The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Christmas breakfast casserole

Hey guys! I hope y’all had a great Christmas! Ours was wonderful! 😀 We went to my husband’s son & his wife’s home for breakfast and she made a delicious casserole for us. I thought it was so good (and simple!) that I’d share the recipe with you.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1/8 c milk
  • 2 Tbl butter, divided
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 bag frozen, shredded hash browns

Beat the eggs and milk together and scramble in 1 Tbl butter. Put half the scrambled eggs in the bottom of a casserole dish and set the other half aside. Brown the sausage, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain. Put into a large bowl and set aside. Brown the hash browns in 1 Tbl butter. Mix together the cooked hash browns, cooked sausage and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Spread on top of eggs in casserole dish. Top with remaining eggs and then the remaining cheese and bake @ 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Feeds 4.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
milk – $1.78/gallon
pork sausage – $1.89
shredded cheddar – $1.98
frozen shredded hash browns – $2.29
Total – $7.30

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December 26, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -casseroles, -sausage, -vote for Foodista contest, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Kielbasa snackers

With the Superbowl right around the corner, I thought for the next few days I’d post some great party recipes. These snackers are DELICIOUS!!

What you’ll need:
1 c sweet and sour sauce or 1 (8-ounce) jar prepared sweet and sour sauce
2 cups ketchup
1 lb bacon
2 c brown sugar, packed
2 (1 lb) pkg kielbasa

Cut sausage into 1 ¼ inch slices. Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap each sausage slice with a strip of bacon and spear closed with a toothpick. Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together sweet and sour sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Pour over the top of the snackers. Bake for an additional hour, uncovered, or until the sauce has caramelized on the meat. Makes about 30 individual snackers.

Cost:
sweet & sour sauce – $1.09
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
polska kielbasa – $1.69
Total – $6.30

January 28, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -sausage, -super snacks | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tex-Mex Penne

First, I love penne pasta. It holds flavor better than any other pasta to me. Second, this is a quick and easy dinner to throw together at the last minute. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

½ bag (8 oz) penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 2 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
¾ tsp oregano
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped (optional but it does make a difference in taste to leave it out)

Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently to break up into pieces. Drain and return to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, salsa, tomatoes and oregano and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese, pasta and all but 2 Tbl cilantro. Mix well and pour into serving bowl. Top with ½ c cheese and 2 Tbl cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian sausage – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
zucchini – $1.10/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
whole kernel corn – $0.40
salsa – $1.59
diced tomatoes – $0.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $9.97

January 24, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, -sausage, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mini mushroom & sausage quiches

A whole lot of taste in a mini. It’s your choice of what type of meat to use. I like pork.

What you’ll need:

1 (8oz) roll of desired variety of breakfast sausage, crumbled
1 tsp olive oil
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
¼ c scallions
¼ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 tsp pepper
5 eggs
3 egg whites
1 c milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a muffin tin generously with non stick cooking spray. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage until it’s golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Add oil to the pan. Stir in mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden 5 – 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the bowl of sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir scallions, cheese and pepper into the sausage mixture. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Put a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup. Bake about 25 minutes or until the tops are just beginning to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Let cool. Makes 12 mini quiches.

How to…

Easily remove quiches from pan…

Place a flat pan on top of the pan of quiches and quickly flip over to remove the quiches from the pan.

Cost:
pork sausage – $1.89
mushrooms – $3.00
scallions – $2.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
milk – $3.99/gallon
Total – $9.54

December 23, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items, -how to..., -sausage, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sausage-cheese balls


Great for parties!

What you’ll need:

3 c biscuit mix
1 lb pork sausage
4 c (16 oz) shredder cheddar cheese
½ c grated parmesan cheese
½ c milk
½ tsp dried rosemary leaves, crushed
½ tsp parsley flakes
Barbecue sauce, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease pan. Mix together all ingredients except the barbecue sauce. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place in pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until brown and cooked through. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with barbecue sauce for dipping. Makes about 100 cheese balls.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
pork sausage – $1.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
parmesan cheese – $1.99
milk – $3.99/gallon
Total – $7.39

December 20, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -sausage, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment