Tonight Have Breakfast

IN THE KITCHEN

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Farm fresh eggs and sizzling skillets

You're having one of those days. In the morning, it was breakfast on the run. It's been busy at work, you've rushed from activity to activity and the thought of having to plan dinner for the family is another job that you just don't need right now. You want real food and you want it now.

Breakfast for dinner is the answer to your dilemma -- comfort food for the harried. Farm fresh eggs, sizzling skillets of savory potatoes flavored with strips of colorful bell peppers, onions or perhaps corn and black beans along with mouthwatering ham, sausage or bacon. Everyone in the family loves the heartiness of breakfast dinners, and they're a lot easier to make than you might think.

With ready-made products you cook in your skillet on the stovetop, you'll have a meal that your family will love with time left over for you to enjoy the meal, too. Start with fresh eggs, scramble and serve. If you wish, add your own homemade touches like shredded cheese, chopped fresh herbs or hot sauce. Then, gather your family at the dinner table, breathe a sigh of relief and dig in.

Sausage Breakfast Pizza

1 package regular flavor pork sausage

1, 8-1/2-ounce can refrigerated crescent rolls

1 cup frozen hash brown potato cubes, thawed

1/8 cup each diced green, red and yellow bell pepper (optional)

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (optional)

4 ounces (1 cup) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/8 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 12-inch rimmed pizza pan with points toward center. Press rolls together, seal perforations and form circle 1 inch larger in diameter than bottom of pan. Turn edges under to make slight rim. Sprinkle cooked sausage evenly over crust. Top with potatoes; add peppers and/or green onions if desired. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.

Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper in small bowl; stir well. Pour egg mixture evenly over pizza. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until eggs are set and crusts are golden brown.

Makes one pizza.

Breakfast Casserole

1 package regular flavor pork sausage

10 eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups milk

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 teaspoon salt

6 cups cubed bread

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)

1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped (optional)

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, mustard and salt; stir well. Distribute half of bread evenly in buttered 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half of pepper, half of cheese, half of sausage and half of each optional ingredient.

Repeat layering using remaining bread, pepper, cheese, sausage and optional ingredients. Pour egg mixture evenly over casserole. Bake uncovered 55 to 60 minutes, or until eggs are set.

Tent with foil if top begins browning too quickly.

Note: May be assembled ahead and refrigerated up to 12 hours before baking.

Serves six.

Quick Breakfast Skillet

6 eggs

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 pouch of Jimmy Dean Breakfast Skillets (any variety)

1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1-1/2 cups salsa

1-1/4 cups sour cream (optional)

6 flour tortillas (optional)

Beat eggs and set aside.

Preheat large nonstick skillet with oil over medium heat and pour in pouch contents. Heat, stirring occasionally, 7 minutes, then push mixture to one side of skillet and pour beaten eggs into other side. Scramble eggs until cooked (2 to 3 minutes). Stir scrambled eggs and pouch mixture together until evenly blended and remove from heat. Divide among 6 plates and top each portion with cheese, salsa and sour cream. Serve with warmed flour tortillas, if desired.

Serves six.

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Recipes from Family Features Editorial Syndicate

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