As the holiday season is upon us, it is the perfect time to share this recipe. I made this the first time for my family about a month ago. It has become such a hit that it has transitioned to a dinner recipe, too! Cheesy Egg Bake started as a cost effective brunch that I thought everyone would enjoy. Imagine my surprise and joy when they all fell in love.
It can be a challenge to find meals that fit all of the likes of my family. Even the little foursome that we are most of the time now have varied food preferences. This recipe ticked off many of my families boxes:
- Cost Effective
- Not Spicy
As I served the Cheesy Egg Bake for that first brunch my biggest surprise was how much Daughter Number 3 liked it. In fact, she wanted seconds. Then she asked if she could have it for breakfast the next day.
There’s another box this recipe ticks, too!
- Easily portable
The Hubs and D4 liked it. They both thought it a bit bland at that first brunch. After a few bites D3 offered up some flavoring suggestions.
Everyone agreed that they sounded good, so I used her suggestion the next time I made it.
After I made the new and improved Cheesy Egg Bake the second time it was an even bigger hit.
Within a couple of weeks I made it again; this time for dinner. One more time everyone liked it.
In all of my years of cooking this might actually be the only dish I have ever made that my family wanted to eat as leftovers. The Hubs, who has never been a fan of leftovers, saw me getting a piece of Cheesy Egg Bake out of the fridge a few days after we had it for dinner. “I was looking for that”, he said. I just smiled and heated up the last piece.
Do you have a recipe that ticks off many of the boxes that satisfy the needs of everyone in your family? What about a dish that even the leftovers are sought after? If you don’t, Cheesy Egg Bake might just be the one!
I think it is a perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for your holidays!
Cheesy Egg Bake
- ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- 2 cups grated cheddar (see note)
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon chives
- ½ Tablespoon chopped parsley
- 12 eggs (beaten)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 baking dish.
- In a medium bowl combine melted butter, cottage cheese and cheddar. Stir in flour, baking, powder, pepper, salt , chives, and parsley. Whisk in the beaten eggs until combined. There will still be lumps from the cottage cheese.
- Pour into greased pan and bake 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and set in the middle.
- Remove from oven to cool 5-10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
Note: To make this lower in fat use mozzarella cheese and lower fat cottage cheese.
Note 2: The seasonings can be altered to your families taste.
Note 3: I have used as few as 8 eggs in this recipe, which makes it less fluffy and more dense.