Ham Breakfast Casserole
This exceptional Ham Breakfast Casserole is so moist, baked very slowly, and packed with delicious flavor. Serve it to your out-of-town guests!
We love staying with friends when we head out of town and travel, and we equally enjoy returning the favor in our home.
Especially during the holidays, our days consist of lovely meals (with this yummy Ham Breakfast Casserole recipe), walks, enjoying movies, and what we really love is showing our guests around our lovely valley, mostly getting them out in the great outdoors for hiking!
This time, I did all the cooking and we did not eat out.
Our evenings were full of good food and drinks, conversation with the big and little kids, and precious hours when we enjoyed getting to know our friends on a deeper level, or for my husband and his friend, reminiscing about the good ol’ days.
Hosting out-of-town guests.
We always try to make our home an open and inviting space. Even though our house is not huge, we always give our guests our master bedroom (with master bath). We are very happy to transform our space to make it their space for a few days!
I try to include new reading material, a fun gift or 2, this time books for the kids, and in the bathroom, extra soap, shampoo, shavers, toothpaste – just in case they forgot theirs!
When I think back to both the times we’ve hosted in our own home, and the awesome memories of staying with our friends in their home, I realize the highlights of those times are pretty fun. One time in particular, our friends were hosting some teens from a sports team, and when they went to make up the guest bed, it had been saturated in Coca Cola, as one kid spilled his Coke on the brand new mattress. We had to carry the mattress outside to dry (thank God it was summertime), and then make up the bed late that night.
Nothing is perfect.
No matter what happens, things will never be perfect when you host others. Kids will puke (it’s a running joke in my family, because when I was little, I did indeed puke red punch on beautiful white carpet!), wet the bed, get cranky, make messes–it’s just reality with any family.
The three secrets to successful winter hosting for our family are these: quality time, good food, and get them out in the great outdoors. Off-the-beaten path makes the memories even better!
Hiking Grizzly Peak Trailhead.
This time we hiked Grizzly Peak Trailhead in Ashland. We weren’t quite prepared for all the snow, but it happened to be so beautiful out and not too cold, and we managed just fine.
I mentioned before that I did a lot of cooking before our guests came. One thing I did was make up 2 ham breakfast casseroles! So the morning of this hike, were were well fed, and ready for an adventurous day!
The conversation that takes place on the trail, and just experiencing the beauty around us, are at the core of why we bother with the effort of hiking, hospitality. opening our home to others.
Being relaxed in your own home is important when guests are around, and I feel being prepared with meal planning and things to do makes you a good host!
You want to have a relaxed atmosphere, so everyone feels at home, and one more tip .. when little kids come, we pull out our kids’ legos and American Girl dolls, to make it even more special.
Exceptional Breakfast Ham Casserole.
Now for the delicious breakfast casserole. I used leftover honey baked ham, which was delicious.
There are a couple things that make this breakfast dish so exceptional.
Cooking it on a low heat, for a longer time, drizzling the butter over the layered bread, and then the flavors of the diced chilies.
Ending with 2 flavors of cheeses.
I promise, you will not be serving a dry breakfast casserole!
And your guests will love you!
Some may say it’s just too expensive and too much work to host others, but I say, it teaches our kids about hospitality, and we teach them how to spend some energy investing in people and friendships.
The people in our lives are what make the holidays so tender and sweet.
Will you be hosting guests over the holidays? What is your favorite breakfast dish to serve?
Looking for a few more recipes to serve your guests for breakfast this holiday season? You’ll love my Make-Ahead Chocolate Coffee Cake, Challah French Toast Casserole with Cranberries, Potato Fennel Gratin, Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries, and Blueberry Scones! Oh, and this is our favorite Sour Cream Banana Bread! ENJOY!
Ham Breakfast Casserole
Make this vegetarian, substitute with your favorite meat (sausage or bacon). I used sprouted wheat bread for our guest who had a wheat allergy.
- 1 loaf sprouted wheat bread, sliced
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 lb. ham
- ½ lb. fresh sliced mushrooms
- 1 large can diced chiles
- 2 cups grated Jack cheese (I use Tillamook brand)
- 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (I use Tillamook brand)
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- ½ tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. basil
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. minced onions
- 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
- Place bread slices in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan, overlapping each other Drizzle the butter over the top. Layer the grated sharp cheddar cheese, meat(s), mushrooms, chilies, and Jack cheese.
- Mix in a separate bowl the eggs, milk, paprika, basil, pepper, minced onions, and dry mustard.
- Pour egg mixture over the layered ingredients. Cover with foil and chill overnight.
- In the morning, remove the foil and bake at 325° for 1 hour, or until center is firm and does not jiggle. Depending on your oven, you may need to cook for an additional 5 mintues.
- Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.
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