By Kevin Williams
The Amish who live in Montana really are known for their hearty pull-out-all-the-stops casseroles like this Montana Cowgirl Casserole. Hearty Montana Cowgirl Casserole is a favorite among the Amish in St. Ignatius and Rexford, two of the oldest Amish settlements in Big Sky Country. My parents tried it the other night and enjoyed it.
By the way, this is an excerpt of something I wrote about the St. Ignatius, Montana:
The first thing that strikes a visitor to the St. Ignatius settlement is the beauty. Stunning vistas of the Mission Mountains are a constant. Most of the Amish homes are wedged right up against the base of the mountains which rise dramatically from the valley floor.
Many of the Amish of St. Ignatius have deep family ties back in Ohio, so these Amish will hop onto commercial flights and travel. Most Amish churches do not permit air travel. Food in this settlement ranges from traditional to local, with wild game from the mountains and fresh huckleberries being found on menus frequently.
You can read more here. I loved my time in St. Ignatius, just gorgeous and if you ever have a chance to go, go! Now, let’s check out Montana Cowgirl Casserfole! My parents, by the way, halved the recipe and that reflects in the photos…you can fix the whole recipe or halve it, it works either way!
Serves: serves 12
- 1 pound sausage, browned
- 1 /2 pound bacon
- 12 ounces hashed
- 1 medium green pepper
- 2 tablespoon chopped onion
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 1 cup Bisquick
- 3 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 eggs
- cooking spray
- Oil 9 X 13 inch baking dish or spray.
- Combine sausage, bacon, hash browns, pepper, onions, and 1 cup of cheese in a large bowl.
- Spread in a baking pan.
- Whisk together Bisquick, milk, salt, and eggs until blended.
- Pour over potato mixture.
- Sprinkle over remaining cheese.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Next day, bake 30 minutes at 375 until golden brown