Anyways. I love being the hostess. I love hosting dinner, lunch, wine nights, cookie nights, study parties, you name it I will host it. There is something about having all your friends and family at your house that makes things like that so special. I am definitely the Monica of my friends. While I wish I was more like Rachel from Friends, I am 100% Monica. And if you don't know who Monica is... I advise a little Netflix and Chill session for your future.
Wikipedia describes Monica as, "a very organized character with a signature Type A personality who enjoys being in charge, Monica is known for being a "neat freak" obsessed with cleanliness – especially when it comes to maintaining the impeccable condition of her apartment –neurotic, extremely obsessive-compulsive, and competitive in nature, personality traits that are exaggerated for humor and comic relief; The character is also the loudest of her friends."
A neat freak, competitive and enjoys being in charge? Oh, and I love hosting. I wish my traits were exaggerated for humor... buttttt -- don't get me wrong, I love going to my friends houses but there is something about hosting that just gets me excited.
In the last few months, a group of us have started a dinner club group where once a month (or more) we get together at someones house and eat, drink and catch up. The hostess makes the mail course and everyone else brings sides, wine, basically whatever they want. This month dinner club was at my house except it was breakfast because the Bronocs were playing (and won!).
The breakfast club ladies
Any time there is an event before 1pm, a breakfast casserole is the best dish. I knew this breakfast casserole would be perfect for our breakfast club because I could prepare it beforehand and then get to hang out with my friends instead of tending to the food the entire time.
Attention: this casserole takes 90 minutes to cook - don't be like me and forget that small detail.
Wanna know the best part about this casserole - 8 ingredients but ALL the flavor. This is the perfect thing for a lazy Christmas morning! Alright, enough chit chat, let's get to it. Oh hey, I forgot to take an after picture - whoops!
The hash-browns and the mixture. Ya gotta trust me, it turns out to be amazing!
- 24 ounces frozen potatoes - I use a frozen bag of hash browns
- salt and pepper
- 12 eggs (or up to 16 depending on how eggy you like it)
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 teaspoon season salt (the secret best ingredient!)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 cups pepper jack cheese, grated
- 2 cups (1 package) precooked jimmy dean skinless sauces, cut into bites
- Optional: cholula
- Turn oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Add the potatoes to the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then add the half and half, season salt, both cheeses and the sausage.
- Pour egg mixture over the frozen potatoes.
- If preparing ahead of time, cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- If ready, bake for 90 minutes. I cover it in foil for the first half and then take it off for the second half. I love it a little browned. Let sit for 10 minutes.
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Happy Monday Friends! Get excited for my Vail update tomorrow!