Let’s Get Cookin’ Thursday: “Make Memories” – Holiday Morning Casserole and Bunny Rolls

Life is busy. Having family dinners are rare and family breakfasts are even more so. Holidays offer a great time for families to start their day together before all of the festivities begin. It is a wonderful time to start a family tradition and make memories.

Breakfast is a good time to discuss the meaning of that particular holiday with your family. Ask children what Easter means to them. Will their answers be Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets filled with goodies? Will they know the true meaning of it that we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection. You might be surprised. Take time to read scripture about the holiday. Maybe share memories from your past. Use special dishes instead of paper plates.

It is easy to make little bunnies out of yeast roll dough or angel biscuit dough. Start with a ball, clip or shape two ears, roll a little tail, and use a toothpick to make holes for eyes. There are many casseroles that can be made the day or night before, refrigerated, and baked that morning. Add fruit, your bunny rolls to the casserole and you have an easy, delicious breakfast or brunch.

This holiday start the day by sharing breakfast and your faith with your family. Tell them about Jesus and how He has impacted your life.  What He has done.   Share memories you have of your own parents and their faith. Make Easter more than eggs and bunnies. Make it about the Lamb. Remember, the things you do today are the memories for tomorrow.

“That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith – and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother…to your mother…and now to you!”
2 Tim. 1:5

Holiday Morning Casserole

1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
1/2 pound ground sausage
1 medium yellow sweet onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
8 eggs, lightly beaten
salt, pepper, curry, garlic – sprinkle of each in eggs
4 cups frozen shredded hash brown or O’Brien potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (save 1 cup for topping)
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese, or
1/2 cup milk if you do not like cottage cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
In a large skillet, cook bacon, sausage and onion until bacon is crisp; drain. Place eggs in a bowl and sprinkle seasonings. Lightly beat until frothy. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in eggs and meat mixture. Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with 1 cup cheese. This can be done the night before and just baked in the morning.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until set and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with fruit and muffins or rolls.

Bunny Rolls

Yeast roll dough, homemade or store
Egg wash, one beaten egg with 1 T water or milk

Preheat oven to 375°.
Form dough into balls. Put a little bit on the back for a tail if desired.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place dough.
Cut the ears with kitchen shears while the dough is soft, rounding edges.
Use toothpick to make eyes and a line for the nose.  If desired use a peppercorn for eyes.
Brush with egg wash using a pastry brush.
Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.


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