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5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

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5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

There is something comforting about breakfast dishes made with fresh ingredients that are satisfying and enriching. It’s no wonder because breakfast recipes are the perfect dish for versatility. With school out for the summer, upcoming holidays, and family vacations spent at the cabin, it only makes sense that breakfast is shared with the ones we love the most.  If you ask me, it’s best shared over a hearty breakfast packed with fresh ingredients and gooey cheese.

5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

Breakfast is the most important part of the day. It seems that once summer comes, I never have enough time to do everything I need to do in a day.  What I love about these breakfast recipes is that most of them can be prepared ahead of time and cooked the following morning.  Not only does this give me time to get a head start on the morning, but I can get everything chopped up the night before with dinner and store it in the fridge for breakfast time.

Cheesy egg dishes are my go-to breakfast staple when I’m making food to share with friends and family. It’s also the perfect breakfast for a family packed summer holiday morning. They are also my go-to recipes for a busy weekday morning and for a relaxing weekend breakfast.

5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

Getting together with family for breakfast is something we all look forward to. I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be doing than sharing a hot meal with loved ones. There is something special about the holidays. I remember when I was young helping mom in the kitchen prepping for holiday meals. Sometimes, cooking would start the night before, and mom always included me in the fun.

I grew up watching her use my grandma’s recipes, and now I’m making my own to share with my family. The simple combination of cheese and eggs is a classic. Add herbs and there is plenty of savory, delicious flavor.

5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

Our family can never have enough cheese on our plate. The refrigerator is always stocked with it. In fact, family moments are made uniquely special with the love that goes into making real, natural cheese like Sargento® Shredded Cheese.

5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

All of these recipes start the same way.  The base of making delicious breakfast dishes incorporates eggs, fresh herbs, vegetables, and cheese.  I’ve incorporated Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese and Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella.  In addition, I’ve used many of the same fresh herbs in each dish to cut down on prep time.  Using two varieties of Sargento® Shredded Cheese is the perfect amount for these dishes, plus it’s convenient and delicious.

Great tasting meals start with cheese shredded fresh off the block.  Sargento® Shredded Cheese is always shredded from blocks of real, natural cheese. Add this real, natural cheese to any dish to add flavor.

5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

A lot of these recipes have been served throughout the holidays and family events.  They remain a staple as the best breakfast dishes in our home.  I can’t imagine a week without them.

Be sure to head to the store and pick up these two varieties of Sargento® Shredded Cheese to try in these recipes.  In the quest to share the love of real cheese among a community of passionate cheese lovers, Sargento® launched a campaign for the “Real Cheese People.” The idea is simple and celebrates those who prefer real, natural cheese.

5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

It’s moments like this that I get really excited about cheese! Simply put, I’m transforming food one recipe at a time using fresh ingredients.

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5 Cheesy Breakfast Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

Five fresh breakfast recipes using cheese and vegetables.  Serve for family holidays or a busy weekday morning. 

Course Breakfast

Instructions

  1. Slow Cooker Hash Browns

    1 pound bacon, chopped

    10 ounces shredded hash browns

    10 ounces diced hash browns

    1 1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

    7 ounces Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese

    5 ounces Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella

    10 eggs

    3/4 cup half & half

    6 green onion stalks

    1 red bell pepper, diced

    1 small onion, chopped

    Mexican Egg Scramble

    1.5 pounds round bottom flat steak beef, sliced

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

    1 + 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    1 teaspoon soy sauce

    5 eggs

    1 + 1/2 tablespoons cold water

    1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

    1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

    1 Roma tomato, diced

    3 ounces Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese

    2 ounces Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella

    3 green onion stalks

    1/2 jalapeño, chopped

    Salt, to taste

    Cilantro, to garnish

    Ham and Cheese Pasta

    16 ounces penne pasta

    1/2 tablespoon olive oil

    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    1 small onion, chopped

    1 cup broccoli florets, chopped

    2 garlic cloves

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    2 cups half & half

    1/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1 + 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

    2 cups fresh spinach

    1/4 cup parsley, chopped

    1 + 1/2 cups Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese

    1/2 cup Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella

    1 pound diced ham

    Amish Casserole

    16 oz bacon, chopped

    1 package breakfast sausage

    1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped

    1/2 red bell pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped

    1 jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped

    2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

    2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped

    4 green onion stalks, chopped

    12 eggs

    1 cup half & half

    1/2 cup cottage cheese

    2 cups diced potatoes (hash browns)

    1 + 1/2 cups shredded potatoes (hash browns)

    1 cup Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella

    2 cups Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese, divided

    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    1/4 teaspoon onion powder

    1/2 teaspoon paprika

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Egg and Cheese Panini

    4 breakfast sausages, chopped

    4 eggs

    1 tablespoon cold water

    4 slices Jewish Rye Bread

    1/4 cup Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese

    1/4 cup Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella

    2 eggs

    1 tablespoon cold water

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  2. Slow Cooker Hash Browns 

    Cook bacon according to package directions. Prepare the slow cooker by brushing it lightly with cooking oil. In a large bowl, toss together both varieties of hash browns, 1 teaspoon salt, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Evenly spread into prepared slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, green onions, diced bell pepper, half of the chopped bacon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and chopped onion; set aside. 

    Sprinkle both varieties of Sargento® shredded cheese on top of hash brown mixture. Pour egg mixture on top. Cover with lid and set on high for about 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Top with chopped bacon.

    Mexican Egg Scramble 

    In a medium bowl, toss together sliced steak, olive oil, lime juice, and cilantro; set aside. Meanwhile, dice bell peppers, tomato, green onions, and jalapeño. Whisk eggs and water.

    Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook beef until golden brown and no liquid remains.

    Heat another skillet over medium-low heat. Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter and cook eggs, stirring often until fluffy. Stir in beef, diced veggies and both varieties of Sargento® Shredded Cheese. Season with salt, if desired.

    Ham and Cheese Pasta

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Once done, strain and toss with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.

    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter and add chopped onions and broccoli. Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet; set aside.

    Turn skillet to medium-low heat. Melt butter and whisk in flour. The mixture will be thick. Continue to whisk it for about 5 minutes, until dark and golden brown. Slowly pour in milk, a little at a time, whisking after each addition. The mixture will bubble and get thick. Whisk in stock, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. If the mixture is too thick, add more stock. Fold in onions, broccoli, spinach and chopped parsley. Fold in both varieties of Sargento® shredded cheeses and ham.

    Amish Casserole

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

    Cook bacon and breakfast sausage according to package directions. Dice once cool; set aside. Meanwhile, chop 1 green bell pepper, 1/2 red bell pepper, 2 Roma tomatoes, 1/2 jalapeño, parsley, and green onions; set aside. 

    Crack 12 eggs into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in 1 cup half & half or milk. Stir in cottage cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. To the mixing bowl, add 2 cups diced breakfast potatoes, 1 + 1/2 cups shredded (hash brown) breakfast potatoes, 1 cup Sargento® Shredded Mozzarella, and 1 cup Sargento® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese then mix well. 

    Reserve half cup fresh veggies/herbs and 1/2 cup chopped bacon for garnish. Add the remaining veggies/herbs, bacon, and breakfast sausage to mixing bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining bacon, veggies, herbs and cheese. Bake in oven for 50 minutes or until egg mixture is set in center. Cover with foil halfway through baking. Allow casserole to slightly cool before serving.

    Egg and Cheese Panini

    Cook breakfast sausage according to package directions then chop; set aside. Whisk 4 eggs and 1 tablespoon water together. Heat grill skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Cook eggs, stirring often until fluffy. Once done, remove and chop cooked eggs.

    To assemble the sandwich, evenly spread eggs between 2 slices of bread. Top with both varieties of Sargento® shredded cheeses and chopped breakfast sausage. Top each sandwich with second slice of bread.

    In a shallow dish, whisk 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon cold water; set aside. Heat grill skillet over medium heat. Carefully dip the sandwich in the egg mixture, getting both sides wet. Place in skillet with 1 tablespoon butter for each sandwich. Use a turner to push down on the sandwich. Flip once golden brown. Repeat with the second sandwich.

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    Noel Lizotte
    06/17/2017 at 7:56 pm

    Cheese – it’s one of the main food groups! I love all of these recipes and plan to try them soon!

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    Adriana Lopez Martn
    06/18/2017 at 12:41 am

    You got me at “cheesy” love breakfast and better if it has enough cheese to make a wonderful meal. Sargento has a great variety of good cheeses too thanks for the inspiration =)

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    Mari
    06/18/2017 at 5:10 am

    So many great ideas, thank you! My family looooves cheese, will love this dishes too!

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    Soniya
    06/18/2017 at 8:26 am

    Oh me and my family loves cheese and I get sargento cheese they have good collection !!
    Loved all your dishes.. yummilicious!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    06/18/2017 at 9:40 am

    Well you can never get too much cheese…and ALL these look delicious. Cheese all day long works for me…in fact today we are having lots of cheese in our dinner plans too.

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    06/18/2017 at 11:40 am

    Let me just say that I love cheesy breakfast casseroles – in fact, breakfast foods are some of my favorites. I could have cheese for breakfast every day. Well, I could have it for lunch and dinner too. All of your recipes sound and look delicious!!

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    Veena Azmanov
    06/18/2017 at 1:30 pm

    You got me drooling at all that cheese. I love eating a good breakfast brunch on weekends and this would be perfect. Yum!!

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    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    06/19/2017 at 1:24 am

    Even though I’m dairy-free, my whole family LOVES cheese, so this is a wonderful roundup of recipes for them! And, I am glad to know I am not the only one who would consider eating pasta for breakfast 😉 Pasta is an every time of day food! 🙂

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    Mackenize @ Food Above Gold
    06/19/2017 at 9:59 pm

    I tried veganism for a summer (just to try something new) and I had the hardest time giving up cheese! It’s my go-to snack during the day and I feel like it’s in most of our meals! All of these sound so amazing!

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      Jessica Knott
      06/19/2017 at 11:40 pm

      I feel you, cheese is always stocked in my fridge but I think that’s my mid-western roots calling me out 😉

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    Molly Kumar
    06/20/2017 at 5:12 am

    All the 5 cheesy recipes looks so delicious that I’m sure people are going to have a problem deciding which one to start with first 🙂 Love them all and will try soon.

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