Todd's friend Mike is in town for the weekend to help him teach hunter's safety. I thought I'd make a nice, hearty man meal for them before they spent the day talking guns, shooting, and all the other things covered in a hunter's safety class.
I read over a couple recipes (mostly The Pioneer Woman's which I modified slightly) to get the general idea then went to work.
The Pioneer Woman doesn't put the sausage in her gravy, something I wanted to do. So, I changed that. I also used mostly skim milk and smaller biscuits to help cut back on the bad-for-you-ness of the meal. That is the predominate reason I have never made biscuits and gravy: the amount of fat and salt in this meal makes it good for a special occasion breakfast only.
And, I know this is a weird reason, but I also never made it because it just seemed difficult in my mind. I couldn't make the gravy part work in my head for some reason. I remember seeing Linds H. make it at her house once and I was super impressed. For some reason, this was a meal only my grandmas and aunts made...
It came out pretty good for my first time, but it was WAY too salty! I thought I had accommodated for the added salt the sausage would add to the gravy, but I miscalculated. I had to go back and dilute it with more milk. After that it wasn't bad...
I also made this egg and green chile casserole which came out very, very good. It was its inaugural run as well. We all really liked it. This will be a keeper.
The guys ate then headed out, bellies full and ready to face the day!
Here's the egg recipe. Give it a try... If you like eggs you'll really like this!
Egg and Green Chile Egg Casserole
2 tbsp. butter, melted
5 large eggs, beaten (You could probably use egg beaters here with no problem. I may experiment with that in the future.)
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese (I wondered how this would work in the casserole, but it turns out just dandy!)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
One 4-oz can diced green chiles
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a small casserole dish with the cooking spray. (Isn't my new casserole cute? I got it last weekend in Boulder, Colo., at World Market! I was very excited to make the eggs in it this morning!)
In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, cheddar, chiles, flour, baking powder, salt, and butter.
Pour into the prepared casserole and bake until set in the middle - about 35 to 40 minutes.
Todd's comment: "Wow! These eggs are good! Very light and fluffy!"
Just a little testimonial on how good the casserole is.