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John Wayne Casserole Recipe

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John Wayne Casserole Recipe

John Wayne Casserole Recipe
© Denzil Green

This recipe was contributed by the American actor John Wayne in his last year, 1979, to a cookbook raising money for cancer. There has since emerged another casserole named "John Wayne", but this is the original recipe, without beef in it. (See encyclopedia page on the casserole for the history of both versions.)

Number of servings: 8 servings

Estimated Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking at: 350 F / 180 C / Gas Mark 4



Start heating the oven.

Spray or butter a 2 quart (2 litre) oven-proof dish. Set aside.

Drain and chop the chiles, grate the cheeses, toss to mix and distribute over bottom of casserole dish. Beat together the egg yolks, milk or cream, flour, salt and a few pinches of cayenne pepper. Whip egg whites until they form a soft peak, then fold the yolk mixture into them. Pour this egg mixture over the cheese mixture in the dish. Poke holes here and there to allow the egg mixture to soak down in.

Pop in oven for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, remove from oven, arrange the tomato slices on top, and put back in oven to bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Notes

You'd better go rustle up some cattle after enjoying this dish. There are a total of 113 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® in the recipe; that's a whopping 14 points per serving, about half the points that many women get allocated for the whole day.

Weight Watchers® Info
Per 1 cup / 250 ml

* PointsPlus™ calculated by CooksInfo.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

The story behind this recipe...

  • John Wayne Casserole
    John Wayne Casserole is a crustless, vegetarian, cheese and egg casserole recipe. Its origins are traced back as far as John Wayne, the American actor (26 May 1907 - 11 June 1979.) Wayne directly contributed the recipe to a 1979 cookbook titled, Cooking with Love from Cara and Her Friends, compiled by a Cara Connery.
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