Maine Roots

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Weekly Recipe: Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Casserole

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Although this recipe is not so “weekly” – given my lengthy holiday hiatus – it is absolutely worth trying!  1,000 miles apart, both my mother and I dished up this tasty casserole for breakfast on Christmas morning.  It comes from my long-time favorite cookbook, Recipes from the Maine Kitchen, and lived up to the cookbook’s reputation in my home for delivering easy yet delicious meals.

You’ll need:

  • 2 (10 oz) packages frozen broccoli pieces, lightly precooked
  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups ham, cubed
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place broccoli on the bottom of a 9″x13″ dish.

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Mix eggs, cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper together. Spoon mixture over top of broccoli, and place cubed ham on top of the mixture.

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Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

The recipe calls for baking at 350 for 30 – 45 minutes.  When I checked it at 40 minutes, the center was still very wet.  It ended up baking for about an hour – so I’d recommend planning for a longer cook time, but check carefully – nobody likes overdone, rubbery eggs.

Looks good, smells good, tastes good!

Looks good, smells good, tastes good!

We really enjoyed this casserole – it was flavorful and filling.  For a full breakfast or brunch menu, adding home fries, a fruit salad, and toast to the table would likely do the trick.  We had ours accompanied by a crumb cake that our neighbor dropped off.

I hope you had a Christmas as merry as ours!  Best wishes for a happy 2014.

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