Breakfast of Champions
As most nutritionists tell us, it’s important to have some protein in the morning. The carbohydrates found in the cereals and breads and fruit that many of us eat for breakfast provide an energy that lasts until mid-morning at best. That spells trouble for school children, who need to keep their attention focused until lunchtime when they can re-fuel.
Several years ago, my Dear Friend passed along this make-ahead recipe for a quick and tasty breakfast that’s perfect for hectic weekday mornings. It’s a great dish for making ahead for a company breakfast, too. And I once made 120 of these little gems for a ladies’ brunch!
You’ll need only three ingredients: a pound of ground sausage, hot or mild, depending on your family’s preference; a dozen eggs; and a cup of sharp cheddar cheese, grated. Also, prepare muffin tins with Pam spray, or similar. This recipe makes 18 servings. Crumble the sausage and brown it in a skillet. Drain on paper towels. Next, break the dozen eggs and whisk together until well blended. Add the grated cheese and drained sausage to the eggs and mix well. No seasoning is needed because of the sausage seasoning. If you want to make these a little more sophisticated, create your own cheese blend (half mozarella, half cheddar works well) and add some chopped parsley.
Serve immediately, or (and here’s the best part), allow to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. On busy mornings, simply warm the muffins in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds, and you have a hot and hearty breakfast that’s perfect with a piece of fruit or even with a bowl of cereal for those with high school boy-sized appetites.
Middle’s high school lacrosse career officially begins tomorrow. Finally. I say finally because conditioning began in October. Pre-season practice in November. Then the broken foot and limited conditioning until January. Then real practice, and now, here we are at the beginning of the season. It’s a big deal; our school has won the state championship the past three years. Middle wants to be a part of that; here’s hoping his breakfast will get him off to a great start.
Do you have any breakfast favorites?