Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole…

Ready for a really yummy breakfast or brunch meal? This is super easy to put together and your family and friends will love it. Everyone likes tater tots, right?

I have another tater tot dinner recipe that I will post soon. That one’s good too. But how about this breakfast version for the weekend?

You just gotta make it. You will see that one of the ingredients is sour cream. I didn’t have any, but I did have some green onion dip and I used that. YUM! Ok, ready?

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

1  lb. frozen tater tots
1  1/2 cup cheddar cheese
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 lb. breakfast sausage, and/or chorizo
4 slices bacon, minced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp salt

Heat oven to 350. Cook the sausage and bacon. Drain the grease. Dump the meat mixture into a buttered baking dish. Add the frozen tots and cheese and mix together. Spread it all out evenly.

In a bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, garlic powder, salt and sour cream together. Pour it all over the sausage and tot mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.


Orange Sour Cream Scones……….

I have an orange obsession. Yep, I surely do.  I love the flavor of orange….I love the smell of oranges….I would wear an orange scented cologne if there was one. 🙂 Sometimes, I even grate some orange rind and sprinkle it on my ice cream. Then there is the combo of orange and chocolate. That’s a whole different story!

These orange scones are the best. Crumbly, moist, intensely ORANGE. They are the easiest and most perfectness of scones! Is perfectness a word? I like it.

You don’t need a mixer. You just need a bowl and a big spoon. Wait till you smell them baking away in the oven. ohhhhhhhh, my.

If you are not as into oranges as I am, by all means use lime or lemon zest. Those are good too. Yes, yes….I’ve tried those too. Or, you could leave out the citrus zest altogether and add some berries. YUM!

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Orange Sour Cream Scones

1  3/4 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
5 Tblsp butter, sliced and cold
1/4 cup sour cream
zest of 1 medium sized orange
1/2 cup orange juice

Heat oven to 400 deg.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir in the zest. Add the butter slices and using a fork or your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. Stir in the orange juice and sour cream until blended but don’t overmix!

Dump it out onto a floured surface and form it into a mound about an inch thick. Cut into 4-6 wedges. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Tops should be just lightly browned.

Optional: Once scones have cooled, drizzle with orange glaze (powdered sugar and a couple drops of orange juice)





Mixed Berry Crumble……….

 It was a beautiful sunny day and I was outside  picking berries. Ohhh, that is just not true at all.  Truth is, I picked up a bag of frozen mixed berries from the grocery store. But I wish I was picking my own berries. The problem is, I would probably be eating them as quick as I was picking. I love berries……blue berries, blackberries, boysenberries, strawberries, raspberries, huckleberries……I love them all!

I love to make homemade ice cream with berries, or to eat them just plain……or slightly sugared on top of vanilla ice cream. Dammit, I love berries. This time, I decided to make a berry crumble. I had some frozen peaches on hand, so I threw those in there too. Peaches and berries go really well together. Did you know? If you make this, you’ll find out!




Mixed Berry Crumble

Preheat oven to 350.

4 cups of frozen mixed berries
1  tsp lemon juice
1 Tblsp flour (2 Tblsp if you like a thicker filling)
1/2 cup sugar

In a bowl, toss together the berries, lemon juice, flour and sugar. Dump the mixture into a buttered 9×9 baking dish. Prepare the topping, below:

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) cut into cubes
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

In a bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugars and cinnamon. Add the butter cubes and with your fingers, smoosh the butter and dry ingredients together until it’s all crumbly. Sprinkle the topping all over the fruit mixture. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until your fruit is bubbling hot.
Serve with a big ol scoop of ice cream on the side. M-mmm-mm

You can also do this in individual baking dishes, so that everyone gets their very own dessert and they don’t have to share!