Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something … Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity.*
Can a casserole be considered creative?
I say, if it renders everyone a) speechless or b) leaves them only able to mutter “mms” and other yummy sounds, it can be!
This is such a casserole.
Simple ingredients, easily thrown together at the end of a long and busy day, that results in yummy noises and a happy, full, family.
Here are the things I connected:
Frozen Hashbrowns (the little diced ones)(I’m sure the shredded ones would work, too.)
Dehydrated Onion Flakes
S & P
Grated Cheddar (I used a pre-shredded three cheese blend)
1 Roma tomato (seeded and diced)
1 Red pepper (also seeded and diced)
Sausages (cooked) (I used a Gluten Free brand called Cavicchis’ Meats)
Here is how I connected them:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Into a 9 x 13 pan (I use a glass one) add about a table spoon of olive oil and coat the bottom and sides. (I have a teeny silicone brush for this task and it works well.)
Immediately add the frozen hash browns to the pan. (You can use a lot or a little of any of the above ingredients in this recipe, by the way. It’s difficult to get it wrong. Tonight I used an entire 900 g bag because everyone was really hungry.)
Add some freshly ground black pepper and a teensy bit of kosher salt (careful with the salt!).
Sprinkle about a teaspoon of dehydrated onion flakes over the hash browns.
Next, break your eggs (Tonight I used 9, but you can adjust according to your own needs.) and beat them together (with a fork – oh yeah, fancy!) with a bit of pepper and onion powder (trust me..) and cream. You want the consistency you’d be expecting for scrambled eggs, so adjust egg:cream ratio as needed.)
To the beaten eggs, add a cup of cheese (or a handful.. or as much as you’d like.. or need.. or are limited to) and blend.
Add your peppers and tomatoes.
Pour the egg mixture over the hash browns.
Top with the cooked and sliced sausages, spreading the pieces evenly over the casserole.
Don’t be concerned if it seems like the eggs have vanished because they will fluff/rise up nicely while the casserole bakes for the next 30-45 minutes in the middle of your preheated oven.
I use my nose and my eyes a lot in my kitchen. When it starts to smell like supper, you’ll know you are almost there.
When the hash browns are browning (Hello! They’re hash browns.) on the bottom of the pan (score one for the see through glass pan!) it’s time to turn the oven off.
The centre should be set. (No jiggly casseroles, please and thank you!)
Allow it to cool a little bit, and while it does, the kids can help set the table, so *everyone* gets to sit down to a scrumptious, simple supper – together.
Are you pro casserole or do you prefer your foods stick to their separate quarters on your plate?
Leave a comment and tell me about one of your creations that just works.
Oh, and if you try this let me know what you think of it!
*Source: Wired: UK, 2011, Steve Jobs: A Wired Life, reprinted from “The Next Insanely Great Thing” by Gary Wolf, Wired 4.02, February 1996