Today’s post is for my dad, whose birthday is today, and my great-grandma, who used to bake this sinfully delicious casserole for him.
I was lucky enough to grow up knowing two of my great-grandmas. My dad’s grandma on his mom’s side and on his dad’s side were both wonderful cooks, but the one who used to make the infamous “cheese bread” was his grandma on his dad’s side. (It’s actually also my grandpa’s birthday this month, or “Papa” as I call him! Happy Birthday to you, too, Papa!)
When I was in elementary school, I would often go to my dad’s parents’ house after school until my dad got off of work, or I would go to my great-grandma’s. She would almost always have freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for me to munch on while I did my homework, and then we would play Uno or she would teach me how to crochet. My other favorite memories of her would be her awesome Sunday dinners. One of the frequent stars of her Sunday dinners would be my dad’s favorite cheese bread casserole.
This casserole is as simple, unhealthy, and amazing as it sounds – sharp cheddar cheese, white bread, butter, whole milk, and eggs. I think the best way to describe it would be like a savory bread pudding. My grandma, step-mom, and I had to consult with my great-grandma a few times to get the measurements of each ingredient just right because my great-grandma didn’t write the recipe down and didn’t measure the ingredients. I cut down the amount of butter from the original recipe, but everything else has to be the same. (My step-mom attempted this with skim milk once, and it didn’t work out very well!) Sometimes you have to feed your soul! Plus, I’m pretty sure calories don’t count on birthdays anyways.
I only make this dish once a year for my dad on his birthday. We like to joke that my meat-loving dad requests a vegetarian dish for his birthday dinner. This is typically served as a side dish, but on his birthday, he eats it as a main meal!
Great-Grandma's Cheese Bread
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This cheesy dish from my great-grandma's kitchen has been a family favorite for decades!
- 3/4 loaf of white bread, torn into chunks
- 1 1/2 lb. Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, sliced very thin
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 2 quart dish with cooking spray.
- Layer about a third of the bread in the bottom of the dish. Cover with a third of the cheese. Dot a few pats of butter over the bread and cheese. Continue to layer the bread, cheese, and butter until there are three layers total.
- Heat the milk in a saucepan until warm.
- In a small bowl, beat the two eggs.
- Add the eggs to the warm milk, whisking constantly so they don't scramble.
- Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you even more than cheese and bread!!