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Over a Cup of Coffee: 2 make-ahead recipes for breakfast

Diane Prather/For Craig Press

One of our family's most enjoyable times takes place right around our dining room table — for example, after the cows have been fed in the morning. It's time to catch up on what family members have been up to during the week, to reflect on a news event or two and most anything else.

Cooking breakfast takes time, so this week, I hunted through my recipes to find breakfast dishes that can be prepared ahead of time and baked in the morning, while we're outside tending to the animals.

If I were to ask our family what their favorite breakfast dish is, they would probably say "breakfast burritos," but they take some time to make, wrap and freeze. The recipes I chose for this week's column are also good; I have made them for branding days.

Breakfast pizza

8 -ounce package crescent rolls

1 pound sausage

1 cup shredded hash brown potatoes

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1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

5 ounces of Egg Beaters or 5 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Chopped pimientos (optional)

Fresh oregano (optional)

Cook sausage in a medium skillet until brown; drain, and set aside. Separate the crescent rolls, and place them with points toward the center on a greased pizza pan. Press the bottom and sides together to form a crust. Spoon sausage over the dough. Sprinkle with the hash browns and cheese. Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper, and pour it over the ingredients in the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Garnish with pimientos and oregano, if desired. Note: I used a 9×13-inch pan, because I don't have a pizza pan. I did not use the garnish.

Breakfast casserole

1 stick of margarine or butter

32-ounce package hash browns or four to five shredded potatoes

1 dozen eggs

1 cup milk

4 cups shredded American or mild cheddar cheese (Reserve some for topping.)

2 cups of cooked meat (ham, sausage, or bacon) cut up

Melt butter in a 9×13 pan. Put the potatoes on top. Beat the eggs, and add cheese and milk. Add the meat and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the potatoes. Put some cheese on top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until eggs are set. Uncover for the last five to 10 minutes until browned.

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