Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Wifesaver Casserole

Yield: 12 servings

1 package hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups grated cheddar
1 lb breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 tsp dry mustard powder
1 finely chopped onion
8 large eggs

Night before:

In a 9x13" greased casserole place the thawed hash brown potatoes in the bottom.  Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups grated cheese, saving 1/2 cup for the top of the casserole.  Brown the sausage and onion and sprinkle over cheese and potatoes.  Next mix the eggs and milk in a separate bowl with the dry mustard.  Pour this mixture over everything and let set covered in the fridge overnight.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top 15 minutes before casserole is done.

Next morning:

Uncover casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Easy Ganache Truffles

Yield: 30 Truffles

1 cup heavy cream
3 cups chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla or mint extract
crushed candy canes, finely chopped nuts, powdered sugar, or melted chocolate

In a heavy bottomed saucepan or double boiler, carefully bring cream to a simmer.  Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth.  Add extract.  Pour into an 8x8 greased glass pan or dish and chill until set.

Form into balls and roll in candy canes, nuts, or powdered sugar.  Or dip into melted chocolate.