Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas Morning Casserole

Every year on Christmas morning we make this egg casserole that we call Christmas Morning Casserole before we open presents.  When our children were younger, they did not like to eat breakfast before the present opening, but this year I took the jingle bells to wake them up, and, GASP, they didn't even get into their stockings until after breakfast.  This was the casserole that my mother-in-law, Geniel, served in my husband's home for Christmas.  It is the perfect casserole for Christmas morning, as it is very substantial and filling, since we usually don't eat lunch on Christmas day.  We usually serve it with some potato patties and some fruit.
Of course you don't have to wait until Christmas to make it...

Just wanted to give you a view of my Christmas-y silver plated serving ware.  There is a tree and snowman too.  I think they were made by the International Silver Company.

Christmas Morning Casserole Recipe
11 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 cube) melted butter
1 pint small curd cottage cheese
8 ounces grated Monterey Jack cheese
8 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
1 4-ounce) green chilies
1 pound cubed ham or 1 pound cooked bacon,
cut into small pieces

Beat eggs in blender.  While blending eggs, add flour, salt, baking powder, and butter.  In a separate large mixing bowl, mix cottage cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Cheddar cheese, chilies, and ham or bacon; blend well with large spoon.  Add egg mixture to cottage cheese mixture and mix well.  Pour into a 9 x 13-inch buttered casserole dish.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and then reduce oven heat to 350 and bake for another 20-25 minutes.  Bake uncovered and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.  May be mixed the night before, covered, and refrigerated, so it can be baked the next day.


Sue said...

Looks delicious! You are right, it would be yummy ANY day of the year. Happy New Year, Joni!

Sarah said...

Joni, I like to serve breakfast casseroles on occasion, so thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks delicious!
Hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday. All the best to you in 2014. Thanks for your friendship across the miles. '-)

Lynn said...

That would get me out of bed too! Sounds like a perfect start to the day:@)

La Table De Nana said...

Must be so good Xmas morning!Very cute Servingware too..
All the best for the New Year!

Velva said...

This egg casserole looks delicious. Perfect for Christmas morning or any time of year.

Happy New Year!


Bonnie said...

I make a similar casserole Joni but without the cottage cheese and the ham. I've put this on my "to make" list. It looks delicious. I hope your holiday was filled with family and fun.

Beth said...

Your casserole looks delightful, Joni! Yum! Wanted to let you know I made your grandmother's toffee this Christmas and it was absolutely fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope 2014 brings you much joy.

Debbie said...

This recipe is totally different from any other breakfast casserole recipe I have ever made. I'm making a beeline to pinterest so I don't lose track of it. I want to make it the next time I have girls home.

(Which won't be until Easter at the earliest for one of them, but I'm already looking ahead rather than wallow in the doldrums.)

Jacqueline said...

It looks wonderful and I love your serving spoon. We always open stockings and then 2 gifts and then stop for a big breakfast and then go back. It is always fresh squeezed orange juice, bacon, cheesy eggs and biscuits and gravy. The kids didn't like stopping but now they love it - it makes it last longer. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!
Still love your Naughty Table - classic!