Chicago’s own Chef Jeff Mauro is the host of the Food Network series Sandwich King. Do you like sandwiches? Of course you do. Well Jeff is opening his first ever restaurant this December right here in Bucktown called Pork and Mindy’s. It will focus, of course, on sandwiches but also celebrate the chef’s love for local music and art.
Jeff also recently launched a line of delicious, all-natural sauces that you can buy at Mariano’s or on the restaurant’s website. The fast-casual restaurant will feature those sauces on their slow-smoked sandwiches as well as salads, sides and desserts.
Fun fact: Jeff graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, which is just a hop, skip and jump away from my hometown, Morton, Illinois. Somehow we both made it out of there alive. Match made in sandwich heaven!
The folks at Pork & Mindy’s must have turned on their sandwich-lover radar, because they somehow stumbled upon me and asked if I would make one of Jeff’s favorite holiday recipes at home. Of course I said yes! And of course I chose the breakfast casserole.
When it comes to the holidays, I always like to think of simple, but delicious items you can make to feed a crowd. (Bonus points for being able to prepare it ahead of time.) A breakfast casserole is the perfect way to accomplish this.
It is super easy to make. You can bake it a day ahead of guests’ arrival and just nuke up servings in the microwave as people wake up. And who are we kidding? Everyone is going to be hungover AF and will need a nice rich slice of heaven to soak up their remaining alcohol.
I also knocked this one out with one pan. And it gets better… it was in a cast iron. Which means you don’t even have to really clean the pan. I mean… victory is yours.
If you don't have a large cast iron, you can also assemble this in a greased 13x9 pan. (My cast iron is a 12" diameter and a 10-cup capacity.)
Full disclosure: I made this dish with zero guests in my home (my husband was even away for work). So I ate the whole thing by myself. (Totally kidding, obviously.)
This is perfect for freezing and keeping on hand for when those pesky guests are around. After baking, let the casserole completely cool, then cover and freeze the whole thing, or portion out and freeze individually. This will stay good in the freezer for about three months.
Have a great weekend!