Chicken Chorizo Breakfast Casserole

chicken chorizo breakfast casserole

This chicken chorizo breakfast casserole is delicious. It would be the perfect meal to serve your holiday visitors for breakfast/brunch because you can prepare it the night before. When you get up the next morning, pop it into the oven. Serve while still warm. Round off the meal with a large fruit salad. Yum!

Here’s the recipe:

Size of my casserole dish 11 x 8.5 x 2. Use a similar size.

  • olive oil or olive oil spray for skillet
  • 1/2 lb. chicken chorizo (You can find this at Sprouts.)
  • 10 slices of sandwich bread – cut into cubes (I used Sara Lee wheat bread.)
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Colby & Jack cheese
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp stoneground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cook chicken chorizo in little bit of olive oil in a skillet, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. (Chicken chorizo is a lean meat. There won’t be a lot of fat.)

Lightly grease casserole dish. Place bread cubes in the casserole; sprinkle with cheese; add cooked chorizo. Use your hands to do a light mixing of the bread, cheese, and meat.

Whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour evenly over the bread, cheese, and chorizo.

Cover your casserole with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 1 hour. It’s best if you chill for 8 hours.

Bake at 350-degrees for 45 minutes or until set.

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Someone at work today said there were only 7 weeks until Christmas. “Eeek,” is what I said. It’s time to start making gifts! I think crochet jewelry is really cool and I found some free crochet jewelry patterns that are cute. I like the little bluebird. It would look adorable on a denim jacket. I also like the bangles. I think those could be made very quickly.

I bet there is something here that you’ll want to make for yourself or for someone else.

Here’s the key to the free crochet jewelry patterns below.

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Eyelet Crochet Baby Blanket
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Eyelet Crochet Baby Blanket with Scalloped Edge

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Key to the free knitting patterns for dog sweaters:

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I have never knitted anything for a dog, so this will be an interesting project. Dougie has a really wide chest. I think I’ll have to adjust whatever pattern I choose. Also, I’ll need to choose a durable and washable yarn. I like the sweater with the hood; it’s funny to think of a dog wearing a hoody. Once I’ve completed my project, I’ll be sure to post a picture of Dougie in his new jumper!

Happy Knitting!

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