Disclaimer: I have gotten this recipe down to 30 minutes. It took some practice and patience and a commitment to this not taking a lot of time for me to get there.
This recipe is based on this one, but modified to feed two people…and because I have a limited amount/style of kitchenware.
What You Need
1/2 Tbspn Butter
1/4 onion (cut however you want)
2 cloves garlic (cut however you want)
Frozen Crispy Crowns
Ground sausage (you could probably use bacon too, or spinach; whatever you like!)
Large-ish Frying Pan
How to Make It
Step One: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
I feel like this is pretty straight forward. I will share, though, that I learned that when you live in an old apartment that has a gas stove with no preheat indicator light, preheating takes about 10 minutes, or the length of time it takes me to complete Step Two and begin Step Three.
Step Two: Line your pan with Crispy Crowns while the oven is preheating.
Oh, Crispy Crowns is apparently a brand name.. I had no idea until just now.
So, put tater tots on the bottom of the pan. Pretty easy-peasy. But you want to go up the sides as well.
This looks confusing. There are two rows of tater tots along the side of the pan. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Just do the best you can to get as many on there without them all toppling over.
Set this pan aside.
Step Three: Saute the good stuff: garlic and onion, while the oven is still preheating.
If you don’t like garlic and onion, you can skip this step. I tend to add it to everything.
First, with your stove on medium-low, melt some butter.
Then, add in the onion.
Stir the onion around until it’s coated with the melted butter (maybe two minutes), then add in the garlic.
Stir that up to. Coat everything in delicious butter.
Your oven should be preheated by now, so pop in your tater tots.
SET THE TIMER FOR 15 MINUTES. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
Step Four: Add the sausage.
Once the onion and garlic start to get soft, add in the ground sausage. You can buy it in that like, uncomfortable tube of sausage (that’s what I buy) or you can actually just buy sausage crumbles from the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
You just want to brown it, because you’re going to keep cooking it for a while.
Step Five: You can do step five while you wait for the meat from step four to brown. Stir in eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
I use four eggs. You can use as many as you want. You also don’t have to use a square food storage, I’m just in a constant state of not having enough bowls in my life.
Add a splash of milk (literally turn the carton so it pours then lift it upright), three or four shakes of salt and three or four shakes of pepper. If you’re not a milk fan, then don’t add milk.
If you’re fancier than I am and actually own a whisk, you can whisk the egg/milk mixture. If not, use a fork. If you don’t own a whisk or a fork, let’s talk. I’d like to learn more about you.
Pour the eggs into the meat that’s been cooking. Using your egg fork, keep the eggs moving. You want them to still be a little wet when you add them to the tatertots.
Step Six: Get the tots ready while the eggs cook.
By now, your 15 minute timer has probably gone off. When it does, pull the tots out. Using a non-egg fork, mash them a little bit. You’re not trying to do anything other than create less space between the tots since they’re round and supposed to be your “crust.”
Add a big handful of cheese on top of the tots.
Step Seven: Combine!
By now, your egg mixture should look something like the above photo. Awesome. Add it to your tots.
This part is kind of gross because eggs are a weird texture (just in general, but especially when they’re half-cooked). Just put them in the tot basket and pretend it’s fine.
Use the back side of your spatula(?) to flatten out the eggies and make a clean top. It should end up looking something like this:
Add another handful of cheese. Or don’t. I didn’t get a picture of the second cheese layer. I’ve done it both ways. Personally, I prefer the extra cheese, but that’s always the case for me.
Step Eight: Bake at 425 for another 12-15 minutes.
The end result should look something like this, with soft, flavorful eggies and crunchy tots.
This is a staple meal in my house. If you don’t mind reheated eggs, it keeps fine for two days, but I wouldn’t go beyond that because, well, eggs.
Hope you enjoy!
1/2 Tbspn Butter
1/4 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Frozen Crispy Crowns
1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a bread dish with Crispy Crowns and bake for 15 minutes.
2. Saute garlic and onion in a pan with butter. Add ground breakfast sausage and cook till browned.
3. In a bowl, stir eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Add mixture to breakfast sausage until eggs are partially cooked.
4. Remove Crispy Crowns from oven after 15 minutes. Add a layer of cheese, then add egg and sausage mixture. Cover with cheese. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.