[Updated to include 2011 photos]
1 bag shredded hasbrowns, thawed
½ small block Velveeta cheese
1 c. sour cream
3 scallions, finely chopped
3 Tbsp butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
Melt Velveeta and butter in microwave in 2 minute intervals until soft. Mix all ingredients together. Put in sprayed pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Serve.
Christmas Morning Strata
1 lb. sausage
10 slices of bread, cubed
3 c. milk
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
10-oz. pkg. frozen cut asparagus,
thawed and drained
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt
Begin the night before Christmas. Crumble sausage into large skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain off any drippings. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add sausage and remaining ingredients; mix well. Spoon into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 60-70 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into squares; serve hot. Makes 10-12 servings.
Christmas Morning French Toast Casserole
1 loaf French bread
3 c. milk
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract [Use vanilla butter nut flavoring and a few dashes of nutmeg to taste like Grandmother's pound cake!]
Spray a 13x9-inch pan w/Pam. Tear the bread and place it in the pan. Combine the remaining ingredients together. Pour them over the bread. Bake at 375°F for 45 min. Dust w/powdered sugar. Serve w/syrup.
1 lime (juice and some zest)
1 can chopped pineapple
1 can sliced pears
grapes, kiwi, bananas, apples, etc. (seasonal fresh fruit)
To prepare sauce: Reserve 1/4 c. canned pineapple juice. Add 1 TBSP honey and the juice of ½ lime. Add 1 tsp. poppy seeds and lime zest. Pour over fruit salad.