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Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Cooking Chronicles: Farmer's Casserole

Continuing with the season of potlucks, Mack and I decided to jointly contribute a homemade farmer's casserole for a friend's party. Though the thought of a casserole made me feel like I should don an apron a la Donna Reed or June Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver, the recipe was very simple - essentially an assemble-and-bake dish, slightly easier and requiring less clean up than a quiche.

We layered hash brown potatoes, diced cooked ham, grated cheddar cheese and chopped green onions in a rectangular dish, poured the egg and milk mixture over top, then put it in the oven. Comparable to the quiche, the most difficult thing we found was to wait for it to bake, and to decide via the "knife through the centre" test whether the egg had cooked enough. Though I think sixty minutes would have done the trick, the knife still came out slightly moist at that point, though when we finally decided to take it out the egg thankfully continued to set out of the oven.

The finished product was quite good, and I can see why the description for the dish lists it as a "hearty" selection - two servings and I was comfortably full for the rest of the evening. Next time, we thought mixing the filling ingredients (ham, potatoes and some of the cheese) before spreading it out in the pan would give the casserole a more coherent flavor, otherwise the cheese especially acts just as a topping and not as much of a "glue" as it could have. Also, one could potentially cut down the fat by using diced boiled potatoes instead of the hash browns.

Anyway, it was another enjoyable cooking experience!

Farmer's Casserole



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