Bringing Dinner to the Breakfast Table

Breakfast has long been championed as the "most important meal of the day," but that doesn't mean it has to be the most boring one. Too often we think of breakfast as the usual turgid affair of a bowl of...

Breakfast has long been championed as the "most important meal of the day," but that doesn't mean it has to be the most boring one. Too often we think of breakfast as the usual turgid affair of a bowl of oatmeal and some fruit.  If we are feeling up to it and have the time, we might make some eggs, bacon, or sausage to grace our morning plates. Breakfast doesn't just have to stick to the things that we've seen before in order for it to feel like breakfast though.  You've heard of Brinner, or breakfast for dinner, now it's time for Dinfast!  Dinner for breakfast!  Here are a couple of ideas to inspire you to change your breakfast blahs into dinner-like hurrahs.

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza

Why not have a small slice of something awesome in the morning?  Pizza for breakfast!  Now, we're not talking about using toppings like mushroom and pepperoni, but rather top it with some of those things you would normally have for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (homemade or from a pre-made refrigerated tin)
  • 1/2 cup of sausage gravy
  • 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese
  • crumbled pre-cooked bacon
  • some slices of green pepper
  • some slices of yellow onion.  

Directions:

  1. First, roll out some pizza dough on a pizza baking stone.
  2. Top it sausage gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, and the slices of green pepper and yellow onion.  
  3. Pop it into the oven on your baking stone and follow the baking directions for your pizza crust.  
  4. Remove and cut into slices with a pizza scissor or cutter.

When it's done, you'll find yourself dining on a tasty and filling morning meal.  Not really a pizza person?  How about a casserole instead?

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast Casserole

We already turn our some of our dinners into casserole dishes, why not give it a shot at breakfast-time as well?

Ingredients:

  • a dozen eggs
  • sausage
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • a dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of bell pepper
  • quarter cup of your favorite shredded cheese  
  • cheese for topping
  • precooked bacon
  • (optional) croissant dough

Directions:

  1. Grab your favorite baking dish and use a bit of cooking spray to start. 
  2. If you want a breaded crust on the bottom, consider grabbing one of those refrigerated croissant tubes and using it to form the bottom layer of your casserole.  (Remember though if you do this, you will need to adjust your cooking time so as to cook the eggs while not burning the pastry bottom.)
  3. Cut up sausage, onion and bell pepper, and beat the eggs.
  4. Mix the eggs, sausage, onion, bell pepper, milk, cheese and salt and pepper together.
  5. Pour the mixture in the baking dish.
  6. Bake for ten minutes in a 350 degree oven.
  7. Briefly remove the baking dish and top the mixture with some precooked bacon (evenly spaced) and enough cheese to form a bit of a crust on top.  
  8. Place the dish back into the oven for 10 more minutes or just until the cheese is browned and the eggs have begun to firm up.  
  9. Remove and enjoy!

Although these are just a couple of ideas, we hope that they have inspired you to rethink the breakfast table. The breakfast pizza and casserole are also a great way to use leftover vegetables. They aren't strict recipes, feel like adding an egg and  spinach to a breakfast pizza? Go ahead!  Remember, whether you're staring at pancake mix or a couple of cartons of eggs, just because it's early doesn't mean it has to be boring. Next breakfast you could be having pancake pasta or oatmeal tacos.  Happy Eating!

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