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This is the perfect main dish for breakfast, brunch or even dinner. It’s rich and super satisfying. It’s special, and it’s beautiful. And the prep time is only 20 minutes! It’s easy and no stress, with a short 40 minute bake time. Serve with sausages or bacon, a Paleo baked good, fresh fruit or sauteed spinach and you have a lovely feast with little effort. Or serve with just one side dish. This casserole is good, and it will deliver satisfaction.
Artichoke Feta Breakfast Casserole
Imagine: the very thick and creamy custard gets poured into a greased casserole dish and topped with artichoke hearts and feta, crumbled. The custard puffs up, turns golden; and the crusty top gives way to the creamiest, most delicious center.
It’s Paleo/Primal, made without grains. But there is flour, cassava flour! If you haven’t worked with cassava flour yet, it’s a revelation. It contains prebiotics; so it’s great for colon health, feeding the good flora in your gut. I actually feel better the days I eat it. While still on the GAPS diet, but now phasing off, this is my favorite food that we’ve been able to add into our diet, a truly healthy complex carbohydrate. (Here’s where to get it.)
Here’s the main dish that will please your intimate family and any cozy guests.
This casserole is super rich (in a good way) and not super GAPS. But it can be made GAPS by following the specifications I list below.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large casserole dish or huge cast iron skillet.
In a small bowl, sift together cassava flour and baking soda. Set aside.
Place the following ingredients into blender: eggs, cream cheese, sea salt, onion and garlic powder, and white pepper. Blend until mostly smooth, 10-15 seconds.
Add cheddar cheese cubes, flour mixture, melted fat and cream. (We have a Blendtec blender and this quantity fits perfectly in the jar, for blending. But it is fairly full.) Blend again, briefly, about 8 seconds, until all ingredients are fully incorporated and the cheese cubes have been reduced to bits, but are not fully pureed.
Pour creamy custard into greased casserole dish. Evenly distribute chopped artichoke hearts over its surface. Do the same with feta crumbles.
Bake until edges are golden brown and center is just set but still moist, 40 minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
*Cream cheese is not a GAPS Diet food. Substitute in 4 oz. jack cheese + 4 oz. coconut cream, in its place; or use probiotic cream cheese, like Nancy's brand, if you can tolerate a small amount of lactose for a special occasion.
*Cassava flour is not a GAPS Diet food, because it's starchy. Our family is now phasing off of GAPS and it does really well in our bodies at this stage. To make this recipe completely GAPS Diet safe, try subbing in 1/4 cup coconut flour in place of the 1/2 cup cassava flour. I haven't tried this yet; but I believe you'll have great results! Let me know if you do it how it turns out.