I like having a breakfast casserole in the refrigerator to pop in the oven when other activity makes cooking of secondary importance. No time does this make more sense than Christmas morning with all its excitement. Here’s what will be ready tomorrow when everyone gets hungry.
10 slices raisin or fruit bread. cubed (actually, any sliced bread will do)
1 3/4 c. half and half
1 1/3 c. grated Gruyère, Swiss or cheddar cheese
2 t. flour
1/4 diced onion
3/4 c. ham chunks, diced
2 c. mixed berries
Lightly grease 2 9″ pie pans. Divide cubed bread between them. Mix eggs, half and half, cheese, flour, ham and onion together and pour over bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate to allow bread cubes to absorb the liquid.
When ready to cook, remove from refrigerator and cook in oven preheated to 350 30-40 minutes or until liquid is set.
Top with crumbled, cooked bacon, mixed fruit and raspberry sauce. As a side, roasted potatoes are perfect. Try a combination of sweet potatoes, fingerlings, rosemary, onion and olive oil roasted at 400 for about 20 minutes.
1/2 c. raspberry jelly, 2 T. water mixed together and microwaved until the mixture becomes liquid.
So, how easy will this make Christmas morning? As you might guess, this is a recipe that can be altered by varying the bread, using any mix of berries you desire and choosing a jelly that best complements the fruit.
Here’s wishing you a most wonderful Christmas morning.
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