GBP's 101 Cozy Casseroles REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It's here, it's here - I opened my little mailbox and found..........
Gooseberry Patch's 101 Cozy Casseroles
First I have to say HOW much I ♥ this 101 series by Gooseberry Patch! These beautiful, full-color (every recipe has it's very own photo) books are drool-worthy -- EVERY PAGE!!

So confession time, when I first got my review list for this year's releases and saw that I would be reviewing 101 Cozy Casseroles I was a bit scared...not because I don't love casseroles, I do...not because casseroles are time-consuming or hard to make, they are not. My reasoning, because they tend to be laden with ingredients like potatoes, noodles, pastas, rices, etc...all foods a person who eats low carb tends to avoid. My first inclination was to excuse myself from this review -- then I had 2 thoughts.....I am always making higher carb dishes for company, potlucks and the kids AND I am always telling folks that I have no problems finding acceptable things to eat in ALL situations. This review will be a test of that :)

My first pass thru this book netted 3 very yummy looking recipes that would be perfect for me. On my second pass, I found a few more recipes that would require just a little tweeking to be lower carb. This isn't going to be hard at all. ALL of the recipes look comforting, scrumptious, easy-to-prepare (with staple ingredients) and extremely budget and family-friendly!

The first recipe I tried was ....

Clili Relleno Casserole
GBP"S 101 Cozy Casseroles (submitted by: Georgia Mallory from Fullerton, CA)
(Printable Version)

7-oz can whole green chilies
16-oz pkg shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
16-oz pkg shredded cheddar cheese, divided
7-oz pkg chopped green chilies
salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs, beaten
13-oz can evaporated milk (I used 1 cup heavy cream to lower the carbs)
Optional: salsa and sour cream

Slit whole chilies and remove the seeds; rinse and dry. Lay whole chilies, skin-side down, in a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with half of each cheese. Top with chopped chiles, remaining cheese, salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine eggs and milk; pour over top. Bake, uncovered at 350°F for 45 minutes. Serve with salsa or sour cream, if desired. Serves 8.

I served this casserole as a side-dish for Cinco de Mayo -- it would also make a wonderful breakfast, brunch, luncheon dish or as a meatless main for supper. This was filling, fast and oh, so good!!

NOW down to business!! You know these reveiws do not happen without a GIVEAWAY!! No exception here. Not only can you win this wonderful, comfort-food masterpiece, you will ALSO recieve a spiffy Faithfulness Farm Vintage-Inspired Apron AND a cute little set of 4 individual casserole dishes!
To win this WONDERFUL cookbook and the other great prizes, you need to leave a comment for me here at Faithfulness Farm - tell me what your go-to casserole recipe is! There will be 2 more recipes shared from this book this week AND additional chances to win. The winner will be announced next week - Wednesday May 16th!! HURRY and enter -- I can't wait to read what your favorite casseroles are. Oh, and IF you have won a prize here before, still enter in -- you can win again!!