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Pancake Puffs

I’m at it again with another semi-homemade recipe the whole family will love! This recipe was born after a weekend cooped up in the house following a ton of rain. You know the kind of weather where you get bored and you just want eat everything and start inventing new recipes with what you have on hand?

Anyhow it was breakfast and we had no milk and we had eggs but I kinda wanted something a little more fun for the kids (and me!) And so, pancake puffs were born!

Its kinda a mix between a mini muffin, a pancake and a cake ball.

As usual, this is hardly a recipe. I literally used an easy pancake mix…..the just add water kind and prepared as per the directions on the box. I added a teaspoon of vanilla, because, why not? Then I got out my mini muffin pan.

I gotta tell you….I have made so many fun things in this pan….its perfect for making mini cookie or brownie bowls that you can fill with fruit or cheese cake or ice cream, or even savory appetizers like spinach dip with puff pastry that were a hit at my book club. Everything is better bite size! If you don’t have one, get one, ASAP!

This is the exact one I have!
Then I scooped filling into the tin, leaving a bit of room.

And here is where the magic happens! You can add any toppings or fillings you like!

I made some with blueberries, a cinnamon and brown sugar mixture, coconut and walnuts, chocolate chips, and of course, rainbow sprinkles! I even made some with chocolate chips AND sprinkles!

The kids can easily help with this, but I chose to surprise them, hoping the wow factor would entice them to eat more! ( It worked!)

I cooked them at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, but ovens vary so I’d keep an eye on them since they are so tiny! They are finished when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I served with a ramekin of syrup I heated in the microwave for a couple of seconds to dunk in, but go figure, the kids preferred them plain!

Pancake Puffs

Ingredients

Any pancake mix

Desired toppings

Vanilla extract (Optional)

Directions

Prepare pancake mix according to box, spoon into mini muffin tin leaving room for toppings! I added a tsp of vanilla extract.

Top with desired toppings

Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes . Check at 5

Done when toothpick inserted come out clean.

Pop out of pan and enjoy!

Serve with syrup to dip in if desired.

Super easy pancake puffs breakfast fast kid friendly fun family
Super easy pancake puffs breakfast fast kid friendly fun family

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Breakfast casserole
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Egg-stra Easy Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casseroleEasy breakfast casserole

This recipe was originally given to me by my sister, although now, neither of us is exactly certain of its original origin anymore.

This is an ideal casserole if you have a large family, or have company coming, but can be made smaller if you wish. It can be made ahead and kept in the fridge and popped in the oven in the morning. It’s great for brunch or breakfast for dinner! In fact, this is our traditional family Christmas morning breakfast now. I make it ahead the night before, and when the kids get up (it was close to 6 am last year!) I pop it in the oven and it’s ready by the time we are finished opening presents!

The first thing I will say about this recipe is that it is more of a guideline… .it can be made for 2 or 10 and you can use any meat you like or none! It works awesome with peppers and mushrooms, but I would pre-cook them before adding to the casserole, just as with the meat. It can be made with or without the cheese, so it’s really customizable to you and your family.

So the first thing you get is the desired size casserole dish. You can use a disposable metal one or a glass or metal one. For the purposes of this recipe, I used a 9x 13 pan.

Next you spray it with desired cooking spray, bottom and sides. This ensures that it can be easily removed in nice squares, but you can chose to scoop it out with a spoon as well.

Now cover the bottom of the casserole dish with frozen tater tots. Any brand. I’ve even used crispy crowns but it will be less ‘potatoey’ if that makes sense. The most important thing here is that they are in a single layer.Breakfast casseroleBreakfast casserole

Next, crack about 12-18 large eggs into a bowl and beat them. I add a splash of milk here and a bit of salt and pepper as well. You made need more, depending on the size of your casserole dish. If you choose to use cheese, I would mix in about ½ cup here as well.Breakfast casserole

Then, pour the beaten eggs over the tater tots. They key here is that you want the egg mixture to cover the tater tots. So if they are sticking out, you will need to add more beaten eggs to cover.Breakfast casseroleBreakfast casserole

Now, add any meat or vegetables, etc that you want. In this example I didn’t have much of either, so I cooked about 6 frozen sausage links and 4 strips of bacon and added then both. I usually use a whole package of bacon, precooked and crumbled. I left it whole this time, as there wasn’t a lot of it.Breakfast casserole

Now, top with remaining 1 cup of desired shredded cheese. Cover with foil and crimp down over sides so that it has a good seal. Bake at 375 for 1 hour, or until eggs are fully cooked and center no longer jiggles. You can also insert a toothpick into the center and it’s down when the toothpick is removed clean. If you check it, make sure to cover it back tightly.Breakfast casserole

Now I broil it, with the oven open so I can watch, until the top is a bit browned, but you can skip this step if you want it more ‘melty’ looking.Breakfast casseroleBreakfast casserole

Cut into wedges or scoop and enjoy! Caution-it will be hot!

Ingredients

About 12-18 eggs

I lb of desired meat, cooked and drained, or vegetables

About ½ bag of frozen tater tots

1 ½ cups of desired shredded cheese, divided

Optional:

Splash of milk

Salt and pepper

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 13×9 casserole dish with cooking spray. Cover bottom of casserole dish with single layer of frozen tater tots. Crack and beat 12 eggs in separate bowl. Add a splash of mil and salt and pepper if desired. If using cheese, add ½ cup into egg mixture and stir. Pour over tater tots to cover, adding more beaten eggs as needed until tater tots are covered. Top with meat or vegetables, then sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Cover tightly with foil and bake covered for one hour. Casserole is done when the eggs are completed cook all the way through. If desired, broil for 2-3 minutes while watching to brown the top. Cut into squares or scoop with a large serving spoon to serve!

***To makes ahead prepare as above and cover and place in fridge overnight or until ready to bake.

Breakfast casserole

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