Breakfast has always been the man’s meal. It’s usually men who are in charge of whipping up glorious fire cooked breakfasts on camping trips, and dad who’s flipping pancakes on Saturday morning. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe the hard working cowboys and frontiersmen of yesteryear understood the value of a hearty breakfast in the morning and always gave that meal extra attention. Perhaps back in the day when women were expected to make dinner, cooking breakfast on the weekend was a way for the man to take a turn in the kitchen. Maybe it’s because men have always had an affinity for greasy spoon establishments and have a deep appreciation for the diner breakfast.
Or maybe it’s just because we love sausage and bacon.
Most likely it has to do with the nature of breakfast food. It’s simple and straightforward-never fancy or fussy. There are no five star gourmet breakfast restaurants, no wine pairings with your pancakes, and no foie gras omelettes. Breakfast is food without affectation.
At any rate, men love breakfast. We love to make it and we love to eat it.
And there’s no better time for a good breakfast than the winter months. It’s cold, dark, and dreary, and you want something in the morning that will stick to your ribs and fuel your day. Food so hearty and tasty that the anticipation of it actually gets you out of bed in the morning.
Punxsutawney Phil has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. So here are 5 hearty breakfasts to power you through to spring.
Cajun Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast casseroles are awesome. Their possibilities are limited only by your imagination. They can accommodate any combination of eggs, vegetables, meat, and bread; you can thus concoct one from anything you have hanging out in the fridge. But if you want a specific recipe, here’s a good one.
Prep: 20 minutes, Bake: 40 minutes
- 12 to 16 ounces smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 finely diced jalapeno pepper
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- dash of hot sauce
- 4 slices bread torn in 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper
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