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Love That Chile Relleno Casserole! Even If I Am Just Makin’ Do.

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What is Chile Relleno Casserole?  It is all cheesy, chile-y, yummy goodness!

Chile Relleno Casserole

Chile Relleno Casserole

You may be asking yourself, “What does Chile Relleno Casserole, no matter how yummy, have to do with Food Storage?”  Well, I’ll tell you.  To “find” money for food storage in my regular grocery budget, I need to use all the food we buy and not waste anything if I can avoid it.  It also requires me to adapt recipes and make do with what I have rather than buy specialty items unless I can use them in several recipes.  I make this with my leftover sourdough bread, stretching my food buying dollar.

Now, onto one of my favorite recipes, EVER!!

My dear friend, Karen, shared this recipe with me a couple of years ago, and I have made it dozens of times!  It is so yummy and so forgiving!  I really wanted it today, so I could use my leftover wheat sourdough sandwich bread, but I was out of Monterrey Jack cheese.  I adapted and used what I had instead: swiss and sharp cheddar.

Without further ado, let me give you the recipe, then I’ll show you the step-by-step.

Chile Relleno Casserole  By Karen

Sourdough bread

Butter or margarine

4 eggs

2 cups of milk (or half and half, evaporated milk, or cream)

1 can diced green chiles

1 pound Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

Butter sourdough bread on both sides and lay flat in a 9×13 pan.  Fill all the space in the pan.  Whip 4 eggs and 2 cups of milk until well combined and fluffy.  Add one can of chile peppers (it’s not necessary to drain it).

Put shredded cheese on bread and pour egg mixture over the top so it is evenly distributed.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until done).

Here’s how I made mine today!

Gather ingredients.

Gather ingredients.

Butter bread.  I melted my butter and used a brush, but you don't have to be that fancy.  You can spread it with a knife.

Butter bread. I melted my butter and used a brush, but you don’t have to be that fancy. You can spread it with a knife.

Place the bread in the pan.  I put the buttered side down.

Place the bread in the pan. I put the buttered side down.

Then I buttered the other side of the bread.

Then I buttered the other side of the bread.

Beat eggs and half-n-half.  Add chiles.

Beat eggs and half-n-half. Add chiles.

Don't you love that action shot?

Don’t you love that action shot?

Stir to combine.

Stir to combine.

Spread cheese over buttered bread.  I used about 1/3 swiss cheese and about 2/3 sharp cheddar, because that's what I had in my fridge.

Spread cheese over buttered bread. I used about 1/3 swiss cheese and about 2/3 sharp cheddar, because that’s what I had in my fridge.

Doesn't it look pretty?

Doesn’t it look pretty?

I poured the egg mixture over the bread and cheese.

I poured the egg mixture over the bread and cheese.

Then I used a fork to evenly distribute the chiles.

Then I used a fork to evenly distribute the chiles.

I popped it in the oven and VOILA!

Here it is with the edges nice and golden brown.

Here it is with the edges nice and golden brown.

Chile Relleno Casserole

Wouldn’t you love a bite?

Now it’s your turn. 

How do you adapt your favorite recipes to “make do” with what you have in your home?

Don’t be shy!  Comment away!

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

25 thoughts on “Love That Chile Relleno Casserole! Even If I Am Just Makin’ Do.

  1. Gosh that looks delicious! 🙂

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  2. I had my first chile relleno last week when my boyfriend took me out to lunch. It was delicious!!!! I can not wait to make this. Maybe the next time he comes over for dinner.

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  3. This is like a savory bread pudding, love the chile’s and cheesy goodness.

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  4. LOL, I modify or adapt recipes all of the time. If it calls for a marinade with tons of spices, I just pull out the Italian dressing. If it calls for a specific cheese, I figure any cheese in the same color will work! And, it all usually does work! I adapt almost every recipe to suit our needs, my picky food requirements and what I have on hand!

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  5. Now that looks scrumptious. And anything with cheese is fine by me.

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  6. I just had my first baby and am SO happy to find your blog. . .I’ve been needing quick and easy recipes from stored goods. I’m so excited that the first post on your blog is chile relleno themed! Thanks for following my blog too!

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  7. this looks super yummy !

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  8. terribly sinful, but oh so good looking!!!:-)

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  9. looks delicious, I will try this. I have a couple of recipes I use that way – quiche and lasagna are my main stand bys.

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  10. That looks so delicious I think I will it make this weekend. But I cannot eat green chilis so I will have to try with it spinach – my stand in when I need to change vegetables. We always like a little food with our cheese!! lol 😉

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  11. Looks good! I’ll have to try this.

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  12. THIS LOOKS AMAZING. Can’t wait to try this weekend!

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  13. Chile Relleno bread pudding? Yum!

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  14. Ooh, I love chiles rellenos! Now you’ve inspired me to make a casserole version. I’m cutting back on gluten/wheat, so I think I’ll experiment with a cornbread/cornmeal version, but I love the idea of the relleno ingredients in a pan version, so servings can be varied a lot, not to mention portioned and frozen for other meals! 😀 Thanks for the great idea!
    Cheers,
    Kathryn

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  15. Reblogged this on My Foray Into Food Storage and commented:

    One of my favorite things to make and eat!

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  16. Ooooh that looks soooooooo good :9

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  17. I will try your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Oh boy. That does look good! I would be tempted to eat the whole thing, but it’s a lot of cheese and egg. I’d probably get a tummy ache 😦

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  19. This looks so wonderful! So glad you posted this recipe, I’ll be giving this casserole a try very soon 🙂

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  20. I can’t wait to try this!! I have a feeling it will become one of my favorite recipes!

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