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breakfast tater tot casserole with sausage, eggs, and cheese sauce

Extra Cheesy Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Rachel Riesgraf
My favorite breakfast casserole! Made with perfectly seasoned maple sage breakfast sausage, peppers, onions, eggs, crispy tater tots and, the best part, cheddar cheese sauce! 
5 stars
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 5 Servings

Ingredients
  

Pork, vegetables and eggs

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, finely chopped
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk (whole or 2%)

Cheese sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk (whole or 2%)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded (6 ounces)

Assemble and bake

  • 1 bag frozen tatar tots
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded (2 ounces)

Instructions
 

Pork, vegetables and eggs

  • Heat a large oven safe skillet to medium-high heat. Add ground pork to skillet and season with salt, pepper, sage and thyme. Cook the ground pork for about 5-7 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Drizzle with maple syrup and mix together. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Add olive oil, peppers and onions to the same skillet that you cooked the pork. Cook over medium-high heat until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the pork back to the skillet with the peppers and onions; mix to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and ¼ cup of milk. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a non-stick over medium heat. Add eggs and scramble until just set (they will cook more in the oven). Evenly spread scrambled eggs over the pork and vegetables in the skillet. If your skillet isn't oven safe, transfer the pork and vegetables to an oven safe baking dish then add the eggs.

Cheese sauce

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk until fully combined with the melted butter; let cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually pour in the milk while whisking. Continuing whisking until sauce is bubbling and slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Sauce should be about the consistency of heavy whipping cream.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese until melted. Evenly drizzle cheese sauce over eggs in the skillet.

Assemble and bake

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Add frozen tater tots in a single layer over the cheese sauce. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes, or until bubbling through the center. Uncover and back an additional 10 minutes, or until the tater tots are crispy. Sprinkle with ½ cup cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
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