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Breakfast Casserole

travelchow Sep 26, 2007 11:12 AM

Help! Looking for a great recipe for an egg based casserole, no wheat!
Cheeses, meats, potatoes, herbs etc. all good
Having a Birthday brunch for my Mother, husband allergic to wheat (how fun)

  1. JungMann Sep 26, 2007 01:10 PM

    I've never had a breakfast casserole before, but the thought comes to mind of a Mexican casserole with chorizo scrambled eggs topped with shredded cumin potatoes and a chipotle-cheddar sauce.

    Or perhaps take roasted eggplant and place at the bottom of the casserole, top with eggs scrambled with goat cheese and herbs, top that with roasted tomatoes, another layer of eggs, roasted fennel, and then top with parmesan crisps.

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    1. re: JungMann
      millygirl Sep 26, 2007 01:29 PM

      Christmas Morning Wife Saver.....don't let the name fool you. It's been around forever. I've made it a number of times and it's always a bit hit.


      1. re: millygirl
        pescatarian Sep 26, 2007 01:36 PM

        but the OP would have to use wheat free bread

        The most obvious thing that comes to mind is a strata, but I'm not sure how wheat free bread would work.

        1. re: pescatarian
          millygirl Sep 26, 2007 03:34 PM

          Dam, and it seemed so easy!! What the hell was I thinking......I wasn't.
          Sorry travelchow.

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      Pistou Sep 26, 2007 01:37 PM

      I haven't tried this, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work. There are some quite decent alternative-grain pastas out there (brown rice, spelt). How about noodle kugel made with one of these?

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        weezycom Sep 26, 2007 02:06 PM

        Easiest one I know -- very rich, serves however many you need it to.

        Preheat oven to 350. Take a shallow baking pan, deal out Canadian bacon in a single layer over the bottom, crack eggs one per serving over top, pour cream into the egg whites. Stick in oven, bake 10 minutes, pull out and sprinkle over all with parmesan & parsley, stick back in the oven for another ten minutes. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes before serving. Cut into approximate squares with a yolk in each serving.

        1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 26, 2007 02:13 PM

          why not do a frittata or strata with lots of veggies, cheese & potatoes?

          there are also a million recipes out there for 'casseroles' that use rice...most of them are sort of custardy, almost like rice puddings, some have fruit in them as well. could be a good option if you want to serve a sweet and a savory.

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            GSDlove Sep 26, 2007 02:27 PM

            Go to Epicurious.com and search Sausage and Egg Casserole with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella. I've made it many times (with 1/2 sweet & 1/2 hot sausage) to rave reviews. You won't be disappointed!

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            1. re: GSDlove
              travelchow Oct 1, 2007 12:27 PM

              I just saw that recipe on epicurios.com and printed it out. Nice to hear that it was really good. I will definitely try it!

            2. JasmineG Sep 26, 2007 02:40 PM

              A family friend gave me this recipe, and it's really easy to put together for family brunches. You can easily add any herbs or meats that you want, and reduce or increase the level of spice. Even if you double the recipe, keep the butter almost the same, because you don't really need that much. I've also used fresh chopped jalepenos to great success.

              Chili Cheese Pan Souffle

              (double recipe for 9x13" pan)

              1/2 stick butter
              5 eggs
              1/4 c. flour
              1.2 t. baking powder
              1/4 t. salt
              1/2 c. chopped roasted mild chilis
              1 c. cottage cheese
              8 oz. jack cheese
              8 oz. cheddar cheese

              Preheat over to 350 degrees. While preheating, place
              8x8" pan in over with butter and let melt completely.
              In a bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add the flour, baking
              powder and salt, and blend well until mixed. Add the
              melted butter, the chilis, cottage cheese, and
              cheeses. Mix gently until blended. Pour into pan in
              which butter was melted. Bake for 35 minutes or until
              puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately.

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              1. re: JasmineG
                goodhealthgourmet Sep 26, 2007 02:55 PM

                the op stated that the dish has to be wheat-free...but this recipe doesn't specify the type of flour to use.

                it's only 1/4 cup, so any replacement shouldn't alter the outcome too much.

                travelchow: is hubby allergic to wheat only, or all gluten?

                if he can tolerate spelt flour that would be your best substitute.
                if not, try rice or amaranth flour. tapioca/manioc might be too heavy.
                or, considering the other ingredients of the dish [i.e. chilis, jack], you could use corn flour or finely ground cornmeal to give it a latin twist.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  JasmineG Sep 26, 2007 04:45 PM

                  I copied and pasted that recipe, and totally forgot that it called for flour! And yeah, it's only 1/4 cup I think just for a little thickener, so I think any other flour would work fine. Thanks for catching that!

                  1. re: JasmineG
                    goodhealthgourmet Sep 26, 2007 09:05 PM

                    no problem. as a celiac i have an eagle eye for spotting potentially problematic ingredients in recipes :)

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    travelchow Oct 1, 2007 12:30 PM

                    wheat seems to bother him the most. I also have the joy of omitting dairy and caffeine, they seem to bother him also. But wheat seems to be the worst of it. So in this case he will eat the dairy!

                    1. re: travelchow
                      goodhealthgourmet Oct 1, 2007 12:52 PM

                      wheat and dairy sensitivities often go hand-in hand...it's the casein in dairy that seems to be the problem.

                      obviously in this case i'd say look for another recipe...or if you really want to try it, subsititute rice cheese. [i know most people would tell you to use soy cheese, but i'm not a proponent of soy foods in general.]

                      re: caffeine...are you sure that's really the problem? he may be reacting to the acidity in coffee [or soda] or the tannins in tea...not necessarily the caffeine.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        travelchow Oct 1, 2007 02:10 PM

                        he is an ice tea drinker (no soda) and it seems that if he eats wheat, then for several days afterwards caffeine and dairy can continue to bother him. The wheat seems to cause vertigo and congestion. He can do the dairy in moderation. Exercise is crucial in keeping the vertigo and congestion at bay. It's really too bad because pizza is a favorite for him. So I try to make dishes without wheat, who knew soy sauce had wheat!

                        1. re: travelchow
                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 1, 2007 05:43 PM


                          i have a long response to your post, but if i leave it here i think the moderators might [re]move it because it's off-topic. i'm posting it on the 'not about food' board with the subject: 'avoiding wheat.' ok?

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                            travelchow Oct 2, 2007 01:12 PM

                            thank you, I will check it out!

                2. Candy Sep 26, 2007 02:54 PM

                  Chiliquiles with a egg on top is wonderful. Best made with corn tortillas, not wheat. It was a way to use up stale corn tortillas. Hmmmm haven't made them in a long time. Maybe this weekend.

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                  1. re: Candy
                    jsaimd Sep 26, 2007 03:13 PM

                    I second this. I am Celiac so whenever I think of breakfast casserole, stratas don't work (at least I don't like the wheat free breads in them). But chiliquiles ahhhh I could live on those. And they are super easy to make!

                    Spanish tortilla is also nice, but don't skimp on the oil. It doesn't work. I think Chow.com has recipes for both, but I have never tried either recipe.

                    I know you said egg based, but chestnut crepes are super yummy. Google for a recipe, but they can be filled with berries or ricotta or both.

                  2. lynnlato Sep 26, 2007 03:05 PM

                    Another Chowhounder suggested this frittata recipe to me and I made and it was incredibly good. It's a corn, scallion & potato frittata w/ mozzarella cheese. Very easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time and served at room temp. Great w/ a green salad and maybe some fresh fruit.


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                    1. re: lynnlato
                      travelchow Oct 1, 2007 12:31 PM

                      thank you that sounds wonderful! Everybody has been so helpful!!

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                      akcskye Sep 27, 2007 05:41 AM

                      We used to make a breakfast casserole in the nursing home I used to work in, in the dietary department.

                      I adapted it to my own home recipe, so it is paraphrased...and there is a lot of "eyeing" to it.

                      8 eggs
                      8 slices of bacon
                      1 package of hashbrowns (shredded potatoes)
                      1 c milk
                      1 jar diced pimentos
                      1 8 oz package of cheese (more or less depending upon how you like it)

                      Preheat oven to 375º

                      Fry the bacon until crisp, set aside.

                      Heat the hashbrowns through.

                      Scramble the eggs.

                      Spray casserole with Pam.

                      Add the hashbrowns, milk**, eggs, pimentos (strain the juice from them first) and finally cooked bacon (cut or chopped up), and cheese...stir and make it look nice in the dish.

                      **About the milk...eyeball this...you don't want your casserole to bake off runny...so if it doesn't make your casserole "just moist", it's probably too much, so pour some off.

                      Top with a final bit of cheese, bake until warm and bubbly.

                      The variations, obviously you can add bell peppers, hot peppers, onion, mushrooms, whatever to the mix or as the topping.

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                        jules127 Sep 27, 2007 06:38 AM

                        This sounds great http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/106411. Or a crustless quiche or one made with hashbrowns such as http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip....

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                        1. re: jules127
                          jules127 Sep 27, 2007 06:41 AM

                          Okay, I don't think that 2nd link is working but it is a smoked salmon quiche with a hash brown crust.

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                            travelchow Oct 1, 2007 12:31 PM

                            okay that sounds awesome. I will definitely check out all of these!

                        2. pikawicca Oct 1, 2007 12:40 PM

                          Migas, made with corn tortillas, is a delicious Tex-Mex breakfast dish. There are many on-line recipes to give you an idea of the variations you can make.

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                          1. re: pikawicca
                            Candy Oct 2, 2007 11:25 AM

                            Another favorite of mine. Chilaquiles or Migas? Migas or Chilaquiles? Tough choice. I think I'll make chilaquiles for dinner tonight.

                          2. amyzan Oct 2, 2007 11:10 AM

                            What about baking the eggs in spicy tomato sauce and serving them over a potato and vegetable hash? It's not a casserole, but you could make many of the elements ahead--the tomato sauce, parboil the potatoes, dice the veggies. Then, in the morning, assembly and cooking would take about as much time as baking a casserole, although you'd have to be in the kitchen more. No dairy, no wheat, no cheese unless you serve it tableside.

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