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  • Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
  • Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
  • Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
  • Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Food | December 13, 2018 | Nik Manojlovich
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This CHEESY BREAKFAST CASSEROLE WITH HAM is a delicious savoury casserole recipe that can be served for both breakfast and brunch.

It’s especially perfect for the holidays too as it’s a make-ahead recipe that can feed a hungry crowd. If you slot it into your holiday meal plan you’ll have one less thing to worry about, and it’s so simple.

I first presented this recipe a few years back during my culinary classes at Christmas in November; I received tons of positive feedback back then and the compliments just keep on coming. Who knew this one post for an easy ham and cheese breakfast casserole would be so popular.

With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice if someone kind and thoughtful made this recipe? What a fabulous gesture to lighten the load for mom (or dad, your spouse, your siblings, etc.) on the big day.

Tips on making it:

BREAD & HAMHam And Cheese Breakfast Casserole

This recipe welcomes the use of pretty much any bread, although I recommend challah. Challah is a rich yeast bread made with egg and a pinch of sugar to give it a hint of sweetness. It has a very dense crumb that helps soak up the creamy custard added to the casserole. Look for challah in the bakery section of your supermarket.

I love the taste of a smoked, cooked ham for this recipe. My favourite is something called prosciutto cotto or cooked Italian ham – it has a rich, smoky flavour but the meat itself is tender and ribboned with just enough fat to make it extra tasty. If you can’t find this speciality ingredient in your local deli, use your favourite, I’m sure it’ll still taste wonderful.

Now, just in case – if you want to keep things Kosher, use smoked salmon and if you’re looking for a vegetarian option, use shaved zucchini or sliced mushrooms instead of the ham.

ARTICHOKE & SHALLOTHam And Cheese Breakfast Casserole

The chopped artichoke and shallot called for on this recipe add a lovely vegetable compliment without taking centre stage on the flavour profile. I also find the hint of vinegar from the cured artichoke gives the dish a bit of bite.

Don’t worry about the onion flavour from the shallots; they soften and almost soak up the cream, making them perfect for this overnight breakfast casserole recipe. 



TOPPINGHam And Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Tossing breadcrumbs in melted butter and then mixing them with grated parmesan is always a welcome addition to recipes (think soups and salads) but for a breakfast casserole, it’s nothing short of brilliant.

Sprinkling this mix on this casserole right before baking adds a bit of crispness to the finished dish. Don’t miss this day-of task. 


SYRUPHam And Cheese Breakfast Casserole

I think my suggestion to present this with pure Canadian maple syrup allows for the ultimate taste sensation. A creamy, savory custard casserole finished with a hint of sweetness – it’s beyond amazing!

Although this cheesy ham and cheese breakfast casserole is a complete meal, we’re hoping you and your guests pair it with one of our fresh fruit salads. Serve it with our CHERRY MOJITO SALAD, our CITRUS AMBROSIA or our TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD.

Start your day on a high note and serve up this HAM AND CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE for everyone to enjoy! Here’s to a great day that begins with a great meal!


5 Responses to “Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole”

  1. Gordana Grmusa says:

    I didn’t pulse the crusts enough…. BUT the flavour is wonderful!!!!! I would add more ham. Maple syrup is a great finish! A super make ahead dish, easy, easy to personalise to family’s tastes. Perfect timing to send this out.

  2. Gordana Grmusa says:

    AND…..leftovers do freeze nicely!

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Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 loaf of challah bread
  • ½ pound of Italian Parma or smoked ham, thinly sliced
  • ½ pound of Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups of homogenized milk
  • 1 cup of 35% cream
  • 1 tablespoon of Pommery mustard
  • ½ cup of shallots, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of artichoke, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried savoury
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of challah crust breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • pure Canadian maple syrup for serving
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Trim crust off challah bread, cube crusts, toast, then pulse in a food processor to a rough consistency. Reserve challah breadcrumbs until the next day.
  2. Butter a 9 x 13-inch glass casserole dish and place challah bread in a single layer on the bottom. Cover with slices of ham, followed by slices of cheese, followed by a sprinkle of artichoke and shallots. Add an additional layer of bread and repeat process, ending with a final layer of bread.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, mustard and savoury. Pour egg mixture over casserole, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Prepare topping: Toss crumbs in two tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle over casserole. Sprinkle grated parmesan over the top of the casserole dish.
  6. Transfer to oven and bake for 55 minutes. Allow casserole to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with pure Canadian maple syrup.

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