In 2005 when my blog was brand new I visited my step-sister Karyn in California and one morning for breakfast she made this elegant breakfast casserole with artichokes, goat cheese, and Canadian bacon. I wrote down the recipe and posted it on my blog, where I named it Karyn's Breakfast Casserole with Artichokes, Goat Cheese, and Canadian Bacon. It's been hanging out in the archives for all these years without a photo. Now that I'm trying to update all those old posts, it struck me that this would make a great recipe for Easter brunch, so I'm featuring it as the first in a series of posts with some suggestion for your Easter menu.
(Before you make this you may want to read Basic Instructions for South Beach Diet Friendly Breakfast Casseroles which has instructions for different sizes of pan and ingredient options for this type of breakfast casserole. This recipe was revisited and updated with photos and added to Easter Recipes April 2011.)
You can use canned artichoke hearts, but I greatly prefer frozen ones for this recipe. Let them thaw overnight in the fridge and drain well, then cut in half lengthwise.
Pour eggs over the other ingredients. (I like to take a fork and gently "stir" so the eggs are well-distributed in the other ingredients.)
Bake about 45-50 minutes, or until the eggs are well set and the top of the casserole is lightly browned. (I got distracted and let mine get a tiny bit more brown than I wanted, but it still tasted great!)
Karyn's Breakfast Casserole with Artichokes, Canadian Bacon, and Goat Cheese
(Makes 8-10 servings, recipe created by my step-sister Karyn.)
1/4 cup cream, half and half or milk (use milk for South Beach Diet)
1 pkg (12 oz) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
6-8 oz. Canadian bacon, cut off rind and dice small
4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
8 oz. grated Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese (low-fat cheese would be best for South Beach)
2 green onions, thinly sliced, then chopped
Vege-Sal (or salt) and pepper to season eggs
1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional)
1/2 tsp. dry oregano (optional)
1/2 tsp. hot pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray 10 X 14 glass casserole dish with nonstick spray.
Thaw artichoke hearts, then slice each in half lengthwise. Put in colander and gently squeeze in handfuls to remove as much water as you can. Spread artichokes over bottom of casserole dish.
Put grated cheese, goat cheese and diced Canadian bacon over artichokes, making sure each ingredient is evenly distributed. Sprinkle spices and diced green onions over artichoke-meat-cheese mixture.
Put eggs in large bowl and beat vigorously with the cream or milk until completely combined. Season eggs with salt and pepper to taste. Pour egg mixture over other ingredients, then use a fork to gently stir so that the artichokes, meat, and cheese are evenly distributed in eggs.
Bake about 45-50 minutes or until eggs are well set and top of the casserole is slightly browned. Serve hot.
South Beach Suggestions:
This low-glycemic recipe would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but it might be considered a "once-in-a-while treat due to the amount of cheese. Instead of Monterey Jack or Mozzarella I used "Pizza cheese" which is a blend of Mozzarella, Provoline, Romano, and Parmesan that has only 6 grams of fat per ounce. The goat cheese used in this recipe is the Chevre or Montrachet type that comes in a log, look for types that have 6 grams of fat per ounce for that too.
More Breakfast Ideas for Easter Brunch:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Breakfast Casserole with Spinach, Leeks, Cottage Cheese and Goat Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen
Breakfast Casserole with Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sausage, Mushrooms, and Feta Baked with Eggs from Kalyn's Kitchen
Breakfast Casserole with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen
Mexican-Style Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner Eggs from Inn Cuisine
Scotch Eggs from Big Red Kitchen
Egg and Cheese Casserole with Leeks, Red Pepper, and Bacon from The Perfect Pantry
Eggs Florentine Casserole from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Baked Egg Casserole from Macheesmo
Asparagus Tart from Culinary Types
Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.