Christmas morning has always been a special time with our family. When I was growing up, my mama always cooked a huge breakfast and after we opened our gifts, we would sit down together and eat as a family.
This tradition is still alive today in my own house and each year I try to make sure everyone has at least one thing on the menu that is their favorite. For my daughter, it is homemade cinnamon rolls. My husband is super easy to please because he just loves good ol' southern grits and ham. As for me? I absolutely love a breakfast quiche or casserole that is loaded with cheese!
This recipe is super easy and it uses deli ham instead of bacon or sausage. If you prefer bacon or sausage, it can easily be substituted. Just make sure you brown the bacon/sausage prior to adding it to the casserole dish.
To simplify this even more, you can chop up the ham and onion and shred the cheese the day before. Store them in ziplock bags inside the refrigerator and just dump them into the casserole dish on Christmas morning.
This dish is cheesy, moist and perfect served alongside a hot bowl of grits, sliced tomato or fruit.
Use add-ins like green pepper and mushrooms for a veggie or western omelet version.
Add green pepper to the layers, then serve with sour cream and salsa or pico de galo.
Create a meat lovers' version by adding bacon and sausage.
3/4 pound deli ham, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped into tiny bits
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I use a mixture of white and yellow, but this is up to you.)
4 oz cream cheese
2 cups milk
1 cup baking mix (Bisquick, Jiffy, etc.)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
In a greased 9x13 casserole dish, layer the onions, ham and shredded cheese in that order.
Using your fingers or a butter knife, pinch off small bite-size pieces of the cream cheese and dab on top of the cheddar cheese. Try to evenly distribute the pieces as best as you can.
In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs and milk first and mix well with a whisk.
Add the baking mix and whisk until all the lumps are gone.
Add the salt and pepper and mix well.
Pour this mixture over the top of the meat and cheese.
Bake on 375 degrees for about 35 minutes or until the top is slightly brown.
This will poof up quite a bit when baking, but it will deflate as it cools.
Allow it to rest a few minutes before slicing and serving.