Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is an easy and budget-friendly Australian dish featuring fresh zucchini baked into a cheesy egg-based batter.

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If you’re looking for ways to use your summer zucchini, don’t pass up this irresistible zucchini slice. This classic Australian dish is similar to a crustless quiche but with a more dense texture. It’s healthy and perfect for meal prep if you’ve got a busy week ahead. Serve this slice hot or cold for a savory breakfast on-the-go, or a light lunch or dinner.

A stack of slices of zucchini slice on a plate.

What is Zucchini Slice?

Zucchini Slice is a popular Australian dish similar to a crustless quiche but with a more dense texture. It’s universally loved in Australia because it’s very easy to prepare, budget-friendly, and can be enjoyed hot or cold for any meal of the day. You’ll commonly find it in lunchboxes, at kid’s birthday parties, and potlucks.

Tips for Making Zucchini Slice

Don’t skip draining the moisture from the zucchini, or you’ll end up with a soggy slice! Grate the zucchini and either pop it into a colander or a clean kitchen towel to wring out. It’s common in Australia to make zucchini slice without sauteing the bacon and onion first. However, I highly recommend not skipping this step

Two slices of zucchini slice laying against the whole casserole.

Zucchini Slice Variations

Tweak Zucchini Slice with what you have on hand. You can leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version, or you can use ham instead of bacon (no need to sauté first). You can throw in a few veggies too! Corn or finely chopped red bell pepper would be perfect in this slice. You could also add in a blend of cheese instead of just cheddar. Feta or parmesan would be a delicious addition.

What to Serve with Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is perfect for any meal (or snack) of the day. It can be served either hot or cold and is great for on the go. It’s not uncommon to eat a piece or two on its own or to serve it with a side salad for a light lunch or dinner. It’s also a favorite at potlucks and parties.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Zucchini Slice is great for meal prep! Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Eat this slice cold or reheated in the microwave.

Two slices of Zucchini slice on top of the casserole.
Two slices of zucchini slice laying against the whole casserole.

Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is an easy and budget-friendly Australian dish featuring fresh zucchini baked into a cheesy egg-based batter.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Australian
Total Cost $5.31 recipe / $0.66 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 slices
Calories 267kcal
Author Cassie Heilbron

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.11
  • 2 strips bacon $0.52
  • 1 yellow onion $0.37
  • 5 large eggs $0.98
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese $1.25
  • 1 cup self-rising flour* $0.14
  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.64
  • 3/4 lb. zucchini (2 cups shredded) $1.27
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper $0.03

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large rectangular baking dish (11×7-inch) with parchment paper. Finely dice the onion and finely chop the bacon.
  • Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook, stirring regularly, until the onion softens and the bacon is golden. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Grate zucchini into a colander and sprinkle a little salt on top. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the bacon, onion, eggs, cheese, flour, and oil. Stir well to combine.
  • Using your hands, squeeze excess moisture out of the zucchini into the sink, then place into the mixing bowl and stir to combine—season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and firm to touch. Allow to cool, then cut into squares to serve.

Notes

*If you don’t have self-rising flour simply use 1 cup of flour plus 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Zucchini Slice – Step by Step Photos

Baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 11×7-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Sautéed onion and garlic in a frying pan.

Finely dice one yellow onion and finely chop about two strips of bacon. Add 1 Tbsp butter to a frying pan and heat over medium. Add the onion and bacon and sauté until the onion is soft and the bacon is golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Grated zucchini in a colander.

Grate about 3/4 lb. of zucchini into a colander and sprinkle a little salt on top. Set aside.

Zucchini slice batter ingredients in a bowl, unmixed.

In a large mixing bowl add the bacon and onion, along with 2 large eggs, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1 cup self-rising flour, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Stir well to combine.

Zucchini added to the batter.

Using your hands, squeeze excess moisture out of the zucchini into the sink, then place into the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Unbaked zucchini slice in a glass casserole dish.

Pour mixture into prepared tray.

Baked zucchini slice in a glass casserole dish.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and firm to the touch. Allow to cool, then cut into squares to serve.

Three slices of zucchini slice stacked on a plate.

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How to Make A Frittata

Frittatas are an easy and inexpensive way to use up leftovers in your fridge, and they’re great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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We love flexible recipes around here and Frittatas definitely fit that bill. You can add whatever meat, vegetables, or cheese that you happen to have in your fridge, which not only makes them flexible, but the perfect vehicle for reducing food waste and keeping that grocery bill in check! So here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a simple frittata, so you can whip one up whenever you need a quick, inexpensive, and delicious meal.

A slice of frittata being lifted out of a cast iron skillet.

What is a Frittata?

Frittatas are an Italian dish consisting of cooked eggs with other ingredients added in like meat, vegetables, or cheese. Unlike omelets and scrambled eggs, frittatas are not moved or folded over as they’re cooked. The frittata is cooked whole, without disturbing, in one large piece.

There are different methods for cooking frittatas, some being cooked entirely on the stovetop over low heat and others being finished in the oven. The method we use here starts on the stovetop to cook the add-ins, then finishes in the oven with gentle even heat.

The Frittata Formula

Frittatas are incredibly simple. For every six large eggs, you’ll want to mix in ¼ cup of milk or cream, ¼ cup of cheese, and about 3 cups of meat or vegetables. The small amount of milk and cheese keeps the eggs soft and creamy and the meat and vegetables give you endless options. You’ll also want to add a little salt and pepper just to make sure everything is well seasoned!

Frittatas in Five Simple Steps

This frittata method is so simple that it’s one of those recipes you’ll memorize in no time. Here are the five simple steps to making a frittata:

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  2. Sauté meat and vegetables in a skillet.
  3. Top with cheese then pour in the egg mixture.
  4. Cook on the stovetop until the edges are set.
  5. Transfer to the oven to finish cooking. Slice and serve!
A slice of frittata on a plate with a side salad.

Avoid Overcooking Your Frittata

One of the biggest mistakes people make when making frittatas is overcooking the eggs. Eggs are delicate souls and when overcooked they become rubbery and they weep with sadness. And no, that wasn’t figurative, they literally excrete water.

To avoid overcooking the frittata, make sure you don’t bake it too long. Keep an eye on your frittata and only leave it in the oven until the center is just barely set. It’s okay if it jiggles just a bit in the center, carryover cooking will finish the job in the first few minutes after the frittata is removed from the oven.

How to Serve Frittatas

Frittatas aren’t just for breakfast or brunch. Because they’re so easy to prepare, frittatas are one of my favorite quick lunch or dinner items. Just check your fridge for whatever needs to be used up, toss them into the frittata, then whip up a simple side salad as it bakes! Dinner is DONE!

Frittatas can be served either warm or cold, which makes them even more flexible. Bake one up on Sunday, then pack up the leftover slices for tomorrow’s lunch!

Other Frittata Flavor Ideas

We kept our frittata simple below with just some onion, spinach, tomatoes, and feta, but the flavor possibilities are endless! Here are some other flavor combination ideas:

Side view of a slice of frittata
Overhead view of a spinach and tomato frittata

How to Make a Frittata

Frittatas are an easy and inexpensive way to use up leftovers in your fridge, and they're great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Total Cost $5.11 recipe / $0.85 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Calories 159kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs $1.16
  • 1/4 cup milk $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08
  • 1 yellow onion $0.36
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (about 4 oz.) $0.99
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes $2.00
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta $0.41

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Set the eggs aside.
  • Dice on yellow onion. Heat a 10-inch oven-safe skillet over medium, then add the cooking oil and onion and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Meanwhile, roughly chop the spinach and slice the tomatoes in half.
  • Add the spinach and tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine with the onions.
  • Before the spinach has a chance to cook or wilt, pour in the egg mixture (it's okay if the eggs don't fully cover the vegetables). Top with the crumbled feta.
  • Let the frittata continue to cook over medium just until the eggs are set around the edges (about 3 minutes).
  • Transfer the frittata to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or just until the eggs are set in the center (total bake time will vary). Remove the frittata from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g

How to Make Frittatas – Step by Step Photos

Eggs milk salt and pepper in a bowl with a whisk.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together six large eggs, ¼ cup milk, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Set the eggs aside.

Sautéed onions in a skillet.

Sauté your meat or vegetables in a 10-inch oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Because the frittata cooks quickly, you can leave some vegetables fresh instead of sautéing, if desired. For this frittata, we sautéed one yellow onion in 2 Tbsp cooking oil and added the rest of the vegetables fresh.

Chopped spinach on a cutting board.

When using fresh spinach, it’s best to roughly chop it into smaller, bite-sized pieces to avoid large, stringy pieces of spinach in your frittata. We used 2 cups of packed spinach (about 4 oz.) for this frittata and one pint of grape tomatoes (sliced in half).

Spinach and tomatoes combined with onions in the skillet.

Add the chopped spinach and tomatoes to the skillet with the onions and stir briefly to combine.

Eggs being poured into the skillet.

Before the spinach has a chance to cook or wilt, pour in the egg mixture. It’s okay if the eggs don’t fully cover the vegetables. Top with the crumbled feta or cheese of choice.

Frittata topped with cheese and edges set.

Continue to cook the frittata over medium heat just until the eggs begin setting around the edges (this only takes a few minutes).

Baked frittata in the skillet.

Transfer the frittata to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or just until the center is set. The total cooking time will vary slightly depending on the type of skillet used and how much the eggs had set while on the stovetop. It’s okay if the eggs still jiggle a little in the center; they will continue to cook through residual heat for a few minutes after it is removed from the oven. Avoid overcooking the frittata.

Sliced frittata in the skillet, one slice being lifted.

Remove the frittata from the oven and let rest for five minutes before slicing into six pieces and serving!

A slice of frittata on a plate with a simple side salad.

Check out these other great egg dishes:

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Deruny (Draniki) – Ukrainian Potato Pancakes

Deruny, also called Draniki, are traditional Ukrainian potato pancakes made with finely grated raw potatoes, onion, flour, and eggs.

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I learned to make Deruny (Ukrainian potato pancakes) when I was growing up and they’ve been a favorite of mine ever since. They’re easy, budget-friendly, filling, and taste like home! I know you’re going to love this simple but delicious recipe.

Close up of potato pancakes on a plate with sour cream.

What is Deruny?

Deruny, also called Draniki, are traditional Ukrainian potato pancakes made with finely grated raw potatoes, onion, flour, and eggs. The pancakes are pan-fried in a generous amount of any mild-tasting or neutral oil, like avocado oil.

The name Deruny means “to grate” and while it’s a labor-intensive process that requires a bit of muscle work, it is that process that results in an authentic dish. You can combine all ingredients in a food processor to speed up the process. The taste will be slightly different, but it still works.

What to Serve with Deruny

Deruny are traditionally served with a dollop of sour cream as a main dish for dinner or breakfast. In Ukraine, savory dishes, especially potatoes, are a popular breakfast food.

Deruny can also be served as a part of a large spread or as a side dish at large gatherings or celebrations.

You can pair deruny with quick and easy traditional Ukrainian cucumber and tomato salad.

What Else Can I Add to Potato Pancakes?

Deruny is a very simple recipe. However, there are some variations among the families mostly due to personal taste preferences and ingredients available on hand.

I use russet potatoes but yellow Yukon gold or red potatoes will also work. Any potato will work except baby potatoes, of course. You can use yellow or white onion.

You can add a clove or two of freshly grated garlic and a bit of chopped fresh dill. If you have gluten intolerance I am pretty sure you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour, just not almond flour or coconut flour.

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. That’s if you have any! No need to reheat as deruny taste amazing cold!

Tips for Making Potato Pancakes

  • Keep peeled potatoes in a bowl with cold water while peeling and grating other potatoes to prevent from browning.
  • Make sure to wear gloves when grating potatoes and onion. It is very easy to damage your skin when grating on star-shaped side of the grater.
  • Use mild tasting oil like avocado oil, light olive oil or grapeseed oil for frying as deruny absorb quite a bit of oil during frying. Extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil will overpower the taste of potato pancakes.
Overhead view of potato pancakes on a plate with sour cream.
Close up side view of Deruny on a plate with sour cream.

Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)

Deruny, also called Draniki, are traditional Ukrainian potato pancakes made with finely grated raw potatoes, onion, flour, and eggs.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Ukrainian
Total Cost $2.77 recipe / $0.46 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 about 5 Deruny each
Calories 252kcal
Author Olena Osipov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs. russet potatoes $1.75
  • 1 yellow onion $0.38
  • 2 large eggs $0.39
  • 2-3 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper $0.02
  • 3-4 Tbsp cooking oil (for frying) $0.16

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes and onion, then rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, grate potatoes and onion on the star-shaped side of a grater, taking turns and mixing the grated mixture. This will prevent potatoes from browning.
  • Add eggs, flour, salt, and pepper and mix well. The batter will be on a liquid side. Alternatively, you can prepare it in a food processor by grinding all ingredients together until no large chunks are left, for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Preheat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil. Add a large spoonful of pancake batter and fry until golden brown, flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve the deruny hot with a dollop of sour cream. Makes about 30 deruny.

Nutrition

Serving: 5deruny | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 421mg | Fiber: 3g
Deruny in a skillet and on a plate.

How to Make Deruny (Potato Pancakes) – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients for potato pancakes.

For these simply potato pancakes you’ll need about 2-2.5 lbs. Russet potatoes, one yellow onion, two large eggs, 2-3 tbsp all-purpose, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, and 3-4 tbsp oil for frying.

Peeled potatoes and onions.

First, peel the onion and potatoes, then rinse with cold water.

Grated potato and onion in a bowl.

Grate the potatoes and onion on the star-shaped side of a grater into a large bowl, taking turns and mixing the grated mixture. This will prevent potatoes from browning.

Other ingredients for potato pancakes added to the bowl.

Add eggs, flour, salt, and pepper to the grated potatoes and onions, and mix well.

Potato pancake batter in a bowl with a spatula.

The batter will be slightly liquid. Alternatively, you can prepare it in a food processor by grinding all ingredients together until no large chunks are left, for about 3-4 minutes.

Potato pancakes in a skillet half-cooked.

Preheat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil. Add a large spoonful of pancake batter and fry until golden brown.

Flipped deruny in the skillet.

Flip the deruny and cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Side view of Deruny on a plate with sour cream.

Serve the deruny hot with a dollop of sour cream. Makes about 30 deruny.

Overhead view of a plate full of Deruny with a dish of sour cream.

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Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes)

Menemen, or Turkish scrambled eggs, is an easy, healthy, and customizable dish that can be ready in less than 30 minutes! BudgetBytes.com

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Ready to up your breakfast game? Try this traditional Turkish scrambled eggs recipe, also known as Menemen. This one-pan vegetarian egg dish is healthy, filling, easily customizable, and ready in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Overhead view of a skillet full of menemen with a wooden spoon.

What Is Menemen?

Menemen is a traditional Turkish breakfast recipe made by cooking eggs with onions, peppers, and tomatoes with a subtle hint of spice. It gets its name from a Turkish town called Menemen, located in Izmir. 

What to Serve with Menemen?

Menemen is traditionally served in the skillet that it is cooked in while it is still hot and bubbly. It is usually served with crusty bread on the side, which is then dipped into the soft scrambled eggs and vegetables for a satisfying bite.

With that being said, if you want to serve it as Turks do then I would recommend a few must-haves on the side:

  • Cheese & olives: You can’t talk about Turkish breakfast and not include cheese and olives. In terms of cheese, you can use feta cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese, or even cheddar cheese. And for olives, serve it with Kalamata olives, green olives, or a mixture of the two with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of dried oregano.
  • Simit: A breakfast staple in Turkey, simit is a sesame-crusted circular bread similar to an American bagel but crustier on the outside and softer on the inside. It pairs wonderfully with menemen and can also be enjoyed with cheese and olives. 
  • Turkish Borek: Borek is made by layering phyllo dough with a filling usually made with cheese and sauteed vegetables. One of the most popular fillings is spinach and feta, which would pair perfectly with this hearty scrambled egg dish.

Ingredient Variations & Substitutions:

The best part of this Turkish soft scramble recipe is that you can easily change it up with whatever you have on hand. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make it without onions: There is an ongoing debate amongst the diehard menemen fans about making it with or without onions. The good news is that it can be made with or without it. Simply omit using onions and sautee peppers and spices by themselves instead. 
  • Peppers: The traditional menemen recipe uses fresh green Turkish peppers, aka sivribiber, which could be hard to find. In my version here I used bell peppers, but feel free to use whatever pepper you have on hand. Seeded and chopped jalapeno, Anaheim peppers, and even Hungarian wax peppers would all work.
  • Tomatoes: I used a canned tomato to make it easy and convenient. However, during the summer months, when they are in season, I prefer using two or three medium-size fresh tomatoes instead.
  • Cheese: Crumbled feta cheese is a very popular topping but you can also add shredded mozzarella cheese on top at the last minute and let it melt on top before serving.

What else can I add?

You can follow the recipe as written or take it up a notch with a few additions to it.

  • Lamb or Italian Sausage: If you are a meat-eater, you can sautee ½ lbs of sausage at the same time as you sautee onions and peppers.
  • Spices: Sprinkle it with Aleppo pepper, Urfa chili pepper, or red pepper flakes if you don’t mind a little bit of heat.
A hand dipping bread into a pan of menemen.
A skillet full of menemen with dishes and bread on the side.

Menemen

Menemen, or Turkish scrambled eggs, is an easy, healthy, and customizable dish that can be ready in less than 30 minutes!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Turkish
Total Cost $5.36 recipe / $1.34 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 255kcal
Author Aysegul Sanford

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.25
  • 1 yellow onion $0.37
  • 1 bell pepper (any color) $0.98
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (or Aleppo pepper) $0.03
  • 1 15oz. can diced tomatoes $0.79
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten $0.78
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley $0.40
  • 1 cup crumbled feta (optional) $1.64

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add in onion, pepper, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently until vegetables are softened for about 7-8 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Sautee for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes are heated through.
  • Gently pour the lightly beaten eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until eggs are just barely set yet still soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Immediately sprinkle it with chopped parsley and crumbled feta cheese, if using. Serve with crusty bread on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 1086mg | Fiber: 1g
A skillet full of menemen with dishes and bread on the side.

How to Make Menemen – Step by Step Photos

Diced onion and bell pepper on a cutting board.

Begin by dicing one bell pepper (any color) and one small onion.

Onion, bell pepper, and spices in a skillet.

Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and bell pepper, along with ½ tsp dried oregano and ¼ tsp red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper. Sauté until the vegetables have softened.

Diced tomatoes being added to the skillet from a bowl.

Add one 15oz. can of diced tomatoes (with the juices), 1 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper. Stir to combine.

Sautéed vegetables in the skillet.

Continue to sauté for about 2-3 minutes more, or until everything is heated through well.

Beated eggs being poured into the skillet.

Lightly beat four large eggs, then pour them into the skillet.

Eggs and vegetables being scrambled in the skillet.

Cook the eggs, stirring frequently, until they are just barely set yet still soft (about 2-3 minutes).

Parsley being sprinkled onto scrambled eggs.

Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the eggs.

Feta being sprinkled over the eggs.

Top with crumbled feta and more black pepper, if desired.

bread being dipped into a pan of menemen.

Serve with crusty bread for dipping!

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Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast nachos are a fun and easy way to change up your breakfast or brunch routine. Plus, the topping options are endless!

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I love doing a big Sunday breakfast or brunch at home. It’s just such a great way to enjoy my day off without spending the money on going out to eat. …And I can do it in the comfort of my pajamas. 😏 But I don’t always have big energy to do a BIG brunch, so these Breakfast Nachos are a fun compromise. They’re definitely a splurge compared to my regular weekday oats, but still super easy. Plus, I can use up whatever ingredients I have left in my fridge as extra toppings! WIN! 🙌

Overhead view of a sheet pan full of breakfast nachos.

What Makes them Breakfast Nachos?

Okay, so these are pretty much just regular nachos but with scrambled eggs on top, but hey, what better excuse to eat nachos for breakfast?? You can make them even more breakfast-y by adding some browned breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon, but I went with a vegetarian nacho this time around.

What Else Can I Add?

I topped my nachos with eggs, cheese, black beans, tomato, onion, jalapeños, and sour cream, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to possible nacho toppings. Scan your fridge to see if you have any of these other ingredients to add to your nachos:

Tips for Making Nachos

Nachos seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve got a couple of quick tips to really help take your nachos to the next level.

  1. Use sturdy chips. Avoid “thin & crispy” tortilla chips and go for the kind that are thick and sturdy because they need to be strong enough to lift all those delicious toppings!
  2. Layer the ingredients! There’s nothing worse than getting a chip with no toppings or a chip so loaded that it breaks under the pressure, so layer your toppings for the best chip-to-topping ratio.
Close up overhead shot of breakfast nachos.
Overhead view of breakfast nachos on the sheet pan.

Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast nachos are fun and easy way to change up your breakfast or brunch routine. Plus, the topping options are endless!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Southwest
Total Cost $8.04 recipe / $2.01 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 933kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 Roma tomato $0.36
  • 1/4 red onion $0.09
  • 1 jalapeño $0.18
  • 1 15oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained $0.79
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $1.25
  • 6 large eggs $1.20
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.22
  • 1 15oz. bag tortilla chips $3.49
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.42

Instructions

  • Dice the tomato and red onion. Slice the jalapeño. Rinse and drain the black beans. Shred the cheddar cheese.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the whisked eggs and gently stir and fold until the eggs are mostly set, but still slightly wet (they'll finish cooking in the oven).
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Spread half of the tortilla chips over the surface of the baking sheet, then top with half of the eggs, half of the black beans, and half of the shredded cheese.
  • Repeat with a second layer of chips, eggs, beans, and cheese.
  • Bake the nachos in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the nachos from the oven and top with the remaining fresh ingredients: tomato, onion, jalapeño, and sour cream. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25batch | Calories: 933kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 50g | Sodium: 1249mg | Fiber: 13g
Close up of a chip with toppings.

Love nachos? Check out my Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos!

How to Make Breakfast Nachos – Step by Step Photos

Tomato onion and jalapeño chopped.

Prep the toppings first, so they’re ready to go when you need them. Dice one Roma tomato, slice one jalapeño, and dice ¼ of a red onion. Rinse and drain well one 15oz. can of black beans. Shred 4oz. of cheddar cheese.

Whisked eggs in a bowl.

Begin preheating the oven to 350ºF. Whisk six large eggs in a bowl with ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper.

Lightly scrambled eggs.

Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium. Once the skillet is hot and the butter is melted, swirl to coat the surface. Add the whisked eggs to a skillet and let them cook, gently folding and stirring, until they are mostly set, but still slightly wet. Do not cook the eggs fully here because they will cook more when the nachos are in the oven.

tortilla chips on a lined baking sheet.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Add ½ of a 15oz. bag of tortilla chips to the baking sheet. The chips do not need to completely cover the surface of the baking sheet.

Eggs, beans, and cheese layered on top of chips.

Add half of the scrambled eggs, half of the drained black beans, and half of the shredded cheddar.

Second layer of chips, eggs, beans, and cheese.

Add a second layer of chips, eggs, beans, and cheese.

Baked nachos on the sheet pan.

Bake the nachos in the fully pre-heated 350ºF oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Finished breakfast nachos with fresh toppings added.

Quickly add your fresh and cold toppings like the tomato, onion, jalapeño, and sour cream (about 1/2 cup total). Serve hot!

Overhead view of breakfast nachos on the sheet pan.

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Easy Homemade Crepes

This easy crepe recipe will make your weekends extra special! Make sweet or savory crepes with all your favorite fillings.

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In the battle between crepes and pancakes, I’ll side with crepes any day. Why? Because they’re endlessly versatile (serve them up with sweet or savory fillings) and their thin and light texture means I can enjoy a lot more of them before feeling overly stuffed. 😅 I mean sure, a big stack of fluffy pancakes always have their place, but crepes for me are just tops. Need more convincing? Keep reading…

Originally posted 5-11-2015, updated 4-9-2022.

Two folded crepes on a plate stuffed with peanut butter and bananas

What’s the Difference Between Crepes and Pancakes?

Crepes, like pancakes, are made with a simple batter comprised of flour, eggs, milk, and butter. The main difference between crepes and pancakes is the ratio of ingredients in the batter which creates different textures in the pancakes. Crepes are very thin and flexible, making them perfect for filling, folding, and rolling. Their delicate flavor also pairs well with both sweet and savory ingredients. American pancakes, on the other hand, are thick, fluffy, and far more cake-like. 

Make Sweet or Savory Crepes

The basic crepes recipe below is neutral in flavor and pairs well with either sweet or savory fillings. If you want your crepes to be a little sweeter and more dessert-like, you can add 1 Tbsp granulated sugar and ½ tsp vanilla extract to the batter.

Crepe Fillings

The best part about crepes is filling them with all sorts of fun ingredients! Scavenge your fridge and pantry for anything you might need to use up, and come up with your own fun flavor combinations, or try one of these filling ideas for crepes:

  • Yogurt and jam
  • Ham and cheese
  • Lemon curd and whipped cream
  • Nutella and berries
  • Spinach and goat cheese or swiss
  • Sweetened ricotta and berries
  • Banana and peanut butter
  • Egg and cheese
  • Chocolate and strawberries
  • Apples and cinnamon

side view of stacked crepes folded over on the plate.

Fold or Roll Your Crepes

Once you’ve chosen the fun fillings for your crepes, you can either fold or roll those fillings up in the crepe. To fold the crepes, cover half of the crepe with your toppings, fold the crepe in half to close, and then fold in half once more so it’s in a quarter-round. To roll the crepes, place your toppings down the center, or slightly to one side, then fold one side over the toppings, then continue to roll to the other side. 

How to Store Leftover Crepes

…If there are any leftovers! Leftover crepes store well in the fridge for quick use later in the week, and you can even freeze them for longer storage. Keep refrigerated crepes in a gallon-sized zip top bag or other air-tight food storage container for 4-5 days. To freeze, make sure to place a piece of parchment between each crepe so they don’t stick together once frozen. 

Folded crepes on a plate with ingredients on the sides.

Folded crepes on a plate with ingredients on the sides.

Easy Homemade Crepes

This easy crepe recipe will make your weekends extra special! Make sweet or savory crepes with all your favorite fillings.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine French
Total Cost $1.16 recipe / $0.19 each
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 crepes
Calories 216kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.07
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature* $0.46
  • 1 cup milk, warmed* $0.20
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter $0.33
  • 1/4 cup water $0.00
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, for the skillet $0.00

Instructions

  • Add the flour, salt, eggs, milk, melted butter, and water together in a large bowl until it forms a smooth and slightly thick batter.
  • Let the batter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate up to two days.
  • When ready to make your crepes, heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Once hot, brush with about ½ tsp oil.
  • Pour about ⅓ cup of the batter into the skillet and begin to tilt the skillet in a circular motion to allow the batter to evenly cover the surface of the skillet.
  • Allow the batter to cook until mostly set, then flip and cook until golden brown on the second side. The total cook time for each side will vary depending on your skillet and stove top. You may need to adjust the heat up or down as you go.
  • Repeat with the rest of the batter, adding more oil between crepes as needed. As you cook the crepes, stack them on a clean plate and cover with a towel to keep warm. Once all of the crepes are cooked, fill, fold, or roll the crepes then serve.

Notes

*Using room temperature or slightly warmed milk and eggs helps the melted butter incorporate more evenly into the batter rather than having it solidify as soon as it comes into contact with cold milk and eggs.
**To make sweet crepes, add 1 Tbsp sugar and ½ tsp vanilla to your batter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1crepe | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g

close up side view of two crepes on a plate stuffed with peanut butter and bananas.

How to Make Crepes – Step by Step Photos

Melted butter being poured into the bowl of crepe batter ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, ½ tsp salt, 2 large eggs (room temperature, 1 cup milk (room temperature), 3 Tbsp melted butter, and ¼ cup water.

crepe batter dripping off the spoon into the bowl.

Whisk the ingredients together until it creates a smooth batter that is thin enough to run off the spoon. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate for up to two days.

Oil being brushed onto a skillet.

Heat a 10-inch non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, brush about ½ tsp oil over the surface of the pan.

Crepe batter being poured into the pan.

Pour about ⅓ cup batter into the center of the pan, then immediately tilt the skillet around in a circle to allow the batter to thinly cover the surface.

crepe batter covering the surface of the skillet.

Getting the batter to evenly cover the surface may take a little practice, but don’t worry, even if they’re not perfectly shaped they still taste great! And it can make for a fun Saturday morning game. Once the batter is mostly set, it’s time to flip the crepe.

golden brown flipped crepe in the skillet.

Flip the crepe and cook until golden brown on the second side. The time needed to cook the crepe until golden brown on each side will vary depending on your skillet and characteristics of your stove, so you may need to play around a bit and adjust the heat as you go.

cooked crepes tucked in under a towel on a plate.

As you cook the crepes, pile the finished crepes onto a plate and cover with a clean towel to keep warm. This recipe will make about six crepes.

yogurt and jam being spread on the center of a crepe.

Once they’re all cooked, it’s time to fill and enjoy! To roll the crepes, place your fillings down the center or slightly to one side, then fold one side in over the toppings and continue to roll to the other side.

peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chips on a crepe.

To fold the crepes, place your fillings over one half of the crepe, then fold to close. 

Filled and folded crepe on a plate.

Fold in half one more time to create a quarter-round.

Two filled and folded crepes on a plate.

And then once the crepes are filled and folded or rolled, you can top them with even more ingredients like powdered sugar, whipped cream, or maple syrup.

Stacked crepes on a plate fanned out.

What is your favorite crepe filling? Share in the comments below. :)

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Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches

Impress your guests with the perfect little mini broccoli cheddar quiches. Great for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any brunch gathering.

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A couple of years ago I made these adorable little mini pecan pies, and then last year I did a pumpkin pie version, and now I’m doing it with a savory pie! Or a quiche, rather. These cute little two-bite Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches make a fun grab-n-go meal prep breakfast, or a great finger food for brunch or Easter gatherings. They’re so cute that they’re sure to impress any guest!

Mini broccoli cheddar quiches in a muffin tin.

Can I Make Them Ahead?

These little quiches are definitely best right after baking, although I still enjoyed the leftovers quite a bit. If I were making them for guests, I would definitely make them on the same day as serving. If I were making them for myself, I’d happily eat the leftovers over the span of a few days. The biggest change is that the crust softens as it is stored in the refrigerator. They’ll probably be good for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Mini Quiches?

I did test a couple of the quiches to see if they held up to freezing (mostly for meal prep purposes). I microwaved one straight from the freezer without thawing for one minute and it came out piping hot and delicious, but with a very soft crust. I allowed the second quiche to thaw in the refrigerator over night and then microwaved until warm. That method turned out about the same as the one microwaved straight from the freezer.

Try Different Flavors

You can try swapping out the broccoli and cheddar with different flavor combinations. Here are some other ingredients you can try:

  • Sausage (browned)
  • Ham
  • Onion (sautéed)
  • Bell pepper (sautéed)
  • Bacon
  • Spinach (sautéed)
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Swiss cheese
  • Gruyere
  • Smoked mozzarella
  • Parmesan
Side view of a mini broccoli cheddar quiche cut in half.
mini broccoli cheddar quiches in a muffin tin.

Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches

Impress your guests with the perfect little mini broccoli cheddar quiches. Great for Easter, Mother's Day, or any brunch gathering.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.74 recipe / $0.40 each
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 quiches
Calories 213kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 Tbsp butter, room temperature $0.80
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature $0.58
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.07

Filling

  • 2 large eggs $0.46
  • 1/2 cup milk $0.10
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.44
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 lb. frozen broccoli florets, thawed $1.08
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $0.58

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add the room temperature butter and room temperature cream cheese to a bowl. Use a mixer to whip them together until evenly combined.
  • Begin stirring in the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, until a dough forms. The dough should be soft, but not sticky.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions (begin by dividing into four pieces, then divide each quarter into three equal-sized pieces). Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then drop each one into the well of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down into the center and up the sides of the wells (see step by step photos below for more help).
  • Finely chop the thawed broccoli florets (about 1.5 cups once chopped). Shred the cheddar cheese (about 1 cup shredded). Add the broccoli and cheddar to the egg mixture and stir to combine.
  • Divide the broccoli cheddar mixture between the twelve mini pie crusts. The liquid egg mixture will not fully submerge the broccoli and cheddar in the crusts, but it will puff up and fill the crust once baked.
  • Bake the mini quiches in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until puffed in the center and golden brown around the edges.
  • Carefully transfer the baked quiches to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm, or at room temperature within two hours of baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini quiche | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 259mg | Fiber: 1g
Mini broccoli cheddar quiches on a wire cooling rack.

How to Make Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches – Step by Step Photos

Butter and cream cheese in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add 8 Tbsp room temperature butter and 4oz. room temperature cream cheese to a bowl.

whipped butter and cream cheese in a bowl.

Use a mixer to whip the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.

Finished quiche dough after flour is added.

Begin stirring in all-purpose flour, about ¼ cup at a time, until it forms a dough (it should be similar in texture to playdough). You’ll need to add about 1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour total.

Dough being pressed into the muffin tin

Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. To do this, divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces first. From there, divide each quarater into three equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them into the wells of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down and up the sides of the muffin tin wells. Make sure to get down into the corners of the well where a lot of the dough can accumulate and get too thick.

eggs, cheese, and milk in a bowl with a whisk.

Whisk together 2 large eggs, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp pepper, and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl.

Chopped broccoli on a cutting board.

Finely chop ½ lb. thawed frozen broccoli florets. You’ll want about 1.5 cups once chopped.

Broccoli and cheddar added to egg mixture.

Add the chopped broccoli and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese to the egg mixture and stir to combine.

broccoli cheddar mixture being portioned into muffin tin.

Divide the mixture among the twelve mini pie crusts.

broccoli cheddar quiches in the muffin tin ready to bake.

Don’t worry if the liquid egg and milk mixture does not come all the way to the top of the broccoli and cheddar. The egg will puff up and surround the broccoli as they bake. Just try to get a fairly even amount in each one.

Baked broccoli cheddar quiches in the muffin tin.

Bake the broccoli cheddar quiches in the preheated 350ºF oven for about 35 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown around the edges.

Mini broccoli cheddar quiches on a wire cooling rack.

Transfer the mini quiches to a wire rack to cool, then serve. The quiches should just pop right out of the muffin tin if you insert a butter knife between the tin and the side of the quiche. Just be gentle, as they will be slightly soft when hot.

broccoli cheddar quiches on a wire cooling rack, some stacked

Enjoy warm, or at room temperature within two hours of baking. Or, store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Salsa Poached Eggs

These salsa poached eggs are like a southwest spin on shakshuka—eggs poached in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with onion, garlic, and green chiles.

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If you love shakshuka, you’re going to love these Salsa Poached Eggs! Just like shakshuka, these eggs are poached in a rich tomato-based sauce, but I’ve traded in the sweet bell pepper and paprika for a sort of cooked salsa made with onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, and green chiles, giving it a southwest spin. The result is a really tasty and filling dish that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. And, as always, I’ve got multiple serving suggestions and optional add-ins for you below so you can make it your own!

Originally posted 6-7-2011, updated 2-26-2022.

salsa poached eggs in a skillet with tortilla chips and green onion on the sides

How to Serve Salsa Poached Eggs

I originally posted this recipe as a bowl meal served over grits. The tomatoey sauce goes perfectly with a hot bowl of grits, or even better yet, cheese grits, but it’s great served other ways as well. These saucy eggs also go great with tortilla chips. You can either serve the eggs in a bowl with tortilla chips crushed over top, or scoop the chips right into the sauce. Or, if you’re a rice person, serve the eggs and plenty of the sauce from the skillet over a bowl of warm rice.

What Else Can I Add?

I love this recipe because it’s really flexible. There are so many things you can add if you have them on hand. Try adding the following ingredients to the sauce:

  • Jalapeños
  • Chipotle powder (for extra smoky-spicy flavor)
  • Black beans
  • Chorizo
  • Fire-roasted corn

And you can also get creative with the toppings! Here are some extra topping ideas for your salsa poached eggs:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Hot sauce

Make 4-6 Eggs

I cooked four eggs in my “salsa” but you could probably fit six if you wanted to try to stretch it a little further!

Close up of salsa poached eggs in the skillet with tortilla chips

Close up of salsa poached eggs in the skillet with tortilla chips

Salsa Poached Eggs

These salsa poached eggs are like a southwest spin on shakshuka. Eggs poached in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with green chiles.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Israeli, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Southwest, Tunisian
Total Cost $3.96 recipe / $0.99 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 187kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 1 15oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes $1.00
  • 1 4oz. can diced green chiles $0.67
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste $0.14
  • 1/2 tsp cumin $0.05
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 cup water $0.00
  • 4 large eggs $0.93
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.20
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (optional) $0.10

Instructions

  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add both to a deep skillet with the olive oil and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), green chiles (with juices), tomato paste, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper, and water. Stir to combine.
  • Allow the salsa to come up to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Let the salsa simmer for about ten minutes, or until it is slightly thickened.
  • Use the back of a spoon to make four indentations in the sauce. Crack one egg into each indentation.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the eggs simmer in the sauce for 7-10 minutes, or until they reach your desired doneness (less time for runny yolks, more time for solid yolks).
  • Once the eggs are cooked, garnish with sliced green onion and chopped cilantro, then serve with tortilla chips or over a bowl of grits.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 706mg | Fiber: 2g

 

salsa poached egg in a bowl with grits

Shown served over a bowl of grits.

How to Make Salsa Poached Eggs – Step By Step Photos

Onion and garlic in a skillet with oil.

Start by dicing one yellow onion and mincing two cloves of garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil to a deep skillet. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft.

Tomatoes, chiles, and spices added to the skillet.

Add one 15oz. can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes (with juices), one 4oz. can of diced green chiles (with juices), 2 Tbsp tomato paste, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, and ½ cup water. Stir to combine.

Simmered salsa in the skillet, a spoon dragging to show thickness.

Allow the mixture to come up to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer the “salsa” for about 10 minutes. It should be a fairly thick sauce.

Eggs cracked into the tomato sauce.

Use a spoon to make slight indentations in the sauce, then crack one egg into each indentation (four or six eggs total). 

Poached eggs in the sauce.

Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the eggs simmer in the sauce for 7-10 minutes, or until they’ve reached your desired doneness. Set whites with runny yolks will be about seven minutes while a fully cooked yolk will take about ten minutes.

Poached eggs garnished with green onion and cilantro.

Garnish with sliced green onions and chopped cilantro (optional).

Finished salsa poached eggs with chips and green onion on the sides

Serve hot with tortilla chips or over a bowl of rice or grits. 

close up of the yolk being broken with a fork in a bowl of salsa and grits

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This deliciously cheesy sausage breakfast casserole is easy to throw together when you need a filling breakfast to feed a crowd.

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My favorite thing to do on the weekend is to have a big lavish breakfast. It’s like my way of celebrating the fact that I’m cozy at home instead of at work. 😄 And since I’m all about savory breakfast dishes, this sausage breakfast casserole is perfect. It’s cheesy, flavorful, filling, and is definitely the easiest option when you’ve got several mouths to feed. Plus, it makes great leftovers in case you want round two for lunch!

Overhead view of a breakfast casserole

What’s with the Tortilla Chips?

A lot of breakfast casserole recipes use bread, like an egg strata, but I like to use tortilla chips in my breakfast casserole. I love the toasty corn flavor they give and I think it gives the casserole a little more texture. I suggest using a thicker tortilla chip for this casserole so it can hold up to the moisture in the casserole.

What Kind of Sausage to Use

I used “country sausage” for this recipe, which is a mild pork sausage. This is the same type of sausage that you’d typically use for sausage gravy. You can also use spicy sausage, if you want your breakfast casserole to have a little kick. Here’s an example of one brand of country sausage you might see at the grocery store.

What Else Can I Add to Breakfast Casserole?

You know how I love my add-ins! Half of the fun of cooking is experimenting with adding other ingredients and toppings to your recipes. here are some other things you can add to your breakfast casserole:

  • jalapeños (pickled or fresh)
  • pickled red onions
  • green onion
  • mushrooms
  • sweet corn
  • hashbrowns
  • crumbled bacon
  • salsa (topping)
  • sour cream (topping)
  • avocado (topping)
one slice of breakfast casserole on a plate in front of the casserole dish
close up overhead view of breakfast casserole

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This deliciously cheesy sausage breakfast casserole is easy to throw together when you need a filling breakfast to feed a crowd.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $10.93 recipe / $3.64 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 to 8
Calories 752kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. country sausage $3.49
  • 12 oz. frozen peppers and onions $1.25
  • 10 large eggs $2.08
  • 1/2 cup milk $0.20
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 lb. tortilla chips* $1.50
  • 8 oz. cheddar, shredded $2.29
  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.10

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. If your frozen peppers are in strips, chop them into small pieces.
  • Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Once browned, add the frozen peppers and onions and continue to cook over medium heat until heated through. Remove the sausage and peppers from the heat and set aside.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, and pepper.
  • Use the butter to grease the inside of a 3-quart casserole dish. Place the tortilla chips in the bottom of the casserole dish and press them down, slightly crushing them until they lay fairly flat.
  • use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage and peppers to the casserole dish on top of the tortilla chips, leaving any liquid behind in the pan.
  • Add ¾ of the shredded cheddar on top of the sausage and peppers. Stir slightly to combine the tortilla chips, sausage and peppers, and cheese.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the casserole dish, then top with the remaining shredded cheddar. The ingredients will not be fully submerged in the egg mixture and that is okay. The eggs will puff slightly as they bake.
  • Bake the breakfast casserole for about 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF and the outer edges are lightly browned.
  • Let the casserole cool for about five minutes, then slice into six or eight pieces and serve.

Notes

* You don’t have to weigh the chips. Check the weight listed on the bag and approximate the amount based on the bag size. For instance, if you have a one-pound (16oz.) bag, use about half of the bag of chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 52g | Sodium: 1045mg | Fiber: 4g
A spatula lifting a slice of breakfast casserole

How to Make Sausage Breakfast Casserole – Step by Step Photos

A bag of frozen peppers and onions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. I used a bag of frozen peppers and onions to make this recipe super easy. Sometimes you can buy these diced, other times they’re in strips. If they’re in strips, just roughly chop them into smaller pieces.

sausage and peppers in a skillet

Brown one pound of country (pork) sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Once browned, add the peppers and onions and continue to cook until heated through. Set the sausage and pepper mixture aside.

milk being poured into a bowl of eggs with a whisk

Whisk together 10 large eggs, 1/2 cup milk, and ¼ tsp pepper.

casserole dish being buttered

Grease the inside of a 3-quart casserole dish with butter.

tortilla chips added to the casserole dish

Add ½ of a one-pound bag of tortilla chips to the casserole dish. Press down and slightly crush the chips so they lay a little flatter.

sausage and peppers added on top of chips

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage and peppers to the casserole dish, leaving any liquid behind in the skillet.

Cheese added to the casserole dish

Add ¾ of a shredded 8oz. block of cheddar to the casserole dish. Slightly stir to combine the chips, sausage and peppers, and cheese.

Eggs being poured over casserole

Pour the egg mixture over the casserole. The egg will not fully submerge the other ingredients.

Casserole topped with cheese

Top with the remaining ¼ cheddar cheese.

Baked sausage breakfast casserole

Bake the breakfast casserole for about 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF and the outer edges are browned.

sliced breakfast casserole

Let the casserole cool for about five minutes before slicing into six or eight pieces, then serve!

A slice of breakfast casserole on a plate in front of the casserole dish

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Leftover Stuffing Muffins

Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers in these customizable savory Leftover Stuffing Muffins. The perfect grab-and-go breakfast!

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We’re all about reducing food waste over here at Budget Bytes, so I want to make sure you’ve got plenty of options for enjoying your Thanksgiving leftovers later this week! These Leftover Stuffing Muffins have been a reader favorite since they were posted back in 2014, and since I made them again myself last week I decided to give the photos a little facelift. The recipe is the same as always, simple, delicious, and portable. ;) These tasty little savory muffins make a great grab-n-go breakfast!

Originally posted 11/29/2014, updated 11/23/2021.

close up overhead shot of stuffing muffins on a cooling rack

What is a Stuffing Muffin?

Okay, these are basically like those little egg bites that you can get at Starbucks, but with leftover stuffing added into the mix. In addition to the eggs and stuffing, I also added leftover turkey and spinach. So it’s like little single-serving baked eggs with meat, vegetables, and stuffing. Super tasty, super portable, and the perfect make-ahead breakfast!

Choose Your Ingredients

These great little muffins are a super flexible way to combine your Thanksgiving leftovers into a “new” meal and avoid Thanksgiving burnout. The bulk of this recipe is leftover stuffing (dressing), but you can add a variety of other ingredients into the mix and make them your own. Here are some other ingredients that would taste awesome in these Leftover Stuffing Muffins:

  • Chopped broccoli
  • Chopped ham
  • Roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash
  • Chopped green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Cheese (cheddar, brie, mozzarella, feta, goat)

Whatever you decide to add, make sure it’s chopped into small pieces!

Bake it as a Casserole

While I haven’t done this yet, you could definitely bake this as a breakfast casserole, just like a strata. This amount of ingredients would probably fit an an 8×8 or 9×9-inch casserole dish. You’ll need to bake it until the center reaches an internal temperature of 160ºF.

How Long Do They Last?

You’ll want to either freeze or eat these leftover stuffing muffins within a few days, assuming you made them the day after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there’s no exact lifespan of dishes like this because the freshness and safety of leftovers can depend on so many different things, like how long the ingredients stayed at room temperature before they were refrigerated, the conditions within your refrigerator, and how quickly they were able to cool down once inside the refrigerator. When in doubt, play it safe!

close up of a stuffing muffin that has been bitten into
Close up of leftover stuffing muffins on a cooling rack

Leftover Stuffing Muffins

Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers in these customizable savory Leftover Stuffing Muffins. The perfect grab-and-go breakfast!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 143kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp butter (for greasing the muffin tin)
  • 3 cups prepared stuffing or dressing
  • 1 cup chopped turkey or ham
  • 1/4 lb. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with butter, oil, or non-stick spray. Thaw and squeeze the spinach dry.
  • Add the stuffing, turkey, and spinach to a bowl, then stir gently to combine without breaking up the stuffing too much.
  • Divide the stuffing mixture between all 12 wells of the muffin tin. Leave the stuffing loosely packed in the cups so that the egg mixture can fill in around the stuffing.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Divide the egg mixture among the 12 wells, starting with 2 Tbsp per muffin and then adding a little bit more until all of the egg mixture has been used. The egg will not fully cover the stuffing, it will puff up as it bakes.
  • Bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the top. Allow the muffins to cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges to loosen and remove each muffin. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 347mg | Fiber: 2g

How to Make Leftover Stuffing Muffins – Step by Step Photos

Greased muffin tin

Start by preheating the oven to 375ºF. Grease a muffin tin with butter, oil, or non-stick spray.

Stuffing muffin ingredients in a bowl, not mixed

First, mix together your solid ingredients. This is where you can get creative. I used 3 cups of leftover herb stuffing, 1 cup of chopped Thanksgiving turkey, and 1/4 lb. of frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry). Whatever you use, make sure it’s chopped into small pieces and all vegetables have been cooked down to remove most of their moisture. 

Muffin ingredients stirred together in a bowl

Gently stir the ingredients together until combined. Try not to stir too vigorously because that moist stuffing can kind of turn into a paste if stirred too much, and you want this mixture to remain chunky.

Solid ingredients added to the muffin tin

Divide the stuffing mixture between the 12 wells of a muffin tin. Do not pack the stuffing down into the well, you want there to be some empty space to be filled in with the egg mixture.

milk and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

Whisk together 6 eggs, 2 Tbsp of milk or cream, 1/4 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper. Whisk until it’s really smooth to make it easier to pour into the muffin tins.

Egg mixture being scooped into the muffin tin

Divide the whisked egg mixture between all 12 wells of the muffin tin. To make sure you don’t run out of egg mixture, start by adding just 2 Tbsp to each well, then go back to add a little bit more to each until you’ve used all of the egg mixture. The egg will not fully cover the solid ingredients. The egg will puff up quite a bit as it bakes.

baked leftover stuffing muffins

Bake the Leftover Stuffing Muffins in the preheated 375ºF oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and crispy on the edges. Let them cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges to help loosen and remove the muffins.

Close up of leftover stuffing muffins on a cooling rack

Allow them to cool to room temperature, then transfer to an air-tight container to store in the refrigerator or freezer. A quick zap in the microwave will make them hot and breakfast ready!

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