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Tuesday
Dec252007

Mother’s Brunch Casserole

Mother's Brunch CasseroleEvery Christmas at our house, my wife makes an awesome egg casserole dish for brunch with family and friends. Gail's mom found this recipe years ago in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, passing it along to Gail a few years ago.

This dish requires some pre-planning the night before, but wow, it's so very worth the extra effort. It's also handy to have prepped the night before, for a gathering the next morning.

Here's the recipe for your enjoyment:

Mother’s Brunch Casserole

8 slices white loaf bread
1 pound thinly sliced Virginia baked or other good quality deli ham
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. Onion salt
1/2 tsp. Dry mustard
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
3 cups cornflakes

Phase 1:
18 minutes, plus 8 hours refrigeration time
Cut bread and ham into bite sized pieces. Break eggs into medium mixing bowl and whisk well. Whisk in milk, onion salt and mustard.

Coat 13 x 9 inch glass or ceramic baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Scatter pieces of bread evenly in dish. Scatter ham pieces and cheese evenly over bread. Pour egg mixture over ham and cheese. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Casserole can be refrigerated, covered, at this point for up to 24 hours.

Phase 2:
5 minutes, plus 45 minutes unattended baking time and 5 to 10 minutes resting time.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place butter in 2 cup or larger glass measure, cover with paper towel, and microwave on high until melted, about 45 seconds. Place cornflakes in large, freezer weight, zipper top plastic bag and crush cornflakes using your hands or rolling pin.

Add half melted butter to bag and shake vigorously. Add remaining butter and continue to shake until most of cereal is coated. Sprinkle cornflakes evenly over casserole. Bake casserole, uncovered, until lightly browned on top and eggs are set, about 45 minutes. Let casserole rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serve. Makes 8 servings.

Reader Comments (6)

That's so funny, because my mother made a similar dish for Christmas morning as well. It was a different recipe -- no corn flakes, sausage instead of ham -- but otherwise very similar. She called it "Breakfast Casserole", but I'll have to let her know that it's called "Mother�s Brunch Casserole". She'll get a kick out of that.
December 27, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermashby
We will try the Breakfast Casserole Sunday MorningRegards,Ed O

December 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChinchorrero
Ed, let me know how you guys like it!
December 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Great casserole. (We loved it)We made 2 portions for 14 peopleThanks for the recipe.Regards,Ed O

December 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChinchorrero
Ed, that's excellent to hear! When we have this, only a few pieces remain if any, and even better, the leftovers heat really well in the microwave or the oven.

Thanks for sharing!
December 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Mashby, that's cracks me up that your mom has a casserole like this one! Gail especially likes this with the shaved ham, because it's less fatty than sausage, yet has the nice flavor of the ham.

This is one of my favorite dishes, so I hope if you guys try it, you will like it too. You guys can call it Mashby's Mamma's Casserole! :-)
December 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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