HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

Our delicious Holiday Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole is the perfect breakfast choice for Christmas morning – it can be made the night before!
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD

I always try to make a special breakfast for Christmas, but the last thing I want to be doing on Christmas morning is spending all my time in the kitchen!  The solution to this problem is the breakfast casserole – one that can be made the night before so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven and let it bake while everyone is opening their presents.  By the time all the gifts are opened, breakfast is ready to serve!

I recently had the opportunity to try Arla Dofino Gouda Cheese and it makes this particular breakfast casserole recipe absolutely amazing!  I am generally very conservative with cheese and have never ventured very far beyond cheddar, but after trying the Arla Dofino cheese, I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely satisfied with plain cheddar again!  They have several different varieties of cheese that they offer – click here to get a coupon for $1.00 off any Arla Dofino product!  I was able to find this cheese in several local grocery stores in the deli section.

HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

1 cup diced ham
1 cup roasted red peppers, diced
1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (I used about 1 Tbsp dried parsley)
1/2 cup minced onions
1 loaf sourdough bread, crust removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 cups Arla Dofino Gouda Cheese, shredded (I used about 1 1/2 pkgs to get this amount)
12 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

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In a small bowl, combine the ham, peppers, parsley and onions.  Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 9 X13 pan.  Layer half of the ham mixture on top of the bread and then sprinkle half of the cheese on top of that.  Repeat the layers one more time.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne.  Pour over the top and then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator before preheating the oven to 350.  Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.  Enjoy!

**I combined several recipes from several different cookbooks to come up with this casserole.  One of the recipes called for sun-dried tomatoes which I thought would be very festive and color-appropriate for Christmas, but when I went to make the casserole I realized that I only had roasted red peppers but I used those instead and I love the results!  I used dried parsley so the green isn’t very obvious, but if you use chopped fresh parsley, you’ll have a lovely red/green combination for Christmas!  I think spinach would work great too!  The best part about this recipe is that it is very versatile – you can use any combination of veggies and/or breakfast meats (sausage, ham, bacon, etc) and it will still be delicious!

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!  

Arla Dofino is generously offering a lucky reader a Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast prize pack!

The prize pack is a $60 value and will include:

  • Crate & Barrel mixing bowl
  • Anthropologie whisk
  • Crate & Barrel cheese grater
  • A coupon for one free Arla Dofino product
  • Set of Arla Dofino recipe cards

To enter, please click over to the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway page on Pinterest and follow them.  Then select your favorite recipe from the page, and copy and paste the recipe link into the comments section below, telling me why you want to try it!  We will select a winner on 12/15/14. Good luck everyone and thank you for participating!

HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREADHOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE : ARLA DOFINO CHEESE : BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD
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HOLIDAY HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Butter With A Side of Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley I used about 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup minced onions
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread crust removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cups Arla Dofino Gouda Cheese shredded (I used about 1 1/2 pkgs to get this amount)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ham, peppers, parsley and onions.
  2. Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 9 X13 pan.
  3. Layer half of the ham mixture on top of the bread and then sprinkle half of the cheese on top of that. Repeat the layers one more time.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne.
  5. Pour over the top and then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator before preheating the oven to 350.
  7. Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!
  9. **I combined several recipes from several different cookbooks to come up with this casserole. One of the recipes called for sun-dried tomatoes which I thought would be very festive and color-appropriate for Christmas, but when I went to make the casserole I realized that I only had roasted red peppers but I used those instead and I love the results! I used dried parsley so the green isn’t very obvious, but if you use chopped fresh parsley, you’ll have a lovely red/green combination for Christmas! I think spinach would work great too! The best part about this recipe is that it is very versatile – you can use any combination of veggies and/or breakfast meats (sausage, ham, bacon, etc) and it will still be delicious!

*This is a sponsored post by Arla Dofino, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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  1. Later in the morning on Christmas, we head on over to our son's home to see what surprises Santa has brought. Our daughter and family join us and then we open our joint presents. Afterwards we all enjoy a tasty brunch. I love your recipe that you posted.. it's very similar to our son's Cheesy Potatoes. But I think this recipe from Arla Dofino would be tasty too! http://

  2. I&#39;d love to try the Three Havarti Grilled Cheese Recipes!! I&#39;d love to try it because my 3 kiddos LOVE grill cheese, but we eat it so much that I&#39;m starting to dread it.. this puts a new spin on it that I think would get me back to loving Grilled Cheese and it would get my kiddos to step out of their comfort zone and try something new too 🙂 Thanks for the chance!!<br /><br /> http://

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