Honky Potato Breakfast Casserole

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You might be wondering what Honky Potatoes are.  Unless you 1/ grew up in Emporium, PA, or 2/ have stopped at the Buttonwood for breakfast on your way through Emporium, PA, you probably have no idea. 

The Buttonwood is this little hometown breakfast joint where the food is cheap and will cure any hangover.  Any time I go back to Empo for the weekend (which is usually only once a year, twice if I'm lucky), I order Honky Potatoes.  It's listed on the menu as "A mix of eggs, potatoes, ham, peppers, and onions."  It's your standard scramble/garbage plate.

I decided to remake this classic into a breakfast casserole!  I used some salt & pepper pork sausage from my grocery store instead of ham.  ZB even helped me with this one :)

Since I started an outdoor bootcamp workout class last month (3x/week), I have been STARVING and this is hearty enough to hold me over until lunch time.  I froze half of it to eat the next week, and it wasn't NEARLY as good.  So make it and eat it all week, but know that if you freeze it, it gets a little watery (due to the veggies) and the texture changes.


Honky Potato Breakfast Casserole

[Whole30 - Paleo - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Dairy Free]

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Ingredients:

4 medium potatoes, diced

1 lb sausage (whatever you like!)

1 red or green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

14 eggs

1/2 - 1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Spices of your choice (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika)

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss diced potatoes in 2-3 Tbsp cooking oil of your choice, and season them with spices of your choice (I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika).  Bake for 40 minutes or until they are nicely browned and crispy.
  3. While the potatoes cook, prep the rest of the ingredients:  brown and crumble the sausage, and chop your pepper and onion.
  4. Reduce oven heat to 375.  
  5. Grease a 9x13 cake pan and crack all 14 eggs into the pan.  Whisk them together and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Allow the sausage and potatoes to cool a bit, then add them to the eggs along with the peppers and onions.
  7. Fold everything together so ingredients are evenly distributed through the eggs, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until the eggs are set and cooked through.