Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sausage Casserole

Matt found this recipe on and wanted to have it for Christmas morning. So we decided to make it and it turned out very delicious.

  • 1 pound sage flavored breakfast sausage
  • 3 cups shredded potatoes, drained and pressed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 12 ounces mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup onion, shredded
  • 1 (16 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese
  • 6 jumbo eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch square baking dish.
  2. Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
  3. In the prepared baking dish, stir together the shredded potatoes and butter. Line the bottom and sides of the baking dish with the mixture. In a bowl, mix the sausage, Cheddar cheese, onion, cottage cheese, and eggs. Pour over the potato mixture.
  4. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the casserole comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes: I browned onions with the sausage and instead of 6 eggs I used 8. Everything else was perfect. Some reviewers also suggested that you can use frozen hash browns which makes this dish very easy to make.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snow Cone Syrup

In honor of our present from Grandma today, here is a recipe that I found for making your own snow cone syrup. I must say that I haven't tried it yet, but with kool-aid and sugar, how could you go wrong? :)

1 packet Kool-Aid
2 cups sugar
1 cup water

Mix all together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and cool, then pour it into whatever bottle you want to use. The flavors that the person who posted the recipe liked best were tropical, berry blue, and grape. Also, it was mentioned that you can use the same recipe with only 1 cup sugar and it is still great, but less sugar. Can't wait to try it out!

Coconut Bread

This is what I took to my neighbors this year for Christmas.

2 C white sugar
1 C canola oil
4 eggs
2 tsp coconut extract
3 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 C buttermilk
1 C shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9x5 loaf pans.

In large bowl, beat together sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and coconut extract. In separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, powder, and soda. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture, alternating with buttermilk and coconut.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes until toothpick inserted int he middle comes out clean.

1 C sugar
1/2 C water
2 T butter
1 tsp coconut extract
1 C shredded coconut, toasted

Combine sugar, water and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add coconut flavoring. Pour 1/2 of the glaze mixture over the bread while still warm. Top each loaf with shredded, toasted coconut, then pour over the remaining glaze. Let sit in the pan for 4 hours.