Make Ahead Christmas Morning Casserole (repost)

My Daughter and I- Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole- Click through for full recipe!

This casserole is delicious and so easy. It is also our most popular recipe EVER! While we’ve always loved it, in the past I would only make it for Christmas morning. However, I have started making a bit more often since it is so good and easy. Jordan made it for her early morning Bible study and we even made it this year for Thanksgiving morning. For Thanksgiving we added cooked Italian chorizo sausage instead of bacon- it was a bit spicy and delicious. Below is the original post – I hope you like it as much as we do.

If you end up making this recipe, we’d love to know about it. Take a picture and post it on Instagram and tag us @mydaughterandi and include the hashtag #mydaughterandiblog so we can see your wonderful creations!

My Daughter and I- Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole- Click through for full recipe! 1

 

In case you are planning your Christmas menu, I thought now would be a great time to share this recipe with you.  I started making this recipe for our family probably 15 years ago.  With three small children wanting to open gifts and play with toys and two hungry adults wanting to enjoy a nice breakfast, this was the perfect solution.  I’m really not sure where I got the recipe, but we all love it.

You make this dish the day/night before and put it in the refrigerator.  It is cooked the next day, so it is simple if you’re expecting guests or you are busy opening presents! We serve ours with cinnamon rolls and fruit.  This year I am going to make these shortcut cinnamon rolls.

I love to set the table for Christmas morning during the day on Christmas Eve, so everything is all set and looking festive on Christmas morning.

This past weekend we were going on a family hike before church on Sunday, so on Saturday I decided to make this dish.  It was weird because I normally ONLY make this dish on Christmas.  It was delicious and perfect to have ready when we got home from our hike and it made me wonder why I don’t make this recipe more often.

My Daughter and I- Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole- Click through for full recipe! 2

 

Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

4 cups of shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
10 eggs
8 pieces of cooked bacon,chopped
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/3 milk
4or 5 green onions, chopped
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of additional shredded cheese for top of casserole

Mix all the ingredients together except the 1/2 cup of cheese. Pour into a greased 9×13″ pan. Top with the shredded cheese. Cover and put into refrigerator overnight. Let sit on counter for 5 to 10 minutes and then bake uncovered at 325* for about 45 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

Cindy

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Make Ahead Christmas Morning Casserole

My Daughter and I- Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole- Click through for full recipe!

This casserole is delicious and so easy. It is also our most popular recipe EVER! While we’ve always loved it, in the past I would only make it for Christmas morning. However, I have started making a bit more often since it is so good and easy. Jordan made it for her early morning Bible study and we even made it this year for Thanksgiving morning. For Thanksgiving we added cooked Italian chorizo sausage instead of bacon- it was a bit spicy and delicious. Below is the original post – I hope you like it as much as we do.

If you end up making this recipe, we’d love to know about it. Take a picture and post it on Instagram and tag us @mydaughterandi and include the hashtag #mydaughterandiblog so we can see your wonderful creations!

My Daughter and I- Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole- Click through for full recipe! 1

 

In case you are planning your Christmas menu, I thought now would be a great time to share this recipe with you.  I started making this recipe for our family probably 15 years ago.  With three small children wanting to open gifts and play with toys and two hungry adults wanting to enjoy a nice breakfast, this was the perfect solution.  I’m really not sure where I got the recipe, but we all love it.

You make this dish the day/night before and put it in the refrigerator.  It is cooked the next day, so it is simple if you’re expecting guests or you are busy opening presents! We serve ours with cinnamon rolls and fruit.  This year I am going to make these shortcut cinnamon rolls.

I love to set the table for Christmas morning during the day on Christmas Eve, so everything is all set and looking festive on Christmas morning.

This past weekend we were going on a family hike before church on Sunday, so on Saturday I decided to make this dish.  It was weird because I normally ONLY make this dish on Christmas.  It was delicious and perfect to have ready when we got home from our hike and it made me wonder why I don’t make this recipe more often.

My Daughter and I- Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole- Click through for full recipe! 2

 

Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

4 cups of shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
10 eggs
8 pieces of cooked bacon,chopped
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/3 milk
4or 5 green onions, chopped
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of additional shredded cheese for top of casserole

Mix all the ingredients together except the 1/2 cup of cheese. Pour into a greased 9×13″ pan. Top with the shredded cheese. Cover and put into refrigerator overnight. Let sit on counter for 5 to 10 minutes and then bake uncovered at 325* for about 45 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

Cindy

{More} Cinnamon Rolls

My Daughter and I- More Cinnamon Rolls

If my memory serves me, this is our third cinnamon roll recipe. We posted our old favorite, homemade cinnamon rolls and then we shared our recipe for yummy, super quick, shortcut rolls. And now, another delicious cinnamon roll recipe coming your way!

Clearly, we love homemade cinnamon rolls around here- we’re always on the hunt for the perfect recipe!

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{More} Cinnamon Rolls

 
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup milk (heated approximately 1 minute in microwave)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature and beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 cups bread flour
3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

Cinnamon Filling (see recipe below)
1/2 cup butter, melted or softened
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Soften the butter; set aside. In a bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon; stir in chopped nuts (optional). NOTE: I like to sift the brown sugar and cinnamon together to remove any lumps.

Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Small shake of cinnamon, more or less to taste

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and mix until creamy. Frost the still warm cinnamon rolls or refrigerate until you’re ready to use. If you make ahead and refrigerate the frosting, allow it to come to room temperature for easier spreading.

Directions: I made my dough in my stand mixer. It made it very simple. No kneading necessary. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in the order given except the Cinnamon Filling and the Butter Frosting. Using the paddle attachment, mix everything together until a soft dough starts to form.

Check the dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time). If you can’t judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch.

Change to your dough hook and knead in the mixer for 8 to 10 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour. I put the bowl into my oven that I have slightly heated and then turned off.

Butter a jelly roll pan; set aside or a large cookie sheet with edges. I prefer the larger size to allow the cinnamon rolls to expand.

After dough has risen, using your rolling pin, roll and stretch the dough into approximately a 15 x 24-inch rectangle.

Brush the 1/2 cup softened butter (listed below in the Cinnamon Filling) over the top of the dough with a rubber spatula or a pastry brush. Sprinkle Cinnamon Filling over the butter on the prepared dough. Starting with long edge, roll up dough; pinch seams to seal. NOTE: Rolling the log too tightly will result in cinnamon rolls whose centers pop up above the rest of them as they bake.

With a knife, lightly mark roll into 1 1/2-inch section. Use a sharp knife (I like to use a serrated knife and saw very gently). Place cut side up in prepared baking pan, flattening them only slightly. The unbaked cinnamon rolls should not touch each other before rising and baking. Do not pack the unbaked cinnamon rolls together.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size (after rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes in a regular oven until they are a light golden brown. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature should be between 190 and 200 degrees.

Frost while still warm with the cream cheese frosting listed above.

Cindy