(happy crow. Monthly Theme Challenge: Memory)
The most memorable meal of my childhood, by far, is bread casserole. Butter a casserole dish, fill it with cheese sandwiches, pour milk and egg over. Bake it slowly and serve with salt and pepper. This is where my mind goes when I think of comfort food.
If you like milk toast, eggs and toast, grilled cheese, fried egg sandwiches or simple buttered noodles, you will love this. Steve suggests adding a bit of peanut butter (my dad would be so proud!). I would also recommend giving it a try. And see what your kids think, too!
Bread Casserole (the recipe's not exact but it always turns out wonderfully!)
Butter an oven-safe casserole dish. Lay white bread in the bottom of the bowl. Place two slices of colby jack, marble cheddar or similar cheese on each slice of bread. Layer enough bread to fill one half to three-quarters of the dish with cheese in between each bread layer. Tear the bread if you need to help it all fit. It doesn't have to be snug, spaces are ok. End with bread on top. For each "sandwich" (two slices of bread and two slices of cheese) you will add one egg and one-third cup of milk, mixed together well. Pour the egg/milk mix over the bread to soak it all over the top. Your liquid will not come to the top of the layers after you pour it all in. Bake at 325F, uncovered, for 1 and 1/2 hours or until the top is browning nicely. Cool 10 minutes before serving with salt and pepper.