Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Slightly White Trash Ham and Cheese Egg Casserole

“What do you mean, ‘it’s sort of white trash?’” My mom asks me.

I blanch, unsure how to explain it delicately. “Well… you know, it basically has croutons in it.”

“Yes…” My mom says, still not understanding.

“It’s not exactly… high class.” I continue.

My response is met with a penetrating silence.

“But that’s not a bad thing!” I insist. “I love it – we all love it! I ate two helpings on Sunday!”

“Right. But white trash?” My mom presses again.

I sigh, trying to think of how to explain it without being completely offensive or inserting my foot even further into my mouth. Yet again.

“Casseroles that use processed ingredients often are considered a little white trash.” I say with finality. “Like Britney Spears’ Cheetos Chicken Casserole!”

Again, silence.

“But the white trash aspect is what’s so appealing about it! Would I want the recipe if I didn’t enjoy it?!”

“It is good…” My mom says finally.

“Yes, it is! Delicious! We scraped that entire pan clean – even Addison loved it!” I gush, referring to my niece’s enthusiastic reaction to the dish. “She wanted ‘more!’”

“Okay, I’ll e-mail you the recipe tonight.” She agrees.

I smile – completely confident that everyone will find the slightly white trash egg casserole just as endearing as my family does. Even if it does contain packaged ham, cheddar cheese and, gulp, Mrs. Cubbison’s herbed seasoned cube stuffing.

Slightly White Trash Ham and Cheese Egg Casserole
Serves 6-8

3 cups Mrs. Cubbison’s herb seasoned cube stuffing
8 eggs
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon onion salt
Pepper and seasoned salt
1 cup grated Tillamook cheddar cheese
3 cups milk
1 cup or so diced ham
Paprika (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a flat baking dish (a 9x13’’ glass pan would work fine).

Line the dish with cube stuffing. Top with a layer of cheddar cheese.

Beat together eggs, milk and seasoning with electric beater. Pour over cheese/cube stuffing. Sprinkle with ham and finish with paprika for color.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until set in the middle. It will be puffy and golden when done. Serve immediately.


H. C. said...

Heh, I think everyone has a trashy food pleasure of some sort or another . . . and I love it when people own up to them!

So, care to join me on this year's white trash wine tasting in Eagle Rock?

MyLastBite said...

Killer Hangover Meal for sure! Your mom rules.

Esi said...

I can honestly say I'm not sure I have ever had a casserole (mac and cheese?), but if it tastes good and everyone loves it...go for it!

stuffycheaks said...

OMG! I was hoping you'd post this after you showed the photo on your Tillamock Cheese entry. Looks delicious, and easy to make. yay

Anna A. said...

Go mom! I'm loving this WT casserole, esp that Tillamook cheese, which actually takes it to a higher caste. If you used the cheese whizz that would be another story.

Diana said...

HC - White trash doesn't have to mean it belongs in the trash! Unless "trash" is code word for my stomach. :)

Jo - It totally is! Should test that out sometime! Or just work on the next hangover by enjoying it with some mimosas...

Esi - Never had a casserole?!? I'd say mac and cheese definitely counts, but I think you need to expand your horizons a little. Think canned soup. And potato chips. :) :) :)

Stuffy Cheaks - It's totally easy! The hardest part is not eating the entire thing in one sitting!

Anna - Tillamook cheese FTW. FTW, I tell you!

Jenn said...

I don't care what you call it as long as I can have some. :)

Anonymous said...

This is one big plate of casserole! And I love the colors and the combination of the ingredients.
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