Our friends Tom and Paula are visiting from Virginia, and Tom made everyone a wonderful breakfast Saturday. His breakfast casserole is outstanding, and is the perfect thing to prepare during the holidays for house guests because it makes enough to feed 8 or 10 people and preparation is easy!
10 ounce container of cottage cheese (not low fat)
6 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese (plus 2 ounces to sprinkle on top)
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup all purpose flour
Mix well. Pour in sprayed or greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Sprinkle on those last 2 ounces of the cheese. Place in oven preheated to 350 degrees on middle rack. Remove after 30 minutes, or when the middle is set. Just before serving, put back in oven on the top rack for 10 minutes to get it to brown a little on top.
Tom served this with some warmed (sliced in a 350 degree oven for 6-8 minutes) farmer's bread from the French bakery nearby, and with pan fried smoked turkey sausage. Slice the sausage diagonally into 1/2" slices. Pan fry over medium high heat. Stir often until they brown up (that caramelizes the sugars in them). When almost finished, add 2 cloves of minced garlic and stir- just until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned. Turn off heat and remove sausage to serving bowl.
Breakfast was deeee-licious. The casserole is perfect- not to light and not too heavy. The turkey sausage is a great no-guilt addition. The bread...oh, the bread...and the eggs.