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Starting the lineup: Susan's Breakfast Casserole, from About.com's Food department. Essentially it's a savoury bread pudding. But your guests will call it tasty.
SUSAN'S BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
Start your oven at 350 degrees. Break up the bread in a greased 9 x 13 pan; add meat and cheese, mixing well. Stir eggs, milk and mustard, then pour over all. Bake for 35-45 min., and serve hot. (4-6 servings)
Another option: quiche. Serve it hot or even lukewarm, with a crisp salad.
A Farmers Fry will make you think of Hobbitses, third breakfasts...and plates steaming in the morning sunshine. This rendition is an American version of what the British would refer to as a 'mixed grill' -- plus eggs. Sprinkle with parsley or marjoram for contrast, and serve with sliced oranges and hot coffee.
1 cup mushrooms (or half of a small can, drained)
2 slices bacon
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Microwave potatoes 4-5 min. in microwave. While they're cooking, chop onion, bacon and mushrooms. Start frying in a hot pan; when the microwave dings, slice the potatoes and add to the sizzling mixture. Press with the back of a spatula, then turn the heat down to med. and cook for 5 min. without turning. Carefully stir, and cook an additional 5 min. Add eggs -- stir in (cooks more quickly), or carefully break eggs in, one at a time, cover and cook 5 more min.
Sprinkle cheese over...or wait until you've spooned the fry onto plates. (Looks more decorative that way.) 2-4 servings.
And finally, a cheese souffle that will make your guests swoon. Warning: it collapses quickly, so serve asap. This version comes from Julia Child via Epicurious.
CLASSIC CHEESE SOUFFLE