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3rd Place My Mom's Best Recipe (Using Eggs) Contest - 2021

Nancy Houchins, Preliminary Winner Louisa County Fair
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Makes Twelve 3x4" portions

Frances' Breakfast Casserole Delight

Frances, the mother of four daughters, was widowed when Nancy Houchins turned 11. She worked for Ukrop’s for 28 years. She was a great cook, and this was one of her families' most loved dishes. It's for when you have a crowd and is super easy. You can actually prep parts of it ahead and just toss together at the last minute and bake. It travels well (in one of those carrying cases for heated dishes). Leftovers (doubt it!) warm nicely in the microwave. *We tested it with precooked turkey sausage as well as regular pork sausage (like Jimmy Dean’s) and found the turkey version just as flavorful with a lot less fat - just make sure to cut it up into small pieces. We also tested it with less sausage (1 pound vs. 2 pounds) and found it to be not as rich, but still delicious.

Nancy loved cats, peonies, and the color pink. Here’s to Frances!

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12 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup milk
2 cups Shredded Cheddar cheese
Dash salt and pepper
2 pounds Pork breakfast sausage*
1 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
4 scallions, diced (include some of green)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13” casserole dish. Combine eggs, sour cream, milk, cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until well blended. Cook sausage over medium heat, breaking it apart into small pieces as it cooks. Drain very well on paper towels, removing as much fat as possible. Add to egg mixture.

Sauté diced peppers and scallions for 3 min. in the same pan sausage was cooked in (reserve a few to garnish later). Add most to egg mixture (set aside some for garnish).

Pour mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until the edges are set and firm. Garnish with set-aside chopped peppers and a bit of parsley. Serve warm. Leftovers are great microwaved!