Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Apple Breakfast Lasagna

This is a guest post by Dennis Consorte

Apple Breakfast Lasagna is a fun, fresh take on breakfast that’s part breakfast and part dessert. It has all the calcium and vitamin A you need plus some iron, vitamin C and protein. It’s a popular kid-friendly favorite that adults will enjoy as well. Easy to prepare in under an hour, this dish is definitely worth a try. To make this “lasagna” you’ll need several sweet and savory ingredients including 1 cup of sour cream, 1/3 a cup of packed brown sugar, 2 pkg. (12 slices) frozen French toast, ½ lb. sliced boiled ham, 2 cups (8 oz.) Colby-Jack Cheese, divided, 1 can (20 oz.) apple pie filling and 1 cup of granola with raisins.  This unique mix of ingredients complement each other nicely from the ham and the cheese to the brown sugar and French Toast.

This delicious dish is easy to prepare, so feel free to enlist the help of children for a fun family project. Start by blending the sour cream and brown sugar in a small bowl and refrigerating the mix. Then, place 6 French toast slices in the bottom of a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Layer your ham, 1-1/2 cups of cheese and the remaining French toast. Next, spread your apple filling over the top and sprinkle with granola. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and when it’s ready, bake the breakfast lasagna for 25 minutes.  Finally, top with the remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot.  Once again, spread apple filling over the top and sprinkle with granola. Now, your whimsical breakfast treat is complete. This lovely layered delight is perfect for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries and makes a perfect breakfast in bed.  The apple breakfast lasagna serves six and easily can go beyond breakfast as a dinnertime dessert or indulgent snack. You can serve it with whipped cream or fruit for an added sweet treat.

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