We are almost to the end of the holiday dishes -- just two more to go. This one is uber fattening, so if you are sticking to your New Year's diet, go away, quickly.
I found this recipe perusing the Panera bread website. They made a change since the last time I was there and they have recipes! They are, of course, recipes in which you are to use their products. I, however, did not, but the recipe was five star anyway. Delish, delish. The boys raved and my husband raved and the only one who didn't rave was Peach who said it was too cheesy! No such thing, I say. It was very cheesy and decadent, but very yummy and so easy to make. I put it together at about 11 p.m. on a Saturday night and put it in the oven for delayed baked on Sunday before Mass. We came home to the fragrance of Asiago Cheese and bread baking. Mmmm. This dish would be awesome for a meatless supper, as well.
The recipe as seen at the Panera website called for Asiago Cheese bagels. I used plain old Thomas' bagels purchased at the grocery store. I can't imagine this dish being improved by an Asiago Cheese bagel, but if you're inclined, please do. And be sure to serve this casserole with a nice fresh fruit salad -- your arteries will thank you. ;-)
Asiago Cheese Bagel Bake
8 large eggs
1/4 t. salt
2 c. whole milk
1 t. fresh chopped tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried (I used dried)
1/4 t. paprika
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 ounces Monterey Jack or medium Cheddar cheese, grated
6 ounces Asiago cheese, grated
4 Asiago cheese bagels
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, salt, milk, tarragon, and paprika. Season with pepper.
Mix the grated cheeses together in a bowl.
Cut the bagels into bite-size pieces.
Grease a 2-quart soufflé or casserole dish.
Starting with the bagel pieces, alternately layer bagel pieces and grated cheese into the dish. Pour the egg mixture evenly over everything, cover the dish and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, until the top is golden brown.