Well, I think it's fair to say that in this topsy turvy, dumpster fire of a year, the idea of some calming traditions is...comforting. And for us here at WL, it's tough to beat the classic Best of Bridge Recipe the Christmas Morning Wife Saver in terms of shear nostalgia. Sure, the "wife" part is outdated, but to be fair the whole recipe is a wonderful anachronism. Sixteen slices of white bread? Green pepper, the Ringo of the capsicum family? Special K or Corn Flakes? (BTW, always Corn Flakes). We also love that it specifies "sharp" cheddar like anyone in the history of this recipe has used anything fancier than a massive block of Cracker Barrel.
But park all that snickering a minute and revel in what this dish is: communal, wholesome, comforting. Heck, it even sorta feels kind. So we plan to keep the tradition going strong this year especially and invite you to hop aboard the nostalgia train.
Christmas Morning Wife Saver Recipe
16 slices white bread, crusts removed
16 slices Canadian back bacon or ham
16 slices sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2-1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
Special K or crushed Corn Flakes
Set 8 pieces of bread into a 9″ x 13″ (23 x 33 cm) buttered, glass baking dish.
Cover bread with slices of back bacon. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of bacon and then cover with remaining slices of bread to make it like a sandwich.
In a bowl, beat eggs and pepper. To the egg mixture add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Tabasco. Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in fridge overnight.
In the morning, melt butter, pour over top. Cover with Special K or crushed Corn Flakes.
Bake, uncovered, 1 hour at 350 deg.F (180 deg.C). Let sit 10 minutes before serving.