Caitlin Bensel

Try these tips to make that breakfast casserole a healthy family fave.

Christopher Michel
November 14, 2017

When you’re looking for a breakfast that is both elegant and easy this holiday season, our crowd-pleasing casserole is just the ticket. This multilayered marvel is loaded with crispy potatoes, hot-smoked salmon, and a smattering of fresh herbs. Cottage cheese naturally melds into the eggs, creating pillowy lightness throughout the mixture, while goat cheese creates dense pockets of creaminess. Our recipe hits all the marks for a hearty one-dish meal, with 25 percent fewer calories, 7 g less saturated fat, and over 600 mg less sodium than traditional meat-and-cheese breakfast casseroles. Hot-smoked salmon, unlike cured, is fully cooked -- look for it in the meat aisle of your grocery store. Use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet for best results.

View Recipe: Smoked Salmon Breakfast Casserole

Here’s what makes the recipe work:

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Whole Milk Cottage Cheese

The extra dairy fat in whole-milk cottage cheese enriches the egg mixture with custard-like creaminess and offers an extra hit of protein.

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Hot-Smoked Salmon

Bearing all the smoky saltiness of classic breakfast meat, hot-smoked salmon lends meatiness and heart-healthy fats for a fraction of the saturated fat.

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Russet Potatoes

Rich in vitamin C and potassium, making them a great choice – russet potatoes add more nutritious heft than bread or biscuits and save you up to 3g of saturated fat per serving.