Country singer and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery shares his favorite Christmas recipe for Mama's Breakfast Pie.
- Posted on Dec 11, 2015
In this excerpt from Country Faith Christmas by Deborah Evans Price, country singer and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery shares his favorite Christmas memories and the dish that can always be found on his family's table during the holidays.
We don't really have any crazy Christmas traditions but we always go to our Christmas Eve service at First Baptist Church in my hometown, Garner, North Carolina. That's just a given.
That's the church I grew up in. I always sang in the choir -- one year I was Joseph in the play. After church, we read the Christmas story before bed, or sometimes we read it before we open the presents on Christmas morning. (It depends on how tired we are Christmas Eve.)
Celebrating the birth of our Savior and spending time with family is what Christmas is all about for the McCreerys. On Christmas morning, when we wake up, my sister, Ashley, gets her presents in green and mine come wrapped in red. I don't know about everybody else, but that's how [Santa] does it in the McCreery house.
After opening presents, I always enjoy going to see both sets of grandparents at Christmas. One set lives on the East Coast and the other set lives in the hills of North Carolina.
In Eastern North Carolina, my grandma is very country and they do Christmas the traditional way. Then you have my Puerto Rican grandmother Paquita -- it's a whole different ballgame for her. She's all about the celebration! There's lots of tinsel on the trees and her decorations are more flamboyant.
My grandaddy was the one who gave me my first guitar when I was ten. I had no clue what I was doing with that thing at first.
I was just going around strumming it, but that got me into guitar lessons, which led to me singing. That first guitar sparked the public singing outside of church.
My grandaddy had no idea at first how his Christmas gift would change my life.
While there are so many things that make Christmas fun, it's important to me that people remember the reason for the season. That's why on my Christmas record we have plenty of songs about why the Christmas season is all about the birth of our Savior. I feel it's important for a guy like me, who's on a platform, to share that Good News with the world.
There's sausage and eggs and cheese -- and she'll try to hide some healthy stuff in there too without us knowing. Breakfast pie is always part of our Christmas morning.
|*1 roll (12 oz.) breakfast sausage*||*1 package McCormick Original Country Gravy Mix*|
|*2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese*||*6 slices bread, cut into 1-inch cubes*|
|*6 eggs, beaten*||*Paprika*|
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F..
2. Cook crumbled sausage in large skillet on medium heat until brown, stirring occasionally.
3. Sprinkle cheese over sausage.
4. Beat eggs, water, milk and gravy mix in medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended.
5. Pour over cheese.
6. Arrange bread cubes evenly over mixture.
7. Drizzle butter over bread if desired and sprinkle with paprika.
8. Bake, uncovered, 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
9. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Reprinted with permission of Regnery Faith