Thursday, December 3, 2009

John Wayne Casserole--Christmas Breakfast

This has been a tradition in my family as long as I can remember. Another contribution from Great Grandma Clara. Full of protein and lots of flavor, it's a hit among my whole family--even my little brother likes it! Easy, and definitely something you'll love. Might be a once a year item though because it has a lot of cheese and eggs in it. We're not sure where the name came from, but we LOVE it!!

John Wayne Casserole

2- 4 oz cans diced mild green chilies
1 lb monterey jack cheese, grated
1 lb cheddar cheese, grated
4 eggs, separated
2/3 c milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 medium tomatoes, sliced

Beat egg whites stiff, set aside, combine cheeses and chilies, put in greased 9x13 casserole pan. Combine egg yolks, beaten egg whites, milk, salt and pepper, and pour over cheese mixture. Use a fork to ooze the eggs into the cheese, and spread egg evenly. Bake at 325 for 30 mins. Top with sliced tomatoes, then bake again for another 30 mins. Let sit for a few (about 5-7) mins, if served immediately its a bit messy. Cooling helps it hold its shape.

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