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Eggs Portugal Casserole – Make A Day Ahead!


Looking for a perfect breakfast recipe that you can make the day before you need it?  Look no further, it doesn’t matter if you serve 2 or more, here it is–Eggs Portugal is a tried and true dish that is so tasty I can’t imagine people sharing less than a 5 star rating.
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It came to my attention this morning when I noticed a friend on Facebook asking for an easy and delicious recipe for Christmas morning.  I thought of this recipe like a flash of lighting and was inspired to write this for a blog post.  This is my favorite breakfast recipe of all time, I’m sorry I didn’t post it sooner!

I’ve been married for almost twenty years and I believe we have had it for breakfast on Christmas day for 19 of the 20 years.  My mother in-law passed this down from her multiple years of making it.  Trust me, it’s a tradition in our household, and my family looks forward to it more than the Christmas dinner!

Let me add, I have altered this recipe over the years and tweaked it which has enhanced flavors and made it even simpler to prepare.  I will list different preparation options so you can suit it to your own taste and convenience.

One last thing I want to note, this can be used for everything from Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays, special occasions and every day recipes when you just want to take breakfast up a notch.

Recipe posted below.  You can print it or share it.  Don’t forget to add it to your Pinterest account!

Make ahead breakfast casserole Eggs Portugal.
Eggs Portugal (Neverfail Breakfast Casserole)
Print Recipe
Egg, Sausage, and cheese casserole dish. Make one day in advance and pop it in the oven the next morning!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 24 hours
Make ahead breakfast casserole Eggs Portugal.
Eggs Portugal (Neverfail Breakfast Casserole)
Print Recipe
Egg, Sausage, and cheese casserole dish. Make one day in advance and pop it in the oven the next morning!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 24 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Bread, Cheese and Sausage
  1. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with non stick spray. Cut crust off of bread and discard. (I give mine to my chickens) Cut the bread into cubes and layer evenly on the bottom of the pan. Layer cheese and cooked sausage.
Eggs, Milk, Mustard
  1. Beat together eggs, milk and mustard. Pour over the bread, cheese and sausage. Cover and refrigerate over night for maximum absorption.
    Sausage, Cheese, Bread, Eggs and Milk. Eggs Portugal Breakfast Casserole.
Cream of Mushroom Soup, Wine and Mushrooms
  1. The next morning. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend soup and wine with mushrooms. If it's easier you can put the mushrooms right over the egg mixture and spread the wine and soup mixture over the top.
  2. Place in the oven for 1 hour until bubbly. I usually cover mine for half of the cooking time and remove it to let it cook faster towards the end.Take it out of the oven and allow it to set-up for 10 to 15 minutes. This step is important so it sets-up.
Recipe Notes

If you like the recipe as is, go for it and start cooking; otherwise I have some helpful tips and recipe variations listed below.  Happy cooking!

Tips:

  1.  It's a good idea to place a cookie sheet underneath the 9 X 13 dish to collect anything that may spill over.
  2. You can substitute fresh mushrooms for canned.  I prefer fresh as they have much more flavor; however canned mushrooms work in a pinch.
  3. Some people use Vermouth instead of a white wine.  Personally, I have white wine available for cooking all the time.  It's much easier and tastes great.  The alcohol content does cook out while it bakes if you are worried about little ones eating this.  It doesn't taste like alcohol, but it does help enhance a more bold flavor in the dish overall.  You could skip this ingredient but I don't encourage it, especially since it's such a small amount.
  4. Precooked sausage is easy and I have used it many times when I was in a hurry.  However, it's much better cooking your own, and you can cook this up a couple of days ahead of time.
  5. The original recipe only called for 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup.  I changed it to two as it gives it more moisture and also brought out more flavor.  If you only have 1 can on hand, you will be fine; however, 2 is much better.  The kids love it too!
  6. If someone doesn't like mustard, you can't taste it.  Nobody will notice if you use it unless you have allergies.
  7. All ingredients blended together make a nice combination, so no one single ingredient will over power the others which is why I love this recipe so much.

Variations:

  1. You can add onions, red or green peppers.  I personally do not.  My kids are not huge fans and this has enough going on in it anyways, but if you want more fresh vegetables, go for it.  The origins of this recipe from what I understand did include other fresh veggies.
  2. BACON!  BACON!  BACON!  Who doesn't love bacon!  You can add fresh bacon for bacon lovers.  If you have a house divided, why not use half bacon and half sausage?  I haven't tried it yet that way, so if you do please let me know how you like it!

 

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Artichoke Dip – Mayonnaise Base

Hot Artichoke Dip

Hot Artichoke Dip

I can’t explain how or when this became one of my family’s favorite go to recipes.  It was an instant hit from the first day it was presented.  I can’t remember if it was Christmas, Easter or just for the heck of it.  But on that day, our noses and mouths actually said out loud, “thank you”!  😉  Believe me, when you get a whiff of this warm and mouth watering goodness your life will forever be changed.  Since that happy day, it became a great go to appetizer for any gathering.  It’s fast, easy, smells fantastic and is super tasty! What makes this recipe so much better you ask?  Mayonnaise! How is this possible?  Traditionally most Artichoke Recipes call for sour cream.  Sour Cream is amazing and has a great robust flavor on its own but is not useful with this particular combination of ingredients. Using mayonnaise instead allows the other ingredients to shine.  The result is a beautiful blend of flavors.  It also holds well together to stuff mushrooms. This is so easy to make and takes only 5 to 6 ingredients depending on your preferences.

Artichoke Dip - Mayonnaise Base
Print Recipe
Warm Mouth Watering Artichoke Dip. This is the recipe that everyone will ask for or compliment!
Servings
8 people 1 Dish
Servings
8 people 1 Dish
Artichoke Dip - Mayonnaise Base
Print Recipe
Warm Mouth Watering Artichoke Dip. This is the recipe that everyone will ask for or compliment!
Servings
8 people 1 Dish
Servings
8 people 1 Dish
Ingredients
Servings: 1 Dish
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix altogether in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Spread in a 9 X 13 Baking Dish.
  4. Bake in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes until brown and bubbly in the center. (I prefer a little longer cooking time to help the flavors meld. For larger batches I have cooked up to almost a hour.)
  5. I serve this with Tostitos Lime Chips! YUMMY!!!
Recipe Notes

An alternative way to serve this: Prepare as listed but omit mushrooms. Use Giant Mushroom Caps without the core and stuff it with the filling. Cook the same as the recipe dictates.

Please let it sit for a few minutes before serving or you will burn your mouth. Trust me...I know!!

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