Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Catalina Queso Egg Casserole

Today is the last day of a quick family trip to Florida.  We do this every year at Presidents Day to take advantage of a few days off from school and break up our dismal Ohio winters with some Florida sunshine.  This year we arrived very late and found ourselves starving once we got to the house.  Rushing, airport food and flying don't always agree with me.  Luckily, we were greeted by a attentive staff who knew just what we needed.  And by staff, I mean my fantastic mother who had beds ready and as well as this wonderful egg dish!  It was a great start to a min-vacation.  We'll miss the sun, surf and family time together but it's back to reality for us tonight.  I'm just thankful I can take this recipe with me! 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 lb. shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
1 pint cottage cheese
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 4-oz. can diced green chiles
1 cup diced ham
2-3 green onions, chopped
Salsa for serving if desired
(Next time I may add some finley shopped red peppers too!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl combine grated cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, milk, flour, chilies, ham and green onions.  In a 9x13 pan, place butter and toss in oven until melted.  Remove and pour half of butter into egg mixture and stir well.  Leave remaining butter in pan.  Pour egg mixture into warm dish and bake for 45 minutes or until golden on top.  Cut and serve with salsa if desired!

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