Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

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This Cheesy Breakfast Casserole recipe was in this month’s Rachael Ray magazine, in a pull-out section entitled “Casseroles”. Every recipe in this little booklet looks so delicious, I want to try them all.

I went a little simpler with Cheesy Breakfast Casserole. The casserole has all the ingredients of a classic Croque Monsieur: Cheese, ham, eggs, bread. I used these classic ingredients (with a cheese substitution) and then went crazy at the end and served it with syrup. Sometimes I out do myself.

I made only a few small changes to the inspiration recipe. I changed the cheese to Monterey Jack and used slightly more butter and slightly less mustard. Rachael’s recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of mustard and I probably used half that, though I kept the same amount in the written recipe above. I would say go with what your family likes as far as mustard amounts.

Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 1 day-old baguette or loaf of french bread 12 oz., cut into 20 slices (toast lightly if bread is fresh)
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 9 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest ham
  • 4 eggs
  • cups milk use whatever milk you have on hand, I used 2% milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • syrup for serving


  • Cut half of the bread into ½ inch pieces. Place in large bowl and pour melted butter over it and stir until bread is moistened.
  • Spread Dijon mustard on the remaining slices of bread. Lay the bread on bottom of greased casserole dish. If you need to, overlap pieces. Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese on top of bread. Fold slices of ham in half and layer evenly on top of cheese. Sprinkle ½ of the remaining cheese over the ham. Cover all with the chopped pieces of bread and then with remaining cheese.
  • Mix together eggs, milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour over the casserole and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake until lightly brown and bubbly on top, about 25-35 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite syrup on the side.
Keyword CASSEROLE, cheesy
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