Friday, November 15, 2013

Tater-Tot Breakfast Quiche

I love to make this for any meal of the day, and the left overs (if there are any) are great!
It's great for taking to that family holiday breakfast.
It's easy, filling and delicious!

Lets get started!

I used a 9x13 baking dish (you can down size to a 9x9 for a 2-3 people, or go bigger, if you have a larger number of people! I have a 10x15 commercial pan I use for those family potluck meals!)

Put a single layer of tater-tots in the bottom of the pan and put that in the oven to bake. Pre-crisping the tots helps keep them from being a totally mushy mess in your end meal.

While the tots are cooking, brown up a pound of whatever meat you are going to use ... I used breakfast sausage this time, but chicken, hamburger, seafood and ham all work great too!

3-4 cups total of various chopped veggies:

I used swiss chard, all the colors of bell peppers, garlic, red onion, mushrooms, and tomato. I prefer adding leafy greens, spinach is great, kale would work. Zucchini is ok, but gets really soft and squishy. It is a high moisture content veggie, and may add too much water to your overall finished product. Broccoli cut in tiny flourettes would be fun! Use your favorites, and lots of colors! Other options: olives, green onion, sun dried tomato ...

Shred 2 cups of cheese. Less for the smaller pan and more for the bigger! The idea is to have enough to cover your ingredients about as thoroughly as you would for a pizza. Swiss cheese is great with ham, and makes a fun Easter breakfast! 2 cups of feta would be a LOT, but combined with other cheeses would be nice!

Mix 8 eggs and enough milk to make 4 cups. Again, less for the smaller and more for the larger ...
Remove the pan with the now cooked tots from the oven, and place on a hot pad close to where all of your prepped ingredients are. Evenly spread the meat over the tots.
Start arranging your beautiful colors!
More colors please!
It's like ART! So beautiful!
Add the cheese and then pour the egg mixture over the top.
Place your creation in the center of the hot oven ...
375 degrees is about right ...
Takes about 40 minutes or so ... But when the cheese is all bubbly and starting to brown, and get that amazing crustiness along the edges, its DONE! Take it out and let it set for a few minutes before cutting and serving!

Serve it with apple sauce, or fruit slices. A salad for dinner. Rootbeer. Whatever ... LOL And save enough left overs for breakfast!

Try it out and share with us about your variations, and how your family enjoyed it!
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