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Eggs Fiesta for your Fiesta

Hope you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of this Holiday Season! One of our family traditions is to have a big Christmas morning breakfast. We started this tradition when our children were little. We got up early to see what Santa had brought, unwrapped gifts with my sisters, and family came over. At times I have just done bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice, and always homemade hot cocoa. I thought you might want to do something you can make ahead and bake on Christmas morning. If we do something one time at our house, it has a way of becoming a tradition. We have a lot of Christmas traditions, and I like that.

There is nothing like the wide-eyed wonder of children on Christmas morning! So, don’t miss out on all that fun. Have your Eggs Fiesta ready to go in the oven, make a pot of grits, juice, hot cocoa, coffee – whatever your family likes – and enjoy Christmas with your family!

Eggs Fiesta

2 tablespoons butter, softened

6 slices of bread

16 ounce bulk sausage, browned and drained

1 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped

¼ cup green onions, chopped

1/3 cup chopped tomatoes

6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon dry mustard

3 cups half and half

5 eggs, beaten

Generously butter bread and cut into 1 inch cubes. Line the bottom of a 9x13x2 inch baking dish with bread cubes, butter side up. On top of bread, layer sausage, vegetables, and cheese. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix; pour over casserole. Refrigerate overnight. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees, uncovered.

Hope you enjoy! I look forward to sharing another recipe and some more family traditions. Think about making some new traditions at your house but never forget the ones you have always enjoyed. Family, friends, and food are always a good combination to make memories that last a lifetime.


Elaine Barrett, along with husband, Rick, owns and operates The Flower Gazebo on Washington St., in downtown Albany and is part of a family of excellent southern cooks. She recently she has written and published a cookbook, “In the Kitchen with Elaine”.

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