This is a tradition in our household that we have on Christmas morning (because it can be put together ahead of time), and it is good for brunches. We got it from my Aunt Margie but don't know where she got it from.
At our house, we are dragged out of bed Christmas morning by our kids, open our stockings, eat breakfast, and then we take as long as we can opening our presents. So while the dish is cooking, it's a good time to take a shower (most important unless you want to look cruddy in present pics haha).
My sister Laura does a million variations on Margie's Eggs so there's no way to make it "wrong". Go ahead and change the cheese, put frozen hash browns on the bottom, toss in real bacon bits, etc... Another great thing is that this is one of those egg recipes that actually taste good re-heated later for all day grazing. Thank you Aunt Margie- you've become a legend!
1/2 cup melted butter (* we skipped this step this year on accident and it still tasted good)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 oz (or bigger) can of chopped green chilies (* optional- my mom Karen sometimes tosses them on just 1/2)
1 pint of cottage cheese
1 lb of cheddar cheese shredded
Toppings: S&P to taste, salsa (* we prefer mango) or sour cream.
Mix all together and put into a 10x13 greased pan (at this time, you can put into the fridge over night).
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for TEN minutes and then reduce to 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out kinda clean (don't over cook).
Cut into squares and serve with topping options.