Make-Ahead Spring Brunch Bake

Prepared in 25 minutes the night before, this tasty egg casserole serves 12 with ease.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 9 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

2
tablespoons margarine or butter
2
medium leeks, quartered, sliced, using bulb and light green portions (about 2 cups)
8
oz. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed, broken into 1-inch pieces
5
cups frozen southern-style hash-brown potatoes (from 32-oz package)
1/2
cup roasted red bell pepper strips (from 7.25-oz jar)
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon dried dill weed
8
eggs
1
pint (2 cups) half-and-half or milk
1
cup finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (4 oz)

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Melt margarine in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and asparagus pieces; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2 Add potatoes, roasted pepper strips, salt and dill; mix lightly. Spoon evenly into sprayed baking dish.
  • 3 Beat eggs in medium bowl. Add half-and-half; beat well. Add half of the cheese; mix well. Pour over vegetable mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining half of cheese. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until center is set. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into squares. If desired, garnish with red bell pepper strips.
  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Melt margarine in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and asparagus pieces; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2 Add potatoes, roasted pepper strips, salt and dill; mix lightly. Spoon evenly into sprayed baking dish.
  • 3 Beat eggs in medium bowl. Add half-and-half; beat well. Add half of the cheese; mix well. Pour over vegetable mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining half of cheese. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until center is set. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into squares. If desired, garnish with red bell pepper strips.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

The white bulb and light green portion of a leek are its most tender parts. The dark green leaves are usually tough and should be discarded. Sand and dirt hide between the layers of a leek, so rinse sliced leeks until they are free of any residue.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
165mg
165%;
Sodium
450mg
450%;
Total Carbohydrate
22g
22%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
11g
11%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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