One of my favorite things to do on a special holiday morning, be it Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, is make a warm and hearty breakfast to enjoy with my family as we gather at my parents’ house, where the celebrations usually take place. Often times the recipes I choose can be time consuming though, keeping me in the kitchen instead of out with the rest of the gang enjoying the festivities. Cinnamon rolls have to be risen, rolled, then risen again; stuffed French toast has to be, well, stuffed, and breakfast casseroles require prep work followed by several hours of refrigeration before being baked.
Who has the time?!
Enter the “un” casserole. Egg Un-Casserole combines all the elements of a filling, comforting egg casserole including eggs, cheese, vegetables and REAL butter, but cooks up quickly on the stove-top before being popped under the broiler to melt an irresistible, cheesy top. It’s so easy I find myself not wanting to wait for those special holidays to come around, and often whip it on the weekends to enjoy with my husband and a hot cup of coffee.
2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
3 tablespoons butter, melted & divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 dashes hot sauce (optional)
2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli, cooked
1 cup (about 4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1 green onion, sliced
2 slices good quality bread, toasted
Preheat broiler on high and place rack in the middle of the oven. Whisk together eggs, egg whites, 2 tablespoons melted butter, pepper, salt and hot sauce in a large bowl until well combined. Add baby spinach, broccoli, 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and green onion, and stir to combine. Cut toast into 1” squares and stir into egg mixture.
Heat a large, oven-proof skillet over medium heat on the stove and add remaining butter. Pour in egg mixture and cook until the sides have set but top is still slightly jiggly, about 3-4 minutes, running a spatula around the edges of the skillet often to prevent sticking.
Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top and place skillet under the broiler. Broil until top is set, and cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 5-7 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve.
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