Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mary Jane's Breakfast Burritos!

Sun's up!  Time to get busy in the kitchen making Breakfast Burritos, a recipe I got from my Facebook friend, Mary Jane.  

She saw that I had posted about eggs being on sale at Kroger 10/$10 and she told me it was a good time to try this recipe.  She was right!  Howdy down there in Texas, Mary Jane!  Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

Tie on a cheerful apron, gather up your goodies, and let's get to it!

Make a single batch for breakfast for your family, or make many batches for the freezer, for an easy, healthy convenience food you can use on busy days for breakfast, or for after school snacks.  

I got the sausage and the hash browns on sale, too.  It took me  a whole morning to get it done--I made four batches...  

I did a dozen eggs at a time, a dozen eggs per tube of sausage and a half-bag of hash browns per batch. You can adjust yours to your taste.

I shredded my own cheese, but you can use whatever you've got.  I used a cheddar blend, Mary Jane recommends sharp cheddar.

I cracked and scrambled a dozen eggs at a time.

Here's the recipe as I received it from my friend, Mary Jane.  I just love how she wrote it so I'm going to leave as is.

"Okay, brown a pound of sausage....I use Owen's, Jimmy Dean, whatever good sausage is on sale...the loose kind, not links...and drain in paper towel.

Add chopped onion and bell pepper to the skillet (Use a BIG one!), along with cubed frozen hash browns.

If the sausage is very lean, you might have to add a little olive oil to the pan.

Cook til tender, and add the sausage back in, a small can of green chilies, a good sprinkle of oregano (the secret ingredient!), a small sprinkle of garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, and a dozen or so beaten eggs.

Cook slowly, scrambling the eggs, until done.  Add a good handful of grated cheddar (I use sharp).  

I wrap 4 to 6 flour tortillas (I usually use the fajita size) in wet paper towels and warm in the microwave, then, on each, place some of the filling down the center of tortilla, fold up the bottom, and then fold in the sides.  Serve with salsa, if desired.  

After we finish eating, I take the leftovers and roll in tortillas that I don't even heat.

Wrap each in waxed paper and drop into a gallon freezer bag and freeze.  Then, you can just take out whatever you need, frozen, and remove the waxed paper, wrap loosely in a paper towel, and heat two at a time for about 2 minutes, ten seconds.

This makes about twenty or more, depending on how "fat" you make each burrito.  I don't over stuff them, because if I do, it is harder to completely heat them through without toughening the tortillas.  The tortilla salesman told my son to take the tortillas home, put in the fridge or freezer, and they will keep much longer.

I use the same bag over and over...just store it in the freezer when it is empty.

I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we do; it is one of our favorite breakfasts.

Mary Jane"

Brown that sausage...

Drain on paper towel.

Throw in hash browns, using olive oil if necessary, with your onions and green peppers, if you please.

Add the sausage back to the pot to keep it all hot.

Scramble your eggs either with the potatoes and sausage or separately, like I did.

Gently scramble those eggs, then add them to the pot.

And then the cheese...

Season it all....don't underestimate the importance of the seasonings!

It is at this point that you add the green chiles, if you prefer them.

Roll the fajitas while they filling is hot.  Heat tortillas first ONLY if you are going to eat them for a meal, if you are making these for the freezer, do NOT heat them first.  

Down the middle goes the filling, up goes the bottom fold, and over on each side, then lay the open side down on a cookie sheet to allow the hot fillings and cheese to "seal" your burrito.

Allow to cool to lukewarm so they don't steam up in the wrapping.

Next, wrap each individually in waxed paper.

Line them up in gallon Zip-Locs for the freezer.

All ready to label.  I wrote the heating time for the microwave, as Mary Jane had suggested for us in her recipe.  

Please note:  you may need to adjust the heating time for your microwave, and adjust accordingly.  Mary Jane recommends putting the burritos in a paper towel to reheat, and two burritos she warms in the microwave for two minutes ten seconds.  

Top them with salsa and YUM!!

All done!  Depending on the size of your shell, you can get one dozen to one and a half dozen out of your dozen eggs, tube of sausage, and half-bag of hash browns.

Time to crush these and take them out to the garden, they're good for the soil! 

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section and I'll answer them there! 



Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness! I didn't expect to be "famous" when I told you about these! I'm so honored! One thing, though, the 2 minute, 10 seconds heating time is for TWO. Such nice pictures!
Mary Jane

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Yum I am so going to make these for my family. Husband and daughter leave at five so these will be perfect for them.

Tim said...

OK I'm all in on these babies! That looks like heaven to me!