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.IMG_3445 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.

IMG_2038 Using a quarter cup dry measuring cup, spoon the mixture into the muffin cups.

IMG_3446 Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool slightly before removing from pan.  (I usually run a table knife around the edge of each muffin cup before inverting the pan.)

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.IMG_3448

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?


  1. I must try this. Maybe this weekend. Looks so good!!

  2. I've been reading your lovely blog for a while now and have truly loved it, but this post makes me bow down at your feet! lol It is common knowledge in my family that breakfast is not my favorite meal (I just can't stand the smells so early in the morning). My children have been deprived of a good breakfast for years and know that they must wait until the weekend when my husband cooks. (I know, I should be ashamed of myself, but I'm sure it puts them off breakfast when I'm gagging over a pan of scrambled eggs at 6:30 in the morning) This recipe is sure to redeem me in my children's eyes and for that I am eternally grateful.

    P.S. I do send them off to school with healthy snacks to help with the mid-morning slump. (Wouldn't want you to think I'm a totally slacker lol )

  3. YEAH! This is something I will definately incorporate into our lives! I've tried actually buying some of those BOB EVANS already made breakfast sandwiches, but they get pricey. I can't wait to make a batch!

    As for our breakfast of champions, I've perfected the "SMOOTHIE".....
    Pull out the magic bullet
    Add a 1/2 cup of yogurt
    Add a banana
    Add 2 TBLS of Peanut Butter
    Add a packet of Instant Breakfast
    Add crushed ice and milk to fill.

    BLEND......YUMMY and FULL of good stuff! your son in a FRAT? Mine is NOT and having a tough time finding things to do!

  4. Thank you for this recipe. I've been looking for ways to incorporate more protein into our breakfasts. I'm not at my best in the morning. This should be easy, once I make and store the little egg cakes. Merci beaucoup!

  5. These look great! I am always looking for something like, this and love small individual anything..these able to be made ahead of time is a double treat. Looks really really good and I think I may have to try these next weekend for when I have houseguests! Thank you...

  6. brilliant recipe! thank you so much. i found another
    quick one from an australian blogger.

    butter 12 pieces of whole grain bread and smash
    into muffin tins. break an egg into each w/salt &
    pepper. top with bacon pieces or cooked sausage.

    bake @ 350 for 20 minutes

  7. That recipe sounds perfect for hectic weekday mornings!

  8. These would be perfect for Christopher!!!

  9. I have got to try these! I am not a big fan of eggs, but I do love breakfast casseroles! Looks yummy!

  10. Great recipe! What temperature do you bake these at?

  11. I am copying this one down right now and think I will make up a batch in the morning! It sounds perfect for my boys.

    Ah, you are lucky to have lacrosse. My oldest son (who is 14) would love to have a team here. Unfortunately, the closest for him is at the beach and not practical with he other activities. He loves lacrosse, though. I suppose he will only be doing golf and football this year (he chose to not go out for baseball for the 1st time ever and is concentrating on golf).

    Happy Sunday and thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  12. So sorry I left off the baking temperature--350 will do the trick!

  13. YUM, YUM, YUM! These look awesome and pretty easy, so I think I'll try them! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Going to try these for tomorrow's breakfast! J is home sick today, so I think I may whip these up and refrigerate...


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