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Jan 07
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Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

When I say this is the Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, I mean it. This casserole has everything: eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, tater tots – the works! I drastically lightened this up from a recipe my mom used on Christmas and it’s still absolutely delicious, decadent, and super filling. This casserole makes big servings, so it’s great to serve for brunch or a hearty breakfast with a side of fruit (cantaloupe, fruit salad, berries, oranges – it goes with everything). My family loved this dish (including my almost-10-month-old baby), so I’m calling it a crowd-pleaser! Plus, each of those big servings is just 385 calories or 6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints!

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Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

I love making my own turkey sausage for casseroles like these because the flavor is amazing and if you use 99% lean ground turkey it saves a ton of WW Freestyle SmartPoints! I’ve had a few people say “but isn’t that harder?” and honestly…not really. Instead of buying ground sausage you just measure out a few seasonings and mush them into the ground turkey. That’s it! Voila! Turkey sausage! It’s super easy and you also get to know exactly what is in your sausage.

Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz frozen tater tots
  • 1 lb raw 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¾ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, divided
  • 6 slices center cut bacon
  • 6 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I used Cabot)
  • 12 raw large eggs
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions (optional – I’ve made this with and without and the scallions add freshness, but it’s good either way!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour the frozen tater tots into the casserole dish and arrange them into a single layer (you do not need to place them in a certain pattern, there will be some spaces in between, just spread them across the bottom without worry).
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey with ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, the sage, thyme, marjoram and ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Stir (or mush with your hands or a fork) until the turkey is well combined with the seasonings. Mist a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium heat. Add the seasoned turkey and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the turkey is cooked through and broken into small pieces. Remove the turkey sausage from the skillet and spread them evenly across the top of the tater tots in the casserole dish.
  2. Add the bacon to the skillet and bring back to medium heat. Cook the bacon according to package directions until crisp. Remove to a stack of paper towels to drain. Crumble the bacon and sprinkle it over top of the sausage in the casserole dish. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over top of the bacon.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, scallions (if using), remaining ¾ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Beat the eggs and seasonings with a whisk. When beaten, pour the eggs over top of the cheese layer in the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through and a toothpick inserted into the center of the casserole comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and cut into 8 servings.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
6 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
10 per serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers brand PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

Nutrition Information per serving:
385 calories, 19 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 20 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 32 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Adapted from Gonna Want Seconds

20 comments on “Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole”

  1. How can I turn your turkey sausage receipe into Italian sausage? Your receipe sounds so easy. Thanks

    • Hi Betty,
      I’ve used some other seasoning variations like the one in my Turkey Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, but if you’re looking for something specifically Italian I would suggest just googling “Italian sausage seasoning recipe”, finding one that looks good and then using ground turkey breast in place of pork. After you mush the seasoning into the ground turkey, you may want to place it in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors sink into the meat. I hope that helps! Enjoy.

  2. Hi! I love to make egg casseroles but sometimes find them to dry out when I freeze them. How do you think this will freeze?

    • I was wondering about freezing, too (in individual servings.)

    • I very rarely freeze anything so I am in no way an expert on freezing, however the recipe I adapted this from specifically states that it freezes well!

  3. Have you ever tried this with cauliflower instead of potatoes?  This sounds delicious, when I saw the teaser I was thinking that would be the replacement.  Just curious….I’m sure it wouldn’t have the crunchy texture that the potatoes have.

  4. We dont have tater tots in Ireland, have no clue what they are, would they be potato croquettes? If not, any idea what they could be replaced with? Thanks!

    • According to a Google search on What Tater Tots Are Called Around The World: Ireland – A Basket Of Little Sinners

  5. Made this for breakfast today—YUMMY!  And nice size portion.  This is a winner—thanks!

  6. Hi Emily!

    I made this for my weekly meal prep last night. I used ground chicken instead of turkey (it’s what I had on hand) and added some steamed broccoli and red pepper to bulk up my veggies for the day. It’s amazing!

    Thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  7. This is absolutely DELICIOUS.  We love breakfast for dinner at our house so this will be in our regular rotation.  Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  8. TYTYTYTYTYTYTY!! Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING! I made it for breakfasts all week. My husband loves it too. Will make again and again!

  9. Made this last weekend and it was a HUGE hit with the entire family! I used Simply Potatoes instead of frozen tater tots due to the point value (the only ones i could find local were so high in fat and calories, i opted for an alternative). I cooked them in a tablespoon of canola oil until they were crunchy on both sides and added to the bottom of the casserole dish and placed the remaining ingredients on top. Turned out perfect! Next time i will season the potatoes with some salt and pepper before cooking and maybe use some light butter instead of the oil for a richer flavor. Thank you for all the delicious recipes. You’ve changed mine and my family’s lives! You have no idea just how much!!!

    • Thanks so much for this change idea! Sounds delicious! I was considering using a bag of frozen hash browns, also to cut down on fat/calories… if you use the simply potatoes, have any idea how many FSP/serving? Thanks so much!

  10. Can this be prepped the night before and cooked the next morning?

  11. Hey Emily! So recently I’ve been buying pre cooked bacon crumbles…any estimate as to what amount of crumbles would approximately equal the bacon in this recipe 1/4c? 1/2c?? Thank you!

    • I didn’t even know they made pre-cooked bacon crumbles! Does it say on the package? I’m sorry, I have no idea what the equivalent would be. I hope it works out for you!

  12. What is the estimated serving size? 

    • Hi Amanda,
      This casserole makes 8 servings so a serving is 1/8 of the casserole. Just slice it into 8 pieces before serving!

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