Some time ago Brietta posted a recipe for egg casserole (it is a quick quiche-type fix-up) which has since become regular fare at my house. Perfect for those “last minute” meals.
This morning was one of those hoped for “snow days” – even the institutions of higher education canceled classes. The college boys woke up to text messages and e-mails alerting them of an instant holiday. This called for spontaneous celebration!
Off to the fridge I went. Hmmm… plenty of eggs, an assortment of cheese, and all the basics. Looks like we’ll take the ol’ standby recipe, tweak it to fit the ingredients on hand, and have a nice breakfast.
I’m including the original recipe below. The pics will include comments regarding today’s variations. This is how to cook on a budget – using basic recipes, replace the required ingredients with the things on your shelves. It will afford an inexpensive and interesting dish, guaranteed!
4 eggs, beaten
1/4c all-purpose flour
1/2tsp baking powder
1/8tsp garlic powder
10oz shredded cheese
1c. pepperoni, sausage, spinach, broccoli, ham, and/or whatever you feel like!
1c light cottage cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
2. Combine eggs, milk, flour, baking powder & garlic powder in medium bowl; beat until combined. Stir in 8oz shredded cheese, pepperoni/sausage/spinach/etc. & cottage cheese.
3. Pour into greased 9-inch pie plate and sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until golden and knife inserted into center comes out clean.
4. To serve, cut into wedges.
I typically make four recipes to feed my crew (there are alot of hungry mouths around here) and prepare them in a variety of ways: pepperoni and garlic, bacon and broccoli, red pepper and mushroom – but we had pizza last night and most of the fun things were gone.
I found instead an assortment of cheeses. Ricotta and feta cheeses were added to the cottage cheese. Mozzerella, colby, and cheddar comprised the shredded cheeses – even so I was still a bit short on cheese so there was none to sprinkle on the top. I added some leftover green beans to one of the cheese pies as well.
As they baked I remembered the container of leftover pizza sauce. Perfect accompaniment! It was quickly heated, grated Romano was set out as well, and we enjoyed our Egg Casseroles Italiano style! A fresh fruit salad, juice, and coffee rounded out our festive morning meal!