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Almond Cheese Casserole

 Almond Cheese Casserole
My aunt, Jacquie Moore, used to make this wonderful breakfast dish when I lived on her ranch during my summer vacations from school.—Margaret Neff, Eagle, Colorado
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 10 slices day-old bread, crusts removed and cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-2/3 cups milk
  • 4 Eggland's Best Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  • In a greased 2-qt. baking dish, layer a fourth of the bread and
  • cheese. Repeat three times. In a large bowl, whisk together the
  • milk, eggs, salt and extract; pour over top. Cover; refrigerate for
  • 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Drizzle with
  • butter and sprinkle with almonds. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for
  • 40-45 minutes or until firm and golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 360 calories, 23 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 163 mg cholesterol, 762 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.