Over the coming years I hope to amass a full Blue Heaven set for my dining pleasure. Thankfully mid-century china is fairly easy to come by whether through Ebay, Etsy (the shop Kolorize has amazing china), vintage shops or yard and estate sales.
Of course you need a nice hearty mid-century style dish to serve on your china. One of my favorite Holiday meals is a delicious, and fattening, breakfast casserole. It is super easy to make and really rakes in the compliments, several people have told me its among the best things they have ever eaten. I strongly recommend you bite the bullet and make it, calories be damned (you can always have fruit salad the next day).
Cowboy Christmas Breakfast Casserole
1 1/2 packages Texas Toast
1 1lb hot Italian sausage, removed from casing
1 cup whole milk
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 bunch scallions
2 tbsp minced chives
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar
Butter for greasing pan
Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Line the pan with slices of Texas Toast, cutting pieces as needed. Cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until well browned. Place the sausage on top of the Texas Toast. Whisk the eggs and milk together and stir in the pepper, scallions, chives, salt and pepper. Pour over the bread and sausage and sprinkle with the cheddar. Top with a sheet of butter foil. At this point you can store the casserole overnight in the fridge which is what I always do and then bake it in the morning. In the morning preheat the oven to 375 and place the foil covered pan in the oven for half an hour. Remove the foil and bake for 20 more minutes until puffed and brown.