Breakfast For Dinner

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From Family Features

Looking for new and enjoyable family meal ideas? Have you ever thought of serving breakfast for dinner?

With evaporated milk on hand in your pantry, you can transform your family's favorite breakfasts into delicious and savory dinners.

From making creamy sauces to mouth-watering casseroles, evaporated milk is the key to serving up special, but easy meals. Each recipe was created with the family cook in mind. They feature readily available, convenient ingredients that don't require a lot of preparation or measuring.

Best of all, Moms and Dads just like you have tested and prepared these dishes for their families - and gave them a "thumbs up!" So your kids will enjoy eating them as much as you enjoy serving them.

Experience the difference evaporated milk can make in your favorite recipes and at the same time, bring a little fun to a typical weeknight.

Suppertime Sausage Bake

Makes 10 to 12 servings

1 pound hot bulk pork sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled

2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk

8 large eggs, beaten

2 cups (8-ounce package) shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

2 green onions (green parts only), sliced

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

8 cups 1/2-inch cubed Italian or French bread (about 9 slices)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

Combine milk, eggs, sausage, cheese, red pepper, green onions, onion powder and garlic powder in large bowl. Add bread cubes, stirring gently to moisten bread. Pour mixture into baking dish.

Bake for 45 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

Weeknight Waffle-wiches

Makes 6 Belgian-style waffle sandwiches

12 slices turkey bacon, cooked, divided

6 slices thinly-sliced deli ham (about 4 ounces), divided

1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk, divided

1 package (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

3 cups plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose baking mix (such as Bisquick), divided

3/4 cup water

1 large egg, beaten

3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

Combine 3/4 cup evaporated milk, 1-1/2 cups cheese and 1 teaspoon baking mix in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and sauce has slightly thickened to a creamy consistency. Remove from heat; cover.

Whisk together remaining evaporated milk, water, remaining 1/2 cup cheese, egg and mustard in medium bowl. Stir remaining 3 cups baking mix into milk mixture until well blended.

Preheat Belgian waffle maker* according to manufacturer's directions. Pour about 1-1/4 cups batter onto waffle maker. (This amount is enough for a square or round waffle maker.) Cook according to manufacturer's directions. Repeat with remaining batter. Keep cooked waffles warm in oven.

  • Can also be cooked in standard waffle maker (makes about 18 standard-sized waffles).

To assemble:

Spread 2 tablespoons cheese sauce evenly over one side of 6 waffle squares. Place 2 slices of bacon and 1 slice of ham on cheese sauce on each. Top with second waffle to make Waffle-wiches.

Southwestern Scramble

Makes 4 servings

8 large eggs, well-beaten

2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided

2 tablespoons diced green chilies

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Nonstick cooking spray

2 medium or 3 small corn tortillas, cut into thin strips

Mild salsa, chopped avocado and/or sliced green onions (optional)

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)

Combine eggs, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup cheese, chilies and black pepper in medium bowl.

Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Place tortilla strips in skillet and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until strips are lightly browned.

Pour egg mixture into skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until eggs are cooked. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Top with salsa, avocado and/or green onions, if desired. Serve along with beans.

Creamy Maple Syrup

Makes 6 servings

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk

1/3 cup maple-flavored pancake syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

Combine sugar, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons butter. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

French Toast

6 large eggs

1 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter, divided

12 slices whole-wheat or white bread, divided

Whisk together eggs, remaining 1 cup evaporated milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon in medium bowl.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dip 4 slices bread in milk mixture and then place in skillet. Cook about 2 minutes per side or until golden. Repeat 2 more times with 2 tablespoons butter and remaining bread. Keep warm in oven. Serve with warm Creamy Maple Syrup. Refrigerate any leftover syrup for another use.

Tip: One (12-fluid-ounce) can of Carnation Evaporated Milk is all the evaporated milk you will need for this recipe.

Find these recipes and more in Carnation's new 40-page recipe booklet, "Family Favorites: A Collection of Delicious Dinners." For your free copy, visit

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