Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Creole Brunch Casserole w/ Bacon-Cheese Grits

We often eat our main meal at noon, here in Cajun country, and I just love to have a good brunch buffet on the weekends. Here are a few of my faves that I love to serve my family and guests. My Creole Brunch Casserole combines spicy sausage,  peppers, and cheese, and transforms an ordinary breakfast dish into a delectable brunch treat.  And the cheese grits are scrumptious and compliment it perfectly.  I also like to serve these with Mama's Cornmeal Biscuits and a batch of Cajun Bloody Marys. Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

Creole Brunch Casserole

2 links Andouille sausage, sliced
1/2 cup red onions, chopped
1/4 cup each green and red bell peppers, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, sliced thin
1/4 cup jalapenos, seeded and chopped
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
4 slices French bread or 2 large croissants, torn into pieces
1 large Creole tomato, diced
1 tsp. Creole seasoning
Salt and Tabasco to taste
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

In large skillet, saute the sausage, onions and peppers, for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, seasoning, and parsley together, and set aside. Arrange torn bread in bottom of a buttered baking dish. Layer the sausage-veggie mixture over the bread layer. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and sausage-veggie mixture. Top with the diced tomatoes, then the cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until lightly browned. Serves 6 Divine!



Easy Bacon-Cheese Grits

1 cup regular grits
2 cups water
1 cup milk
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups cheddar/monterey jack cheese blend, shredded
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp.Tabasco
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
1/2 cup chopped green onions, optional

In 4 quart saucepan, bring water to a boil and add salt and grits.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter, until combined.


Stir in half the cheese and bacon, and the green onions, and mix well. Whisk the egg and milk mixture and Tabasco into the grits and whisk quickly until well combined. Spoon into a well greased 9 x13 baking pan. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese melts. Serves 6  Fab! Enjoy

Mama's Cornmeal Biscuits (click here for recipe)















Cajun Bloody Marys (click here for recipe)

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42 comments:

misti said...

Oh my...brunch/breakfast amight be my favorite! And these look sooo good!

California Girl said...

Marguerite: did I tell you I'm visiting New Orleans in Oct? 6 of my oldest (literally) friends and I are flying in to spend 4 days celebrating our (ahem) 60th b-day year. We are sooo looking fwd to it. I will be asking for Garden District & French Qrtr dining recommendations from you. They don't all have to be fancee either. My favorites, from three previous trips are: Arnaud's, Gallatoire's (SP?), a hold in the wall owned by Paul Prudhomme which I don't recall the name, Antoine's, Brennan's and many drinking establishments. I've never eaten at Commander's Palace but I bet it's still awesome. No nouveau cuisine. Just good French, Creole & Cajun fare. Love the Cafe du Monde too. I mean, who can resist chicory coffee & beignets?

Down the road and I'll email.

Your brunch entree, andouille sausage, egg, bread looks awesome.

Renee said...

I found your blog a few months ago and I just have to say that your recipes are fantastic! My family and I have loved everyone that we've done. I can't wait to make this one. Thanks for all the great recipes!

Sunray Gardens said...

Those dishes really look good. My main meal is always a late lunch and I like breakfast foods sometimes. Thanks.
Cher Sunray Gardens

judi said...

drooling, really drooling.

This all looks so good.. do you have an out door kitchen... then how the heck do you cook in that heat???

I'd be living on salads and boiled shrimp... and a few blended libations.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Sure beats the pants off a bag of crisps, any day! LOL
Yet another mouth watering creation - wish I was there to 'tuck in' and enjoy with a Cajun bloody Mary! LOL

A Kitchen Witch said...

Hello, Breakfast! Looks like another recipe to try. I made your Choc. Chip Pecan Cake (and blog about it & you in my post) and tried your Cream of Crab soup & Crab Cakes which made for a scrumptious dinner. Thanks for all the yummy ideas. Keep 'em comin' ; )

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You making me HUNGRY again!!


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Foodness Gracious said...

Mmmm awesome! I love eggy baked things.
Thanks for sharing..

Kat said...

We also have our meal of the weekend around noon, and this would be perfect for that! Thanks. You are the best go to gal for a great meal.

Drick said...

hold on woman, I am on my way for weekend brunch....
now I thought I made a pretty mean strata but this one is out of sight... and ya gotta love bacon cheese onion on top of bacon cheese onion grits...

sussah said...

Yum! You are very talented. thanks, sp

Mona said...

thank you Marguerite for visiting and helping me out! :-) I am sharing at Miz Helen's now . I love your food and need to get in the kitchen and cook it..makes me so hungry..your blog is amazing..

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Hi,there. Thanks for passing by and participating in Monday Mingle at ToughCookieMommy.com. Hopefully, I will see you back every Monday. I am now following via GFC and would love to add you to my followers too.

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KB and Whitesnake said...

They all look fantastic.

Allison said...

This is a dream brunch menu for me. Wow.

Belinda said...

That look so good its making my mouth water.
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Marguerite said...

Misti- So good to hear from you, cher! Thanks, I'm glad you like them and hope you give them a try. Thanks for stopping by!

Cal Girl- Sounds like quite a party! For authentic Cajun food and music, I like Mulate's and Cajun Cabin. Landry's Seafood is also fab! I will email some others soon. Thanks, hope you try them!

Renee- Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for trying my recipes! I am thrilled that you and your family enjoyed them! You're so welcome!

SG- Thanks, so glad you like them! They are all fab and I hope you try them! You're welcome and thanks for coming by!

Judi- Thanks, cher, my pleasure to make you drool! :) It's been too hot for grilling, lately, so I do eat a lot of salads, boiled shrimp, and cold drinks, but once or twice a week, I crank up the AC and cook a big meal.

Eddie- LOL, you and those crisps! Merci, cher! Wish you were here, too, but at least you can make the Bloody Mary! LOL Cheers!

nanny said...

Grits....oh how I love them!
Mother always cooked a big lunch then we ate leftovers or a sandwich at night.

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE, Love this! I'll be right over...have one of those bloody mary's ready, ok?

xo
Pat

Krafty Max Originals said...

YUMMMMMIE!!!

Hop'pin by from 'Boost my Blog Friday Hop'. I'm following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

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Emily said...

hi! This looks amazing! I would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday Party...
http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/
Hope to see you and your tasty goodness next week.

Patti said...

Looks sooo good. I could use a little inspiration in the kitchen.

Good Girl Gone Green said...

That bloody mary does look tasty!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Margurite,
This is a great breakfast casserole. I just love all those cajun seasons that will really give it some great flavor. The next time I have a crowd for breakfast this is what they are having. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
See you soon,
Miz Helen

Marlee said...

Wow this looks super good! I'll have to try it, thanks for posting! Great blog, am a new follower :).

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Marguerite said...

KW- Wow, thanks so much for trying all the recipes and for posting about the cake! So glad that ya'll enjoyed them! You're so welcome!

April- Thanks for your cute comment and for stopping by! I could use a blog makeover, for sure. Thanks for the invitation, too! I will!

Cloudia- I'll take that as a compliment! :) Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend, cher!

FG- Thanks, so glad you like it and hope you try it! You're welcome!

Kat- Merci for the nice compliments, cher. They're all fab and I hope you try them! Happy weekend!

Drick- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! The door is always open for you! You're right, you can never have too much bacon, cheese, and onions! lol

Mama.Mommy.Mom. said...

This looks AMAZING! It's going on my list for vacation breakfasts next week.

Pam said...

OMG!!! This is a to die for breakfast/brunch if I ever saw one. All my favorite foods rolled up into one fantastic meal! And then wash it down with a spicy Cajun Bloody Mary. That is living the good life for sure!

Velva said...

I know some friends and family who would really enjoy this spicy breakfast casserole. I have been learning to incorporate andouille sausage in more of my dishes.

Velva

The Gypsy Mom said...

I am so excited to be following you! I am subscribed via GF and via email....I LOVE to cook AND I am also a Cajun girl trying to desperately return to my roots. My family is from LA (father's family is from French Settlement and mother's is from New Orleans). I was born in NOLA and lived there until I was 7 and then we lived in Lafayette for the next 5 years. When my family moved to the MS Gulf Coast while I was in middle school, my new friends had a hard time deciphering my "cajun talk" but I guess I outgrew that after a few years there. I have been doing lots of research on family history and teaching my kids about their heritage....now I can include a daily Cajun Meal as well!!!

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Erin @ Cooking on Whim said...

I am a new follower! Check out & follow my blog-- I am fairly new to this!

I love your recipes. I have a friend who recently moved back home after living in Baton Rouge for a little while. I will be using some of your recipes-- he always wants authentic cajun food!

Lizzy said...

Oh, this sounds like such a delicious, spicy breakfast entree...I'll have to make it next time my dad comes to visit :)

Lori said...

New follower from the Sunday Hop!

Cajun myself! Glad to have found you and all of the delish recipes, wow.

Lori

Marguerite said...

sussah- Thanks for the sweet compliment and for stopping by, cher! You're welcome! Have a great week!

Mona- Great, thought you would like it there and you're welcome. Thanks so much for your nice comment and for coming by!

TCM- Hi and welcome! I will, and you're welcome. Thanks for following! I thought that I was already a follower, but I'll check again. (currently not on Facebook)

KB- Thanks, glad you like them! Thanks for hosting the party, too!

Allison- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for coming by!

Belinda- Hi and welcome! Thanks and thanks a lot for coming by and for following! I'm following you now, too!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am definitely making this Saturday morning!

Pat Tillett said...

I was going to have waffles this morning. Now I'm thinking it's not going to be good enough. You've inspired me to take a trip to the store and try this one out.
Thanks...

Magic of Spice said...

I love brunch! And this is one hearty dish, full of flavor! And I could go for one of those Cajun Bloody Mary right about now :)

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I'd like to invite you back this week.
Thanks,
I hope to see you again!

Camille said...

AMAZING!! This sounds SO DELICIOUS! You never cease to amaze me. I love reading your blog and your amazing recipes! :) Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Link Party every Saturday! We would love to have you come back tomorrow and link up some more amazing stuff! :)
Camille @
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Nicole said...

This looks so good!