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Sunday Brunch: Bacon Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

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BACON CHEESY TATER TOT CASSEROLE

Serves: makes one 9x13 dish

INGREDIENTS

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 lb ground breakfast sausage, no casings (I used Chorizo great flavor)

2½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

2 cups whole milk

2 extra large eggs or 3 large eggs

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 lbs frozen tater tots

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a very large skillet, cook sausage on medium high heat, breaking up the meat and browning it. Once cooked through, drain and layer onto the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over cooked sausage

2. In a large bowl, hand-whisk together the milk, eggs, and pepper. Once mixed, pour evenly over and cheese and sausage in baking dish. Layer top with frozen tater tots. If not baking right away, cover tightly with foil and chill in fridge until the next morning.

3. When ready to bake, set oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Once oven reaches 350F, place casserole in oven for about 35 minutes. Top with additional ½ cup cheese, cooked/crumbled bacon, and bake another 5-10 minutes or until sides are bubbling and top is golden brown. Garnish with chopped parsley, let rest at room temp 10 minutes, and serve.

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