My workplace participates in a United Way fund-raising and volunteer drive every fall. This year, volunteers baked breakfast casseroles for the Salvation Army's Mobile Canteen. Everyone was asked to make the same standard recipe. It isn't anything fancy -- just eggs, cheese and Bisquick.
I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for the latest food trends by visiting blogs and reading magazines. And folks are always looking coming up with ever fancier recipes -- using truffle oil, exotic cheeses, produce that comes from another country. But there are many needy families who are just happy to get a hardy egg-and-sausage breakfast, especially if it's their only decent meal of the day.
Here's what the Salvation Army says in its recipe pamphlet for the breakfast casseroles:
" Each Tuesday and Friday morning, the Salvation Army's Mobile Canteen serves breakfast to more than 900 homeless and near homeless individuals in Des Moines. The menu features a hot egg casserole (recipe below) that provides a delicious high-protein meal.
The free breakfast also includes coffee or hot chocolate, milk and orange juice (when available), individual boxed cereal, donuts, hard-boiled eggs and more, depending on what is available at the time.
You and your friends and relevatives can help feed Des Moines' hungry homeless by preparing egg casseroles for the Salvation Army.
After preparing and baking the casserole, we ask that you freeze it and then deliver it to our eastside facility.
Each casserole feeds 10 people, and we serve approximately 150 casseroles each week.
You can also volunteer to help the mobile canteen serve the breakfast. Weather and disaster permitting, we begin serving at 5 a.m. each Tuesday and Friday.
To learn more about the program and to volunteer to assist, call 515-282-3599.
You can help feed the homeless in Des Moines!"
- 1 - 9x11 inch disposable aluminum pan greased or sprayed with cooking spray
- 2 C. grated cheddar cheese
- 1 lb. sausage, Italian sausage or hamburger, crumbled and browned, or 3/4 lb ham (or no meat for a vegetarian casserole
- 4 eggs
- 2 C. milk
- 1 C. Bisquick mix
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- Salt to taste (use less salt if you use ham)
- 1 Tbls. taco seasoning (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place meat and cheese in a greased disposable pan. Combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper and biscuit mix in blender; blend one minute on high. Pour this mixture over meat and cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until casserole is firm in the middle. After cooling, cover with aluminum foil and freeze. Note date and meat contents on cover with a permanent marker.