Family Christmas! What a joyous occasion. Family and extended family all congregating in one house spreading tidings and joy. Uncle Ralph telling the joke about the Rabi, the rag head and the “you fill in the blank”, Aunt Bertie telling all the women folk what they are doing wrong in the kitchen, Little Joey showing all the younger kids his latest collection of porno mags…….If that ain’t Christmas, I don’t know what is.
Family antics aside, the one thing we can usually count on is good food. As good food goes, it usually isn’t very healthy. But it is the holidays and calories don’t really count. Here is a recipe my family serves every Christmas morning. It is good, unhealthy and fairly easy to make.
Mexican Christmas Casserole
1 lb Mexican chorizo
1 t dry mustard
1 can Rotel
½ t salt
4 eggs, beaten
½ c sour cream
1.5 c milk
6 slices white bread, cubed*
8 oz Mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 c Tostitos, slightly crumbled
In a medium skillet, brown chorizo over medium heat. Once evenly browned, drain and set aside.
In large mixing bowl, mix together mustard powder, salt, eggs and milk. Add chorizo, Rotel, sour cream, bread, chips and cheese, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into a greased 9×13 Pyrex baking pan dish, sprinkle more cheese on top, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once heated, bake covered casserole for 45 minutes. Remove foil, reduce oven to 325 degrees F and cook for another 30 minutes or until set.
* Stale bread works best. If you do not have stale bread, cube fresh bread and toast in oven to remove some of the moisture.
** If you really like spicy food, add some fresh chopped jalapenos.