Our Breakfast Casserole Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake Recipe is a partnered effort with the National Pork Board, and would make the perfect addition to your holiday breakfast menu.
I'd venture to say that my husband's favorite part of the holidays is all the extra ham we buy. If he could have ham with every meal, he probably would. My kids are the same way, total ham-a-holics around here. Ham is delicious for sure, but while they're perfectly happy with a slice of ham on a plate, sometimes I like to get a little more creative. This Breakfast Casserole Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake recipe is the perfect compromise because it's chock full of delicious ham, but also incorporates other delicious and healthy flavors to round things out into a full meal.
This easy breakfast casserole is perfect to prepare for a simple holiday morning breakfast, to bring to a neighbor in need, or for your annual ladies' brunch.
This recipe is a great way to use up holiday ham that didn't get finished and breathe new life into your leftovers. If you don't have enough ham to fulfill the recipe requirements, no big deal. You can sub nearly any pork, or even a mix! We like pork breakfast sausage, or chopped pork loin. You could even use rib meat!
Ripe sweet bell peppers give this dish a delicious vibrant flavor, and the color they add just make it feel super festive. I chose red since we're close to Christmas time, but any color sweet bell pepper will work just fine.
If you're feeling industrious, by all means feel free to shred your own potatoes, but I'll admit to cheating and buying a bag of pre-shredded hashbrown potatoes on sale. Honestly, you could even purchase the precut frozen peppers, mushrooms, and onions if you wanted (thaw first!), but personally I find something really enjoyable and calming about cutting vegetables.
It's even beautiful before it's cooked! Look at those delicious chunks of ham and yummy vegetables. If it wasn't for the raw egg, I might not be able to stop myself from sneaking a bite. Hah! I can wait though.
If you don't eat dairy, here's a fun fact. You can totally skip it in this recipe. I love the way the casserole tastes with a little bit of heavy cream and (a whole lot of) cheese, but it will still be super delicious even if you leave it out completely!
One of my favorite holiday moments in years past, and one that I hope to rekindle in the coming years, is a ladies brunch I used to do with a small handful of my closest girlfriends. We would choose a date in late November or early December and all play hooky from work or find childcare for the little ones. We each brought a dish and spent a few delightful daytime hours in the middle of the week just enjoying each others' company.
As working busy moms, this was no small feat. We each made something special and brought our favorite drink. Which usually ended up being a whole bunch of spiked orange juice - yum. We enjoyed the food and company with no strings or obligations. The gifts we brought were only that of time to and from ourselves. Which, in my mind is the greatest gift of all.
It's been a few years since I enjoyed one of our brunches as sadly my gal pals have moved away. But I'm so glad we had those special moments and I look forward to re-kindling this tradition with new friends.
To celebrate moments like these, as well as every day moments the National Pork Board is serving up recipes in a new way. A Pork Be inspired® Facebook bot will provide users with a great-tasting pork recipe to match whatever is on their agenda – whether that’s an afternoon spent watching sports with friends, preparing for (yet another!) family dinner, decorating the house or relaxing by the fire for a quiet night in.
Despite not having my Girlfriends' Breakfast these days, we do still have a really special breakfast every year and you can bet this Breakfast Casserole Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake Recipe will be making an appearance! We celebrate Christmas at my parents' home with all the cousins and amazingly, the kids patiently wait through coffee and breakfast before settling in to see what's under the tree.
As much as I love torturing my kids and making them wait, I don't *really* want to win Meanest Mom Ever, so preparing a casserole like this which comes together easily (and could even be prepared in advance!), is the perfect solution for everyone. This way I at least get World's Okayest Mom. Because I'm definitely insisting on a family picture (or sixteen) in our coordinating jammies!
Since this is totally a full meal in a dish, you could also do what we did tonight (no, seriously), and fix it for dinner. We grabbed what was left from our Thanksgiving ham, put everything together and had a simple, delicious, and nutritious (easy!!!) weeknight meal.
"Wet-cured hams are most commonly available in three varieties. Ham with natural juices is a favorite for a dinner centerpiece. This type of ham has had little water added during the curing process. Its velvety texture and attractive appearance make it an idea choice for holiday meals. Ham with water added retains more water during the curing process than ham with natural juices. This type of ham is ideal for steaks, thin-slicing and shaving. Ham and water product is a common type of ham, most often found at the deli counter. This type of ham has the most water added of all the ham varieties. It is a great choice for ham that’s intended to be served cold.
Most hams are fully cooked, as noted on the label. Cooked hams can be served cold or after warming in the oven. Uncooked hams should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145° F, followed by a 3-minute rest time."
If you love pork (like we do!) you can chat with the National Pork Board through their Facebook bot. Visit the Pork Be inspired Facebook page and click 'message' to talk to the bot. Or find tons of great resources at the Pork Be Inspired website!
For other delicious holiday and weeknight friendly meals, try our Fig Glazed Rack of Pork with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe, Bobby Parrish's Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Cherry & Mango Chutney or a Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples and Onions from Weelicious!
Breakfast Casserole Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake Recipe, Ingredients:
- 2 cups ham (or other pork meat!), chopped into small pieces
- 4 cups shredded potato or hashbrown
- 1 cup sweet bell pepper (approximately one medium/small pepper), small chopped
- 1/4 cup sweet yellow onion, minced
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 6 eggs
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)
- 2 cups finely shredded cheese, divided in half
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Breakfast Casserole Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake Recipe, Directions:
- In a large bowl, combine sweet peppers, onion, garlic, mushrooms, and ham. Mix well.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
- Add whisked eggs to vegetable bowl and stir. Incorporate potatoes, then 1 cup of shredded cheese.
- Pour casserole mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 lightly oiled baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 45 minutes, until cooked through and egg is set. If using a broiler safe dish, turn on broiler for 2 - 3 minutes to crisp and brown cheese.
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