Here's one for the guys! Or gals. Or kids. It's so easy. I say it's for the guys because your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/husband will love you forever if you make this. It is so easy and versatile depending on your taste preferences. It ALSO lasts for a week or so and is such a quick fix for breakfast in the mornings when you're running late or just don't feel like making anything.
We make this recipe almost every time I go home (Iowa) and it's always different! It's also always yummy. The recipe started from my cousin's wife Isabel in California and keeps making its way East so I had to pass it on.
I decided to make the casserole two different ways to show how different it can be. I'll post the base of the casserole and then what I decided to add as variations for ingredients.
Serves 8 (double or triple the recipe depending on needs/company in the house)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking POWDER
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 lb shredded cheese of your choice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Bake in a casserole dish at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until casserole is cooked through.
That is the basis and you can add meats and/or vegetables depending on what you want to do. The first casserole I made had Italian flavors. I added the following:
Shredded cheese was a 5 cheese Italian blend
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
1 small Roma tomato, diced
1 shallot, sliced thinly
Parmesan cheese grated on top
The second casserole I made had Mexican flavors. I preferred the second one overall but it depends on what you're in the mood for really. For this second casserole, I added the following:
1 lb ground chorizo
1 can diced green chiles
1/2 small onion, diced
Shredded cheese was a Mexican blend with pepperjack cheese as well
I cooked both of these on Sundays and had them to eat throughout the week. As noted earlier, you really can use whatever cheese you have around, put in whatever veggies and add whatever meat you would like. It's very easy to make and will make you a hit in your house!