Monday, October 25, 2010

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake

I'm not sure if you've noticed, and I'm sorry if you're not ready to think about this, but it's coming. Christmas is coming, that is. It's two months from today, friends. Sure, Halloween has yet to pass, and we've not even reached the month blessed with Thanksgiving. But jack-o-lanterns and pilgrim hats are now 75% off. Sparkles and snowflakes have taken their place on store shelves. And you know what the onset of The Holiday Season means, don't you?

Guests.

If at all possible I recommend you welcome your guests into your home for brunch. Brunch means you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to prepare the meal. Brunch means that after you've entertained those special people you'll have time to clear the kitchen and put your feet up that evening. And brunch also means that as the chef you're allowed to straddle the breakfast/lunch line and serve anything you want. This casserole, along with a sweet bread, bowl of fruit, and a big, green salad would be perfect. This casserole is also just salty enough, creamy and filling; it's excellent as a leftover; and it's made with ingredients even your youngest guests should enjoy.

So don't fear The Holiday Season. Embrace it! Such dishes as this one make that an easy task.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake
Adapted from Allrecipes
Makes 6 to 8 servings
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This casserole is easily customizable to suit your tastes. You can replace the ham with bacon or sausage, and the cream with milk. You can make your own hashbrowns, and you can change the type of cheese called for in the recipe. If you want to up the nutritional ante you could add chopped spinach, chard or broccoli. And you can also season it with more salt, added pepper or more hot sauce. Any way you make it your family - or guests - are sure to enjoy it!

Ingredients
2 12-ounce bags frozen, shredded hashbrowns, thawed overnight in fridge
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 boneless ham steak, diced
1.5 to 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
A few dashes of hot sauce

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Squeeze moisture out of thawed potatoes then put them in a large bowl. Pour melted butter over potatoes and stir until well-combined. Line ungreased casserole dish with buttered potatoes, and press to make a crust. Bake 10 minutes or until potatoes are just crisped and brown on the edges. Remove dish from oven and set aside.
3. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, cream and hot sauce.
4. Sprinkle ham over potato crust. Then add cheese. Pour cream and egg mixture over ingredients.
5. Bake 30 minutes or until set and gold and bubbling at edges.

Note: If you halve this recipe I do not recommend reducing the amount of butter used in the potato crust or using less than one cup of your desired cheese.

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21 comments:

  1. Brunch is my favorite meal, both to eat and to cook for exactly the reasons you listed :D I love to pop a tray of stuffed french toast into the fridge the night before and just slide it in the oven before the guests show up. Not to mention waffles. Banana bread yeasted waffles are awesome. And poached eggs on english muffins topped with smoked salmon. Oh great, now I'm hungry. Your casserole looks yummy and you totally made me feel guilty by mentioning salad :D

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  2. I've been trying to convince my family that we need to have Christmas brunch instead of dinner for years! My aunt brought it up not too long ago, so maybe this will be the year it happens-crossing my fingers!

    This looks yummy, I will try this for dinner as well.

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  3. I have to make this. Sounds soo delicious!!!

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  4. We always have some sort of breakfast casserole in the midst of gift opening Christmas morning. I think your breakfast bake is this year's recipe. It looks both easy and delish. Perfect!

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  5. Holy cow does that look tasty. I could make this for dinner right? Right?? ;-)

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  6. This is all Ingrid. All too often on the weekends I not only have my own three to feed but a couple of others! This would be perfect. Thanks Abby!

    Btw, we do late Christmas breakfast/brunch at my house and dinner at one of my brothers'. :)
    ~ingrid

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  7. i'm among the crowd who feels like it's way too early to be prepping for christmas. and yes, i'm also among the crowd who are rushing to find last-minute gifts the week before the holiday. :)
    great bake! this'd do for any meal, for sure.

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  8. Abby - This is a perfect recipe for holiday stay over guests. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it out! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase post. Stop by and grab a button if you like. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  9. I love entertaining over brunch. So much easier than dinner. Especially with easy breezy dishes like this one. It looks so delicious!

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  10. I was at Target yesterday and all of their Christmas stuff was already out! We don't normally have guests over for brunch, but now I want some so I can serve them this!

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  11. Well this looks wonderful! Great for company!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  12. Hey there! I am a new follower who just happened to stumble upon your blog! I would love it if you got a chance to stop by for a visit!!

    Anestazia
    http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/

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  13. Really a nice dish to serve for brunch...it sure looks pretty and very tasty :-)

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  14. Hey, Abby! I made this yesterday morning for our Thanksgiving breakfast at my house and it was a hit! Everyone seriously LOVED it. It will now be expected at ALL our family breakfasts.

    Hope you guys had a blessed Thanksgiving. Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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  15. Yo, Abby! Just bit into it made with crumbled sausage...yum, Yum, YUM! Miss ya!
    ~ingrid

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  16. I made this today and it turned out fabulous! My little picky eaters loved it!! Thanks : )

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  17. I just made this and added fresh spinach to the egg mixture and it was so tasty! My family loved it! I have to say though, the hasbrowns took over 20 minutes to brown. I find that is always the case with them though! I will be making this again for sure!

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  18. Hey Abby!

    I've made this breakfast casserole several times and just love it. I finally blogged about it today!

    http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2012/08/road-trip-recap-and-breakfast-for-dinner.html

    Hope you and the kiddos are doing well!

    Monica

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