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Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes, Ham, Eggs and Cheese

Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes, Ham, Eggs and Cheese
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If you are looking for something wonderful to serve for breakfast this holiday….I do believe this might be the recipe for you!
This Breakfast Casserole can be put together the night before, then baked up warm and lovely in the morning while you are busy.
Busy unwrapping presents, or watching your kids shriek with gladness, or cuddling with your honey bun under the tree.
Don’t let the tree needles poke you in the eye while you are cuddling under the tree, now.
Come to think of it…just cuddle on the couch, hu? 
Might be a bit safer.
This fabulous recipe is very hearty and filling.
Love that.
It’s tasty….oh so tasty and delicious.
A most important requirement.
Hope you make it..
Hope you love it….
Hope you get some smooching and
cuddlin’ this Christmas Season!

Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes, Ham, Eggs and Cheese

Time: 10 minutes prep + 90 minutes to bake
Yield: 12 servings
Recipe from the lovely Heather Peterson
24 oz frozen shredded potatoes
salt and pepper
12 eggs
2 C half and half
1 t season salt
1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 C pepper jack cheese, grated
2 C chopped ham (you can substitute cooked sausage)

Gravy:
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 C sour cream
4-6 T milk
salt and pepper

1. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Pour the frozen potatoes into the pan. Shake a little salt and pepper over the top.
2. In a large bowl whisk the eggs up. Add the half and half, season salt, cheeses and ham. Stir to mix it all together.
3. Pour it over the top of the potatoes. Cover with foil and let it hang out in the fridge while you finish wrapping gifts…
4. Bake at 350 for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving. This will help the pieces hold shape.
5. Mix all gravy ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until smooth and warmed through. Pour over the top of the casserole. 
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50 Comments

  1. 1
    December 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Looks delicious! I'm making something similar for Christmas morning, but with bacon instead of ham.

  2. 2
    December 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Looks wonderful! For my family, I'd probably top it with some sausage gravy, just because that's a regional favorite, but these ingredients can't be beat. And anything you can make ahead of time during the holidays is a lifesaver.

  3. 3
    Anonymous
    December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    This is just what I was looking for. Something special for Christmas morning. Just copied it,and can/t wait to dig in!!

  4. 4
    December 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I think I'll be making this too. Just half the recipe and it will be yummy~ thanks for sharing.

  5. 5
    December 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    The perfect recipe for Christmas morning. I'll be baking this one up for sure! I think I'll opt for cuddling on the couch. I would have to fight off the dog and the 8 year old if I try to cuddle under the tree.

    • 6
      Sherri
      December 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

      I opt for couch too..8yo and dog to fight off here too! ;)

      • 7
        Sherri
        December 19, 2013 at 7:19 am

        Lol, just realized the date on ur comment. :)

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  6. 9
    December 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    So glad you posted this! I'm supposed to bring a breakfast casserole to a Christmas breakfast on Saturday, and this will save me from having to search for a recipe! I know that since it is from you it will be delicious!

  7. 10
    December 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I just took a pan of the cream cheese walnut bars out of the oven. Can't wait until I can frost and taste them. They look spectacular and I think my neighbors will love them. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Renee'

  8. 11
    December 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    The smell of this alone would be enough to wake anybody up on Christmas morning.

  9. 12
    Anonymous
    December 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hope you have your cardiologist on speed dial!!!

    • 13
      Sherri
      December 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

      It’s not real food that harms us. Only the fake foods. U could make this with bacon or sausage gravy and leave out the canned soup if u wish. Its not meats, eggs, cheeses that cause problems. If people knew more it would help them live better and enjoy (real) food again instead of all the substitutes.

  10. 14
    December 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Looks yummy! I am looking for something new to make for Christmas morning.

  11. 15
    Randi S.
    December 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I am so making this recipe this weekend!

  12. 16
    December 15, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Egg casserole is one of our Christmas morning traditions too. Yours looks delish!

  13. 17
    December 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Oh my! This would be a wonderful dish to serve on Christmas morning.

    • 18
      February 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Hey you guys! :tongue3_tb: Looks like you had a wonderful time (even with no one phclsyaily there with you to celebrate) .the food looked amazing! I am so impressed :thumbup_tb: by you both for doing everything from scratch (even the bread crumbs for the stuffing) if I remember correctly from my phone conversation that day with you Angel. Loved the videos! :lol_tb: Pat hope you have recovered from the food poisoning you probably got from licking raw turkey! :bigsurprise_ee: I always knew you were a bit impatient, but damn .raw turkey juice? :confused_ee: :tongue2_tb: Cheers :drunk_tb: right back at you both and Happy Holidays! Miss you both!Love & Hugs,Faith

    • 19
      April 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

      A perfect reply! Thanks for taking the trouble.

  14. 20
    December 16, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I have personally eaten this delish casserole from the lovely Heather Peterson herself, and I am always proud when her food makes the bolg! This casserole is a keeper! Hi sis!

  15. 21
    December 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I made it last night and baked it this morning while we were opening presents. We LOVED it! I think this is going to be my Christmas morning meal every year from now on.

  16. 22
    November 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    This is wonderful, this will no doubt help me get rid of the eggs I have. Can't wait to try it, especially after thanksgiving with leftover turkey.

  17. 23
    Lisa
    December 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    So I really want to try this on Christmas morning, but with biscuits instead of potatoes, so that I can use country gravy with it… ( hubby LOVES biscuits and gravy) Do you this I would cook it the same (or what would I change temp/time wise)??? : )

  18. 24
    Anonymous
    December 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    The recipe looks so delicious. It will be great for Christmas morning when I have an extra 5 adults to make breakfast for and it will give them time to sleep in.Probably no gravy. We will have Pecan cinnamon rolls with it. Thank you and Merry Christmas/ Happy Holiday to all.

  19. 25
    Anonymous
    January 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Do you cook it with the foil on or leave it uncovered? Thanks!

  20. 27
    March 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Jamie, this looks dee-lish! I have a few questions. I know this makes me weird, but I'm not much of a gravy person. Do you think this casserole is tasty even without the gravy? Also, do you NOT thaw the frozen potatoes before preparing? And, can it be prepared the night before and then baked in the morning? I'm thinking about preparing this for company and want to make sure to do it just right!

    • 28
      March 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Jill,
      Yes, the casserole is great even without the gravy. Some of my kids prefer it that way. No need to thaw the potatoes and yes, making it the night before works super well. Good luck! Hope it turns out well for you!
      ~Jamie

  21. 29
    Anonymous
    April 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I am thinking about making this for Easter morning, but with 9 AM church, I am wondering if there's a way I could cook it faster than 90 min. Do you think if I defrosted the shredded potatoes it would decrease the time? How about halving the recipe? Thanks!

    • 30
      February 8, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Worth re-checking always smhteoin’ a guy misses the first time around!Merry Christmas to you, Tu-Uyen! We appreciate your hard work and that wonderful sense of humor.

  22. 31
    Amy
    May 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Made this for a mothers day brunch this morning. Used turkey sausage instead of ham and didn't make the gravy, and it was great!! Probably the best egg/breakfast casserole I've made. Thanks for posting this and I'll definitely be trying more of your recipes!

  23. 32
    Deb
    November 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I made this last weekend and it was a hit. We made it in the night before so all we had to do was throw it in the oven the next day and warm up the gravy. I like how you can really customize this to whatever you’re in the mood for. I added sausage to the gravy; it was extremely tasty. The sausage gravy did mask the flavor of the casserole some though so I might not repeat adding it in the future. My brother (who considers himself a sausage gravy expert) thought it was the best sausage gravy he’s ever had. I’ll be using that again for sausage gravy and biscuits breakfasts for sure. Thanks for posting!

  24. 33
    Deb Gow
    December 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great recipes! Thank you. Just planned my whole holiday meal on your site. Xoxo

  25. 34
    AmyE
    December 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Made this for Christmas breakfast and it was awesome!! I used 1lb cooked breakfast sausage in place of the ham. My shredded potatoes came in a 30 oz bag, so I used them all and added 3 eggs. Put it together yesterday afternoon and just had to throw it in the oven this morning. We’re not really gravy people so we went without it. Everyone thought it was delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe! This is now my go-to breakfast casserole.

  26. 35
    Alice
    March 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    can you brown the hashbrowns on stove top in a skillet a little before adding to the dish

    • 36
      Jamie
      March 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Hi Alice,
      Yep, that is actually a really great idea. It would give them a nice flavor. Good luck! Hope you love it.
      ~Jamie

  27. 37
    Christina
    March 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Can you use fresh potatoes just grated instead of frozen?

    • 38
      Jamie
      March 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Christina,
      Fresh potatoes would work out fine. Good luck!
      ~Jamie

  28. 39
    Deb
    May 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

    So I threw this together last night and put it in the fidge to be cooking in the morning. I cooked it for 105 minutes at 350 covered in foil and the center was completely raw and liquidy. I know my oven is off by maybe 5 degrees but it shouldn’t be that under cooked. Any idea how to get it to cook faster? Unfortunately it complete ruined my Mother’s Day Breakfast! :-(

    • 40
      Jamie
      May 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Hi Deb,
      So sorry this recipe didn’t turn out well for you. It may help to take it out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so before you bake it so it has a chance to let the temperature rise just a bit before you pop it into the oven. It also wouldn’t hurt to turn your oven temperature up a bit. Hope it turns out better for you next time.
      ~Jamie

  29. 41
    Kassidy
    August 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I made this for the first time a few weeks ago. I baked it covered for about 80 minutes and uncovered for the last 10 to get a little crust on the top. It was delicious and I’m making it again tonight so it’s ready to be re-warmed in the morning. Thanks for sharing!

  30. 42
    Tammy
    November 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    when you say seasoning salt do you mean Lawry’s?

    • 43
      Jamie
      November 25, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Tammy,
      Yes, Lawry’s would be a great choice. Other Seasoned Salts like Johnny’s will also work well. Good luck! Hope you love it!
      ~Jamie

    • 44
      February 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Think I will make some fresh yams (well only sweet potatoes here) for Christmas. I must say I am inpirsed to make a lovely traditional Christmas meal with my husband after seeing what you and your husband put together. Well done to you both :cheese1_ee: I am so proud of you Pat for eating yams :clap_tb: and joining the rest of the world in liking them! Next we have to get you on some sweet potato pie :exclaim_ee: Yeah, that’s right, don’t let me hear you complain too much either after all, I have succumbed to the olive after all this time! :surrender_tb:

  31. 45
    ShaNae
    December 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Hi Jamie,
    We had a farewell potluck for my Pastor and his family this past weekend, and my last name fell under main dish to bring. I chose this because it could be assembled the night before. I am not an egg person and I really liked this recipe. It went over really well at my church and I have given out your recipe and sent them to your site. I did bake mine an extra 12 minutes which made the eggs set completely in the middle. My mom wants to make this for Christmas morning, and I am totally on board. Thanks for your great recipes, I have never been disappointed with the several I have made.

  32. 46
    Christy
    December 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Think I could put this together the night before and bake in the morning?

    • 47
      Jamie
      December 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Christy,
      Yes, you can make it the night before. :) Best of luck to you.
      ~Jamie

  33. 48
    amy
    December 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    how do we print the recipe?????

  34. 49
    Alice
    April 7, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Can Milk be used instead of Half& half?

    • 50
      Jamie
      April 7, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Alice,
      Yes, you can use milk. It won’t be quite as rich, but milk will do. Good luck!
      ~Jamie

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