Jackpot: Well Loved Family & Well Loved Recipes

Debbie Moreland loves to cook brunch for a crowd. While her favorite time is Christmas morning, she can be found in the kitchen of the church she attends, Robinson and Center St. Church of Christ OR in the Bethlehem House Kitchen many nights.

In addition to her favorite crowd - family of 30+ family members - Debbie's recipes are in high demand at ladies lunches, church events, and all the showers one can imagine.

How do I know? I've personally watched the 'fan-frenzy' over her recipes at the events and for weeks following.

Recipes Debbie shares with us are, she says "these are the recipes that family expects me to have year after year."

Her favorite family breakfast for a crowd? Sausage balls, breakfast casserole, coffee cake, and cream cheese Danish. She also has I biscuits and pancakes with homemade chocolate syrup.

Think we can wrangle an invitation?

TRADITIONAL SAUSAGE BALLS

1 pound of sausage
1 pound of grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups of Bisquick

In a large mixing bowl, mix the uncooked sausage and cheese. You will have to use your hands to mix it thoroughly. Work the Bisquick into the mixture. Make sure it is all incorporated. Shape into large marble size balls. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.

Debbie, a retired teacher, says when her now 45-year-old niece was asked by her teacher what her favorite Christmas tradition was. She said it was her Aunt Debbie’s sausage balls Christmas morning! How fun is that?

BLUEBERRY CHEESE DANISH

2--- 8-ounce cans crescent rolls
1 large egg, separated
2--- 8-ounce cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup sugar
1 can blueberry pie filling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 9 X 13 pan. Unroll

1 can of rolls and press into pan. Bake 5 minutes. Cool. Beat egg yolk, cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over dough. Spread pie filling over this. Put the remaining can of rolls on top. Whisk egg white and brush over the dough. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

CHEESE STRATA
(great breakfast casserole)

½ pound ground sausage
8 slices of day old bread
8 oz. grated sharp cheddar
4 eggs
2 ½ cups of milk
1 ½ teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
½ teaspoon prepared mustard

Brown sausage and drain. Trim crust from bread. Butter the bread and break into bite-size pieces. Cover bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish with the bread. Top with the grated cheese. Then sprinkle on the sausage. Beat eggs and blend in remaining ingredients. Pour over bread-sausage mixture. Cover and let stand 1 hour at room temperature or several hours in the refrigerator. Remove and bake in 325-degreeS oven for 1 hour.

I got this recipe from one of my favorite aunts. I triple the recipe for the family gatherings. Cooking time is increased when you double or triple the recipe.

BISCUIT MIX COFFEE CAKE

2 cups biscuit mix
2 Tbls sugar
2/3 cup water
1 egg

Topping:

1/3 cup biscuit mix
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup butter

Combine 2 cups biscuit mix, sugar, water, and egg in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well. Spread in a prepared 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle topping over the top.

Topping: Combine 1/3 cup biscuit mix, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter.

Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

COFFEE PUNCH (our fav)

3 cups strong coffee
2 cups sugar
1-quart milk
1-pint heavy whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla

Dissolve sugar in hot coffee. Let set to room temperature. Add milk, cream, and vanilla. Stir. Pour into gallon freezer bags. Put in freezer long enough to freeze. Allow 1 ½ hours to thaw to slushy consistency. Overnight, about 8 hours, freezes to the slushy stage.

While Debbie says, "I got this recipe from my lifelong friend Cathy Langford Wood."

We think Debbie receives and gives recipes to many friends and family all the time. #LUCKYUS