Egg and Potato Squares with Gruyere, Asparagus, and Mushrooms

Happy New Year! Did anyone else make any foodie resolutions? My goal last year was to get my blog up and running, and I remember spending the first few weekends in January designing the header and side bars for my little site. This year I just want to continue challenging myself in the kitchen and would like to cook at least one new recipe a week. I made a lot of progress in this area last year – I roasted my first chicken, played with royal icing and fondant, and conquered my fear of yeast. But, I have an ever-growing list of foods to master! I want to finally learn how to cook all the different cuts of meat, conquer pasta, and make my favorite Indian dish, saag paneer (if anyone has an Indian cookbook recommendation, please let me know!). Oh, and I’m hoping to convince my family to let me host Thanksgiving! I could go on and on… I spent part of today organizing and prioritizing the long list of recipes I’ve saved from around the blogosphere and my cookbooks, and I’m already looking forward to getting in the kitchen! Things definitely started out on the right track because I braised lamb for the first time last night and it turned out perfectly! I also wanted to make something special for our first 2010 breakfast.

I was inspired by Elly’s delicious moussaka a few months ago and really liked how the potatoes were fried first and then served as the base of the dish.  So, I decided potatoes needed to be used in this way in a breakfast casserole. I topped the potatoes with shredded gruyere, mushrooms, and asparagus, and then poured an egg mixture on top – so good! I made enough for an 8 inch square pan, but the recipe can easily be doubled for a 13×9 if you’re having company. You can also fry up the potatoes and cook the veggies the night before so all you have to do in the morning is whip up the eggs! Yay for 2010!

Egg and Potato Squares with Gruyere, Asparagus, and Mushrooms
Printable Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large baking potato, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
2 cups sliced mushrooms (8 ounces)
1 cup sliced asparagus (4 ounces)
4 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and pan-fry the potatoes on both sides until they are light golden brown. Place the fried potatoes slices evenly in the bottom of a greased 8×8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle gruyere cheese evenly on top.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet and sauté mushrooms for 5 to 7 minutes until tender. Repeat with remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and asparagus. Evenly top gruyere cheese with the veggies.

Whisk eggs, milk, flour, and salt together in a large bowl. Pour over the veggies. Bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 355 calories, 21.7g fat, 2.8g fiber, 19.6g protein per serving
Cost: $1.68 per serving

35 Responses to Egg and Potato Squares with Gruyere, Asparagus, and Mushrooms

  1. Happy New Year chica! I am so glad you decided to start up this blog. I love all of your food (we are very likeminded in the kitchen it seems) and am constantly inspired by your inventiveness. I can’t wait to watch as you attack all of those meats and continue to get creative in the kitchen.

    This dish is a great way to kick off the new year! I love gruyere and mushrooms together. They are basically a match made in heaven.

  2. Yum, looks delish! Perfect for any meal.
    I recommend 660 Curries. I have loved everything I have made from that book. Madhur Jaffrey is also very good – I think all of hers are veggie.. but I’m not certain.

  3. this is a breakfast dish worthy of any affair, whether it’s the first breakfast of a new year or a last-minute brunch dish in the middle of autumn. great colors and flavors, kerstin!

  4. Happy New Year! You had a first great breakfast for 2010 :).

    I also have an ever-growing food list to master. And I am starting with pizza dough tonight :).

  5. I love all this… a great “left over” meal… and the cheese and asparagus rocks!

    My resolution is to stop wasting food.. No more tossing bread out … sounds simple, but I have wasted a lot of food this last year

  6. This looks so delicious! I love egg/potato dishes, and your addition of the veggies and gruyere is perfect! I think I spot some turkey bacon too 😉

    I have to sit down and come up with my cooking goals for the year. Last year it was just to try more things, which I certainly did!

    Happy New Year! :)

  7. I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2010! I loved reading your blog in 2009 and I can only imagine what I’ll be able to learn from you in the months to come. Happy New Year! I hope to see you soon. Asparagus, eggs, potatoes, mushrooms and cheese = heaven! BTW, is that bacon in the background? Hmmm…

  8. happy new year kerstin!! seems like you guys had an eventful trip to AZ :) I got the pasta maker attachment for my kitchenaid, so that’s on my short list too!

  9. Happy Belated New Year to you too! Good for you for making a pasta challenge. That’s something that will be SO worth it… the times I’ve had homemade pasta were pretty awesome :)

  10. Gruyere is one of my favorites and this looks as delicious as it sounds! And asparagus and mushrooms — how can you go wrong? Mmmm! Happy New Year!

  11. I’m so glad you started blogging and sharing all of your delicious recipes with us! Like this one. This makes a special breakfast and even sounds good for dinner.

  12. Those egg squares look so tasty. I love gruyere and asparagus. That sounds like a fabulous first breakfast to me! I made some of my own foodie resolutions on my blog already, but you just reminded me that I want to try working fondant. I never got around to it last year.

  13. I’m excited to see what your blog features in 2010! This looks like a fabulous brunch recipe. One of my goals for 2010 is to cook more real breakfasts on the weekends, so I’m holding on to this for sure!

  14. Happy New Year to you and your family Kerstin. May this year bring lots of happiness.

    your egg square is pretty interesting. Looks delicious too.

  15. Have a blessed 2010. Numerous foodie resolutions – eat a vegetarian meal at least once a week and make soup once a week as well. My plan to make feeted Macarons has succeeded….thank God and they’re more to come.

    Love the sound of cheese and asparagus too

  16. Anything with eggs and potatoes and cheese, and I’m glad! Add to that crunchy lovely asparagus and umami-rich mushrooms, and I can die and go to heaven! mmm!

  17. Happy New Year! I’m still figuring out what my cooking goals are for this year, but more Indian food is a must. I’ll be using books by Madhur Jaffrey and Monica Bhide. Yoru breakfast dish looks amazing! Perfect way to start the new year.

  18. Thanks everyone, and yay for foodie resolutions :)

    My Year on the Grill – That’s a great one! I need to work on that too.

    Natashya and Lisaiscooking – Thanks so much for the Indian cookbook recs, I will definitely be checking them out!

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