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Delicious breakfast recipe- Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Egg Casserole– easy to make when you feed a crowd and great for breakfast or brunch.
hash brown casserole with ham
Do you have leftover ham and don’t know what to do with it? Or small pieces of cheese that could be put to use?
Here is an idea of a very, but VERY easy breakfast casserole with hash browns and ham that you could make. Maybe you have company over and have to provide breakfast or brunch.
This dish is perfect for events like this, especially around the holidays when we have family coming from around the country staying with us.
No matter when you bake it, if it is for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas morning, Easter, or Mother’s Day, this recipe feeds a crowd and satisfies most palates.
After all, we all need a good breakfast to start the day. This is not a new recipe and I am sure many of you made it a million times before.
However, I hope that this recipe is inspiring enough for the ones out there who never made it before.
The original recipe uses bacon, but in my kitchen, we use whatever we have available. Ham, cold cuts, smoked cured meats, sausages are all perfect to use in this casserole.
We also love cheese, so there is always a piece of this and a piece of that to shred and make a delicious “something”.
What kind of ingredients do I need to make this hash brown casserole with ham:
This is easy!
- Hash browns, which are available in most grocery stores
- Ham– which can be replaced with bacon, cold cuts, like turkey ham, chopped pieces of sausage, like kielbasa, or your favorite type(I like milder sausages, like mild Italian for example)
- Cheese– this is really up to you- use what you have- cheddar is good, but how about mozzarella, Gruyere, Colby, Monterey Jack or a mixture of them
- Salt and pepper to taste, as everyone is different.
The only difficult part of this recipe is to crack the eggs!!! 🙂
How to make the recipe:
First step is to preheat the oven to 350F. By the time you are done putting the recipe together, the oven will be ready for baking.
The second part is to grab a large bowl and combine together hash browns, ham(or the meat you chose for this recipe), 1/2 cup cheese, salt, pepper and paprika.
Spoon into a greased 13×9″ baking dish and set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs and milk until smooth and pour over hash brown mixture. Top with the remaining cheese.
Voila! The only thing you have to do now is to bake, uncovered, at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown on top.
The waiting part is the hardest part, as you have to be patient for this beauty to come out of the oven!
Just give me a plate and a fork, please! I am so ready!
Serve this ham and hashbrown breakfast casserole next to fresh fruit, for an awesome breakfast, for lunch, with your favorite salad, or even for a light dinner.
Who am I to judge you what you want to eat when you are hungry?
Can I make this ham hash brown egg casserole in advance?
Of course. I do this all the time. For example, I made the casserole today and tomorrow we do not need to worry about breakfast or lunch! Looks good, right? The leftovers can be reheated.
I did not freeze it, so I would not know to give you an advice. I like cooking fresh all the time and I am not really a fan of freezing casseroles and dishes.
If you are like me and love eggs, you might find this recipe also interesting- Crustless quiche– if you have in the fridge ham, bacon, spinach, your favorite cheese you can make this beautiful dish to start the day! Breakfast is ready! Low carb too!
Note for the non-Americans who might find this recipe of Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole with Ham and do not have access to hash browns:
Hash browns are frozen shredded potatoes. If you cannot find already shredded potatoes at the grocery store, the casserole can be made by shredding raw potatoes, placing them in a clean towel and squeezing the liquid out of them as much as possible.
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After that, follow the recipe below and enjoy! I know, it is more complicated, but hey, from my own experience, real, unprocessed potatoes taste better anyway!
What is your favorite breakfast recipe?
Suggestions for recipe that use eggs:
- 20 ounces package frozen hash brown potatoes
- 8 ounces cooked, diced ham(cold cuts, bacon, sausage etc)
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese(or any other favorite cheese that can be shredded)
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- a pinch of paprika
- 13x9" baking dish
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, combine hash browns, ham, 1/2 cup cheese, salt, pepper and paprika.
- Spoon into a greased 13x9" baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs and milk until smooth and pour over hash brown mixture.
- Top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown on top.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g