When it's your turn to host the family for brunch after a reunion or wedding, the idea of cooking for a dozen people can quickly overwhelm you. Turn to classic ingredients that need little to no cooking to speed up preparations. With a roll of beef summer sausage and a few cartons of eggs, you can whip up four recipes that everyone will love.
Hearty Deviled Eggs
Adding summer sausage to a batch of deviled eggs elevates them from mere appetizer to main course. You can simply lay a thin slice over each egg half after piping the filling in, or use a food processor to blend the meat into the rest of the yolk mixture for a more diffused flavor.
Family Friendly Frittata
Frittatas are fluffy egg discs that fall somewhere between an omelette and a quiche. They're easy to whip up and accommodation any number of tasty ingredients, including summer sausage. Slice the sausage in half length ways before slicing it to create small half-circle pieces that scatter evenly throughout the egg mixture so every bite is balanced. Try pairing beef sausage with fresh asparagus, mushrooms, and garlic for a flavor explosion without a lot of work.
Quick Breakfast Casserole
Toss a few layers of ingredients in a casserole dish, pour in some beaten eggs mixed with a little water, and top the whole thing with cheese. Stick it in the oven until the eggs set and the cheese browns for a casserole that is on the table in under an hour and keeps everyone full for hours. Add layers of shredded cheese, finely chopped summer sausage, sliced green onions, and other vegetables so you don't have to pre-cook any ingredients like raw meat before the casserole goes into the oven.
Meaty Mini Quiche
If you'd prefer to offer small nibbles people can graze on as they please, whip up some fun mini quiches with the help of a muffin pan. Grease the pan well or use paper muffin liners, whip up any of your favorite quiche recipes involving summer sausage, and cook them in the pan without crusts to speed up the preparation steps. It's also a recipe your gluten-free and paleo diet friends can appreciate, especially if you swap the flour used in most quiche fillings for potato or rice flour.
The spice and richness of beef summer sausage is a perfect complement to eggs. With plenty of protein and healthy fats between the two ingredients, all your brunch dishes are sure to please even a picky crowd of people.