Roasted Green Chile Breakfast Casserole

Who doesn’t love a great breakfast casserole?  Especially one that is full of flavor, easy to make and even better the next day!  My mom and dad have been raving about this recipe for over a year now but I just got around to making it last week and boy am I sorry I waited so long…

Back in my gluten, grain and “not so healthy” conventional grocery store days I regularly made a Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole for my family…loaded with white tortillas, canned soup (!!!), canned green chile enchilada sauce (was there even green chilies in there?) and lots of bright yellow cheese.   It doesn’t sound too appetizing when the ingredients are listed out that way but it was very, very tasty and one of our favorite weeknight meals!  Thankfully, I was able to duplicate the recipe using nutritious, healthy, organic and gluten-free ingredients so my family could still enjoy it.  However, since I have been grain-free for the last year or so this dish has been off the menu for me…until now.

Enter the Roasted Green Chile Breakfast Casserole…layers of green chilies rather than corn tortillas, a creamy egg mixture in place of the soup and sauce and lots of cheesy goodness pull it all together along with raw pumpkin seeds toasted on top for a bit of added crunch.  I usually add some sort of meat (whatever I have leftover in the fridge that needs to be used up) but the original recipe is meat-less.  Included in this post is the “original” recipe for the casserole that I got from my mom and also mine with a few alterations.  You will find that this recipe can be adapted very easily to your families liking, dietary needs and size.

Layers of roasted green chilies, cheese and eggs...yum

Roasted Green Chile Breakfast Casserole (Original Recipe):

Serves 8

12-14 roasted whole green chilies

8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded

8 oz Monterrey jack, shredded

4 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9×13 glass baking dish.

Wash, peel and seed chilies.  Drain chilies on a paper towel, be sure to keep chilies whole, do not chop.  In a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, cream and salt.  To assemble casserole layer green chilies on bottom of prepared dish, top with 1/2 of cheese, repeat layer of chilies and cheese, pour egg mixture over chilies and cheese, sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

My version in an 8x8 dish, serves 4

Here is my recipe…the original is perfect as is but I wanted to scale it down for two (with leftovers) and also add a bit more protein and little less dairy.  I enjoy it with a side of sour cream, salsa or avocado…it is so delicious.

Roasted Green Chile Breakfast Casserole (adapted):

Serves 4

12-14 roasted whole green chilies

2.5 oz raw sharp cheddar, shredded

2.5 oz raw Monterrey jack, shredded

4 oz cooked chicken, beef or pork, shredded or chopped

4 eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 8×8 glass baking dish.

Wash, peel and seed chilies.  Drain chilies on a paper towel, be sure to keep chilies whole, do not chop.  In a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, cream and salt.  To assemble casserole layer green chilies on bottom of prepared dish, top with 1/2 of cheese, 1/2 of meat, repeat layer of chilies, cheese and meat, pour egg mixture over chilies and cheese, sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

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Gluten Free Wednesdays

Coconut Flour Aebleskivers

Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, in fact I could eat breakfast food for all my meals, I love it that much.  I was recently watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate… on the Food Network, the Breakfast Food episode where Aaron Sanchez was eating these little fried puffed pancakes dunked in warm maple syrup…I had to have them!  I started doing some research on what exactly they were and how I could make them healthier, of course.  I searched for puffed or stuffed pancakes and the only thing that popped up was Aebleskivers, which are traditional Danish pancakes in the shape of a sphere…in America that simply means a puffed pancake.  I couldn’t wait to try to make them and knowing this also meant I was going to get a new pan as well!  I had seen the stuffed pancake pans in Williams Sonoma but for some reason they were never that appealing to me, that is until I saw those babies on TV, who knows…I may have just been hungry that day!  At any rate, I have experimented a bit with several gluten-free pancake recipes and a few different fillings, the possibilities are endless with this breakfast food.  If you are not gluten-free a simple buttermilk pancake mix works beautifully along with any filling.  Gluten free mixes are a bit more challenging as you will need to make sure the batter is pretty light and airy otherwise the Aebelskiver will not cook all the way through and will be slightly doughy in the middle, ick.  Now, since I am grain-free as well, I wanted to try to make the Aebleskivers with a coconut flour pancake recipe…to be perfectly honest I didn’t expect them to turn out, especially on the first try.  Surprise, surprise, this was actually my most successful attempt…they were perfect, light and airy, done in the middle and YUMMY!

Aebleskiver with honey drizzle

I used the Coconut Flour Pancake recipe from Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife and stuffed them with chopped apples that I heated on the stove with some apple juice and cinnamon until they were soft.  The picture here shows them topped with a honey drizzle, they are also great dunked in maple syrup.  I eat mine with some additional cinnamon apples on top and a dollop of fresh whipped cream rather than syrup or honey…although they are great plain or hot off the pan with some butter too. Serve these with a side of homemade Maple Sausage and your good to go!!!
Coconut Flour Aebleskivers
2 eggs
2 T. coconut oil or butter, melted
2 T. coconut milk or whole milk (any nut milk would work here too)
1 t. palm sugar (or other sweetener)
1/8 t. salt
2 T. coconut flour, sifted
1/8 t. baking powder (grain free)
1/4 cup filling of your choice (cinnamon apples, raspberry jam, chocolate chips, almond butter and banana)
Blend together eggs, oil, coconut milk, sweetener and salt.  Combine coconut flour and baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter.  Let batter set for about 5 minutes, it will be thick. Heat Aebleskiver pan over medium heat, brush each cup with melted butter or coconut oil.  Spoon 1/2 T. of batter into each cup, place filling into the center of the mixture, top with and additional 1/2 T. of batter.  Use a spoon or chopsticks to turn the pancake over when the bottom starts to brown and cook until golden on both sides.  Remove from pan and serve warm. Makes 7-9 Aebleskivers.
***Please note there is not much sugar/sweetener in this recipe, if you desire a sweeter pancake you may add up to 2 T. of palm sugar, agave, maple syrup or honey.
A few last thoughts…to date I have not perfected the Aebleskiver with a gluten-free pancake recipe, the ones I’ve tried so far all tend to be too doughy, next I will be trying my Quinoa Pancake recipe so stay tuned on updates.  Also, there are so many variations for an Aebleskiver, sweet, savory, breakfast, appetizer…the options are limitless so I think the investment in the pan is well worth it.  Enjoy!
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