This is the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season for partying, eating, hosting, and spending. I’m sure a lot of you have guests coming to stay with you, or you’ve been invited to a brunch potluck and you want to contribute an easy dish. Who has time for anything complicated? And even more importantly, who has the extra money these days to feed a big group of people?

Don’t worry — I’ve developed this incredibly easy, scrumptious baked ham and cheese french toast breakfast casserole for you to make ahead of time! Savory and warm, this casserole recipe is also customizable. Use your favorite type of cheese, choose any breakfast meat you like (or leave the meat out), or make it your own by adding spinach or other vegetables like sautéed onions and peppers, and even put some bacon jam or hot peppers into it — it will be delicious no matter what.

You’ll see that the recipe uses a lot of eggs. I was going for a custard-like texture instead of dry and hard, and I achieved my goal 100%. As soon as I took the photos for this recipe, I went and picked my kids up from school. They came into the house and immediately descended on the casserole, gobbling it up directly from the pan like wild animals. It was fantastic; I know if my kids react like that the dish is a winner.

This ham and cheese breakfast casserole is super easy to make, and I recommend putting it together the night before. Just take it out of the fridge and pop it into the oven for 45-60 minutes in the morning. Everyone will love it!

As usual, I used Flipp to find deals on all of the ingredients. I found the cheese for $2.50, eggs for $0.99, bread for $1.50, and the ham for $1.69, milk for $1.99, the cream for $0.69. The total cost of my casserole? $9.36. WHOA. For a dish that feeds nine people comfortably, that’s amazing.

Here’s my recipe for Ham and Cheese Baked French Toast:

Serves 9

  • 8 cups cubed baguette/French bread (one whole baguette)
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups half and half cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 pound smoked ham, chopped into small cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella/cheddar blend or any cheese you like, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • Chives for garnish

In a large bowl, combine bread, eggs, cream, milk, dijon mustard and salt. Mix to coat the bread and refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F.

Butter a large baking dish.

Mix the ham, 2 cups of cheese, and maple syrup into the bread and egg mixture, then turn out into the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of cheese.

Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes, or until desired texture is reached.
(45 minutes will yield a softer casserole than one that has been baked for 60 minutes.)

Garnish with chives and serve.

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