Breakfast Bake

Today we’re taking on another recipe that has been in Melissa’s family forever, a breakfast bake. Don’t feel constrained by the title, eat it whenever you want to.

This recipe is great because it has a lot of ingredients you just tend to have. I cleared out my fridge with things that needed to be used up, including a few rando bagels and eggs we forgot we had. 

Warning, this recipe contains spinach. Don’t leave it out! Between us adults- if your little one (or husband) decides to pick out the spinach, that’s cool. Let her do it, but make sure she is the one that touches it. The more kids touch foods they’re not certain about, the more likely they will give it a try next time. That’s science.

Thanks for joining us with some Foublie fun. See you next time.

Designed for little ones 2-4, all are welcome. You’ve got this!

TOOLS

  • Knife
  • 2 Mixing spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Frying pan
  • 2 Mixing bowls
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Baking dish
  • Paper towel

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 Eggs
  • ½ Pound sausage (about 3 links)
  • 3 cups milk
  • Black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Everything but the bagel seasoning
  • 1 package of shredded cheese
  • 1 bag of prewashed spinach
  • 1 small onion chopped 
  • Butter or cooking spray to grease the baking pan
  • 8 cups bread (stale works great!)

PARENT PREP

Wash hands

20+ seconds.

Water and soap.

You know the drill.

Get the ingredients out

All of em.

Prep the onion and spinach

Dice or chop the onions. Whatever works for you.

For the spinach, chop it up or not. Also your call.

Sautee the onions, sausage, spinach and spices

Onions first for 2 mins

Add 1 tablespoon of spice mix

Add the sausage, cook it through

Add a couple handfuls of spinach and stir. It will shrink. Repeat.

Remove from heat and set aside.

PARENT + LITTLE ONE STEPS

PLEASE ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO CHILDREN WHILE YOU ARE COOKING.

Wash hands

20+ seconds.

Water and soap.

One more time, with the little ones!

Tear

Pull apart the bread.

Aim for small pieces about 1-2 inch cubed.

Crack eggs

Attempt to keep shells out.

Whisk the eggs together to break the yolks.

Good luck!

Measure and mix

Measure out the milk and the other tablespoon of the spice mix. 

Mix it all together.

Grease

We love the butter and paper towel trick.

Or use some spray, whatever works. Please grease the pan.

Build the layers

Layer 1: Bread. Make the crumbs cover the whole bottom in one single layer. Safe the rest for later.

Layer 2: Sausage + spinach mix.

Layer 3: Cheese. Sprinkle is all over.

Layer 4: Bread. You might not need it all. (Go feed the birds!)

Layer 5 – Pour the egg mix over everything.

Press

Use a spatula. Press down the bread so the egg mix covers the bread.

This keeps it from burning on top and spreads around the egg.

Fridge-time

This needs to sit for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Overnight is best.

Note: finding a spot in the fridge may be the hardest part of this recipe.

Preheat oven and bake

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. This depends on the size of the dish.

Check: the top should be brown.

Oven with tea towel

Time to eat!

If you have patience, try to let this sit for about 10 minutes. 

You may have noticed there is spinach in this dish. Serve it even if your little one hates green things. They should pick it out themselves (not you!). If they touch spinach, that counts as exposure and that is a proven strategy to get your kid to eat more things.

You’ve got this!