Starting the New Year trying a new breakfast/brunch recipe for the Alexandria Casserole
After watching Paula Deen videos on holiday meals I decided to try (my very first time making a breakfast casserole). I like the idea of a one pot dish and know how to adapt it. I made it my style: dairy-free, meat-free and gluten-free. It is OUTRAGEOUSLY yum!!! Give it a try!
2 cups of homemade Cashew Ricotta cheese – recipe to follow soon
12 oz bag of Tater tots – enough potato to line the bottom of the casserole dish
2-3 Large Italian sausage – I used two Beyond Meat
3 Extra large eggs (I used the egg whites only) – the original recipe calls for 6-8 regular eggs
2 cups of Almond Milk ( or any plant based Milk)
1 cup of any Vegan shredded cheese
6 – 8 oz frozen Spinach (thawed)
2T dried Onion flakes
1-2 t Garlic powder/fresh (depending on your taste)
1.5 t Kosher Salt (or to taste)
Fresh Black pepper (to taste)
1. In the food processors add all of these ingredients: Ricotta mixture, thawed Spinach, 3 egg whites (or whole eggs if you prefer) Almond Milk, dried Onion flakes, Garlic (fresh/powdered) Salt & Pepper.
2. Sautee the Italian sausages in a pan on medium flame, break up the links and cook for a few minutes…the rest will cook when ready to bake.
3. Liberally spray the casserole dish – I used an 9×12 but could have easily done two smaller ones.
4. Line the bottom of the casserole dish with any brand of potatoes. I used tater tots… any variety/brand of potato, shredded/diced/sliced/fries would work as well.
5. Add a layer of the Italian sausage
6. Pour the Cashew mix over the top of the sausage
7. Scatter all of the shredded cheese and using a spatula smooth over to cover the entire mixture
8. Cover the casserole with Saran wrap and place in the refrigeraror overnight.
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour
Update: hubby says “it was worth the wait!”
I look forward to the day I could make this for a large Brunch, for friends…. I’m calling it the Alexandria Casserole.
Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!!