Thinking Ahead


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.

Easy Breakfast Casserole

10 slices raisin or fruit bread. cubed (actually, any sliced bread will do)

8 eggs

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

bacon

raspberry sauce

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.

Raspberry Sauce

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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10 thoughts on “Thinking Ahead

  1. A hot dish like a casserole for BREAKFAST is a totally new idea for us.. heck the Dutch don’t even toast their bread (that’s a very anglo saxon tradition) let alone eat any big warm dishes from the oven for breakfast.
    It Looks yummy!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Yes, not very European for breakfast, but it’s also good later in the day!

  2. Sounds yummy. I think I’ll bring my crew over to your house to open gifts. 😉

  3. Sounds like a great idea for the big day when you would rather be by the tree instead of in the kitchen. Merry Christmas, Lulu.

  4. Linda "Lin" Perry Voyles December 24, 2011 — 3:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing what sounds like a delicious recipe, and it makes so much sense to have a casserole that you can just pop in the oven while you enjoy Christmas with your family!

  5. wishing you a very merry christmas, it sounds like a dish that would be welcome anytime of day 🙂

  6. This looks wonderful, Lulu! I love easy recipes. Thanks…Christine

  7. Yum, yum, yum, that sounds awesome! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and hope you don’t mind but I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award: http://thebigfatnoodle.com/2011/12/30/boys-will-be-boys-and-happy-new-year-wishes-to-all/

    1. I didn’t see this until after I read your blog. Thank you, Noodle.

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