It is a common occurrence when I am entertaining — I’ve got a house full of guests and I know they are all going to wake up hungry. Most of them are eager to go out to supper, and we usually pick up lunch when we are out sightseeing. Breakfast, however, is the most important meal of the day, and I like to serve something homemade before leaving the house. My Southwest Breakfast Casserole is an easy way to feed a crowd because you prepare it the night before and merely pop it in the oven the following morning.
What’s a Southern girl doing making a Southwestern dish, you might ask. Well, I took a simple family breakfast casserole recipe and put in my own spicy attitude. I have not always been a fan of spicy foods, but as I get older I crave the heat from jalapenos and chili powder. I developed this a few years ago when I had just moved to the coast and it seemed we had guests every weekend. I wanted to make a breakfast casserole for my guests but I wanted to kick it up a notch. As I was searching my kitchen, I noticed I had black beans and corn in the pantry and salsa and sour cream in the refrigerator. “Southwest,” I said to myself. My guests were very pleased — and seemingly surprised — by my breakfast creation.
If you are not a big fan of spicy then you can certainly use regular sausage instead of hot and you can omit the chili powder and jalapenos. Try substituting garlic powder and green peppers for a non-spicy version of the same casserole. This is a very healthy breakfast providing ample protein, fiber and iron. The unhealthiest parts of this dish are the pork sausage and cheese. If you are concerned with your daily fat intake, you can substitute turkey sausage or low-fat cheese.
If you are looking for a little something different to serve a hungry crowd for breakfast, I hope you’ll try this. It will warm you right up on a cold morning and provide the energy you need to get you through a fun-filled day with friends and family. Enjoy!