Denver Casserole

Denver Casserole
Denver Casserole. William Mahar/E+/Getty Images
Total Time 70 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 60 min
Yield 8 Servings

This is like a large Denver (or "Western") omelet, and is great as a main dish for dinner or brunch. Leftovers make a nice quick breakfast. I often put whatever vegetables I need to use up in this casserole.  South Beach dieters or those desiring a lower-calorie option can use low or nonfat versions of the ingredients - obviously the calorie count will be less.  

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 pint (16 oz) sour cream
  • 12 oz shredded cheese - jack and/or cheddar
  • 1 lb cooked ham, chopped (check to make sure it isn't loaded with sugar)
  • 1 large green pepper (or can use red), chopped
  • 1/4 C chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 F.

1. Saute onion, pepper, and garlic until beginning to soften.

2. Put eggs and sour cream in blender with salt and pepper, or whisk in a bowl. Blend well.

3. Put half the cheese into a 9X13 baking pan or similarly-size casserole dish.  Add the ham next, then the rest of the cheese, and the vegetables. Pour the egg mixture over the whole thing.

4. Bake 50-60 minutes, until top is golden brown and knife inserted into the center comes out clean (or almost so - it will continue to cook for a few minutes afterwards).


Nutritional Analysis: Each of 8 servings has 4.5 grams effective carb plus .5 gram fiber, 30 grams protein, and 533 calories

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