture to pour on top, so use anything you would normally use to make that.  I was making a small batch just to see how they would turn out, so this time I halved the recipe in the book.  Here is what I used:

4 eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheese
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic/onion powder)

I whisked all this together,
used a ladle to pour it into the muffin cups,
baked at 350 for about 25 minutes (I had to shorten the cooking time.  It will be 45-50 minutes for a casserole dish.)
I loosened then from the pan, let them cool a bit, and then popped the whole pan into the freezer.  I did eat one and it was good.  The biscuit sort of rose to the top and the egg sunk to the bottom, so next time I may bake just the biscuit mix a little bit first to keep that from happening, but overall I was pleased.  Once they were frozen, I popped them out of the tray and placed them into a freezer bag.

Now I can take some out and microwave them as needed.  They are a little bit smaller than I imagined, but that's a great excuse to serve it with a side of fruit.

Do you have a favorite freezer breakfast recipe?  I'd love to hear them.


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