Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole (Gluten-Free)

Casserole seems like such a broad term to me. It can essentially mean anything that is baked as a one-dish meal. In my mind, that consists of all of the basic food groups in one dish. Ideally that means potatoes, sausage, eggs, cheese, and some vegetables for good measure. One of my friends was mentioning how much he likes tater tot casserole. I was intrigued. I came up with a tater tot "breakfast" casserole that is perfect for any meal, any occasion. Warning, this is far from a "light" meal. Talk about gluttonous comfort food. However, it is gluten-free. That said, gluten-free is now considered healthy.... right?

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
  • Tater Tots, 1/2 package (Ore-Ida's the best!)
  • Sausage, 1 tube, 8 ounces
  • Yellow onion, small/medium, diced medium
  • Green bell, diced medium
  • Eggs, 7, lightly scrambled
  • Shredded mild cheddar cheese, 2 cups
  • Salt, pepper, oregano (optional), and cayenne (optional) to taste
  1. Bake the tater tots according to directions on package. Make sure to get them extra crispy to hold up better in the casserole. Put aside and allow to cool.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage over medium-heat. Break up and saute using a spatula. Cook until there is no more pink and is lightly browned. Keeping the grease in the skillet, transfer the cooked sausage into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in the onions into the skillet with the rendered sausage grease. Saute over medium heat with occasional stirring until the onions are transparent. At that point, add in the green peppers. Saute until just cooked, another 5-7 minutes. Add in seasonings to taste. Transfer to that bowl with the sausage and allow to cool. At this point, make sure the oven is preheated to 350F.
  4. Lightly whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Stir into large bowl with the sausage, onions, and peppers. Add in most of the shredded cheese. But save some for the top. Slowly and very gently stir in the tots. They break very easily.
  5. Lightly grease/spray a casserole dish. Turn the mix into the casserole dish. Gently level out the top and evenly cover with the remaining shredded cheese. Place in oven and cook for about 40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and allow to cook for at least 15 minutes, otherwise it will ooze too much. Enjoy this ridiculousness. Serves 10ish.
-Erin Swing
The Sensitive Epicure

This is part of Food Network's Comfort Food Feast. Check out The FN Dish.  This week we're focusing on casseroles.  On twitter, we're tagging #ComfortFoodFeast.  Here are other awesome casseroles to try out:   

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