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Ham Breakfast Bake

Posted by Denise on July 20, 2012

ham breakfast bake on white plate
A crunchy topping covers the warm cheesy ham filling.

So, you have a houseful of people staying with you and you are wondering how to fix breakfast for everyone without having to get up in the middle of the night to cook, right? I LOVE breakfast casseroles in these situations, because I make it up the night before and do one or two simple steps in the morning, and pop the pan in the oven. While it bakes, I can even crawl back into bed for an hour or so if I want to, or get some work done while it’s quiet. Then as the smell of breakfast cooking wafts through the house waking everyone up, I can quickly serve it.

Ham Breakfast Bake is based on a recipe in the Treasured Amish & Mennonite Recipes cookbook that we picked up at during our recent trip to the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania. We made a few minor changes as shown in our version of the recipe below.

Ham Breakfast Bake turned out really well. It has a crunchy top layer because of the corn flakes and butter with a soft, tasty filling with the eggs, ham and cheese in the bread layers. If you have a large group for breakfast, make more than one casserole. We like to serve it with some fresh fruit, like a slices of melon or fresh strawberries.

 

 

Ham Breakfast Bake

 

 

 

 ham breakfast bake ingredients

 

Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

 

16

slices of white bread

8

slices of deli ham, can be plain, smoked, or honey roast

8

oz. mozzarella, Swiss, or American cheese, shredded

6

large eggs

3

cups milk, low fat

½

teaspoon onion salt (we used onion powder to avoid the salt)

½

teaspoon black pepper

½

teaspoon dry mustard

½

cup (1 stick) butter, melted

3

handfuls Corn Flakes or similar flake cereal

 

Instructions

 

1.  Grease a 9” x 13” ovenproof cake pan. Cut the crusts from all of the bread, taking off as little as possible of the bread. Place 8 slices of the bread over the bottom of the pan.

 

2.  Layer the slices of deli ham over the top of the bread. Sprinkle the cheese in an even layer over the ham. Top with the remaining 8 slices of bread.

 

ham on bread bottom layer  cheese layer of ham breakfast bake

 

top bread layer of ham breakfast bake

 

 

 

3.     Crack the eggs into a medium sized bowl and beat them lightly. Add the milk, onion salt or powder, black pepper, and dry mustard and mix well. Pour evenly over the bread-meat-cheese layers. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.

 

eggs to be mixed   adding spices to eggs for ham breakfast bake

  

egg mixture for ham breakfast bake  pouring eggs for ham breakfast bake

 

ready for fridge

 

 

 

4.  In the morning about one hour before start of baking, take the pan out of the refrigerator and set out to warm up a little. Preheat the oven to 350o F. Right before putting it into the oven, melt the butter and pour it evenly over the top of the bread layers. Take the 3 handfuls of corn flakes and crush them slightly as you sprinkle them over the top of the layers. Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the top is brown and the layers are firm. The mixture will poof up while baking, but will settle back in the pan when it comes out of the oven. Let the pan sit for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

 

adding corn flakes over top of ham breakfast bake 

 

 

ham breakfast bake on blue plate

 

ham breakfast bake on blue plate


 

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