Have you been asked to bring food for an event? I have some suggestions!

I am occasionally invited to bring food for office, church or other social gatherings. I used to bring a bag of chips or a dozen donuts. That’s minimal effort, but nowadays I don’t eat that stuff and I don’t want to encourage others to eat it. So I have come up with a few options I feel good about sharing with others.

Brunch Recipes

I like casseroles for brunch. I make two types of breakfast casseroles, zero carb and no-meat. This covers most people’s dietary requirements. Both of them are gluten free. The zero carb casserole is a good choice for people with egg allergies because it does not contain the egg whites which are the major allergy irritant in eggs.

Zero Carb Casserole

Lots of people on a zero carb diet complain they can never find anything to eat at these events. I’m one of them. So I always bring something I want to eat. For brunch, this is it:

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Hot Spicy Bob Evans Sausage
  • 1 lb Aged White Cheddar Cheese ***
  • 24 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Pint Heavy Cream

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook the 2 lb of sausage over medium heat until you see no pink meat. The meat should be broken up into very small chunks. Do not overcook.
  • Scoop the meat into a casserole dish. I use a standard glass casserole dish, approximately 14″x10″.
  • Shred the 1 lb of cheddar using a grater with large holes producing large long shreds of cheddar.
  • Spread the shredded cheddar evenly over the sausage meat.
  • Separate the whites from the yolks of 24 large eggs, discarding the whites and saving the yolks in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1/2 pint Heavy Cream to the mixing bowl with the egg yolks (This adds back some liquid to replace the egg whites. You can experiment with more cream but don’t go lower than 1/2 pint because the yolks will get too stiff)
  • Stir the egg yolks and cream until all of the yolks are broken and the cream is evenly mixed.
  • Pour the egg yolk mixture evenly over the cheese, covering every square inch of cheese.
  • Put the dish into the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes
  • Check the casserole, it should be lightly browned on top and a knife inserted into the middle should come out clean. Otherwise cook 5 more minutes.

*** you can use any extra sharp cheddar, but the orange ones leave a lot of oil on the bottom of the casserole. I don’t mind it but some people do.

No-Meat Casserole

A lot of vegetarians DO eat eggs so this casserole will work for them. Some of the low carb folks will enjoy a bite of this too although it is not zero carb. This casserole has a “tighter” texture than the zero carb casserole due to the lack of meat and the addition of ricotta cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 9-12 Whole Large Eggs (don’t use less than 9 eggs)
  • 1 lb Aged White Cheddar Cheese ***
  • 2 huge overflowing tablespoons of Ricotta cheese (use the regular, not the low fat Ricotta)
  • 1/2 loaf of gluten free bread
  • dill weed
  • onion powder
  • hot sauce

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the 1/2 loaf of gluten free bread into 1/2″ cubes.
  • Spread the cubed bread into a casserole dish. I use a standard glass casserole dish, approximately 14″x10″.
  • Shred the 1 lb of cheddar using a grater with large holes producing large long shreds of cheddar.
  • Spread the shredded cheddar evenly over the bread.
  • Break the large eggs into a mixing bowl, (yolks and whites together)
  • Add dill, onion powder and hot sauce to taste (heavier on the onion powder)
  • Add the Ricotta cheese
  • Stir until the Ricotta is well mixed with the eggs.
  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the cheese, covering every square inch of cheese.
  • Put the dish into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes
  • Check the casserole, it should be lightly browned on top and a knife inserted into the middle should come out clean. Otherwise cook 5 more minutes.

*** you can use any extra sharp cheddar, but the orange ones leave a lot of oil on the bottom of the casserole. I don’t mind it but some people do.

Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Nothing beats beef brisket barbecue for lunch and dinner. I recommend calling while you are driving to the event and ordering 3-5 pounds at City Barbecue. Use this link to find the nearest City BBQ location. Trust me, YOU CANNOT make it better or cheaper and everyone will love it! 🙂

brisket

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