Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham

Eric and I are always arguing about the lights in our house. (It has nothing to do with the electricity bill, which is what my parents were always yelling at me about.) I like to be able to see what I’m doing. Eric likes ambiance, which means lamplight only. This is great if you have lots of lamps. Bring on the ambiance, I say, if you have enough lamps.


But we don’t. So I always get into trouble when I walk into the kitchen and flip the lights on (to see what I’m doing) and I’m always moaning to Eric that I feel like I live in the 14th century or something.

The addition of the Christmas tree has decreased contention in our home considerably. Eric loves the extra ambiance. I love Christmas. (It makes me feel more goodwill toward men, i.e., less likely to complain about living in a cave.) It’s a win-win.

I think the moral of the story here is that Christmas solves all problems.

IMG_4810Let me introduce you to my favorite breakfast casserole of all time. I used to think that I liked most breakfast casseroles, and that they are kind of hard to mess up. Wrong. I’ve tried quite a few ones over the past couple years and they were all failures. But this one is a gem. It hasn’t got any surprises in it, just your basic potatoes-eggs-ham. Perfect. Plus you can do it overnight, so this is a golden recipe for the non-morning person who hates strata (like me.) This is a great recipe for Christmas morning.

Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham

Yield: Serves 12


  • 1 package (30 oz) frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed black forest ham*, 2 thick slices (a regular ham steak works too)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, or cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a greased 9x13 inch pan, layer potatoes. Pour melted butter over potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Layer ham and cheeses over potatoes. Whisk together eggs, cream or evaporated milk, and salt; pour on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cover with foil if eggs get too brown.
  2. Overnight instructions:
  3. In a greased 9x13 inch pan, layer potatoes. Pour melted butter over potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Layer ham and cheeses over potatoes. Whisk together eggs, cream or evaporated milk, and salt; pour on top. (If you know time is going to be tight in the morning, shred all the cheese, cube the ham, and whisk together the eggs the night before and refrigerate it. That way you can just layer and bake.) Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Cover with foil if eggs get too brown.


*You can substitute cooked bacon or sausage. I would guess about a half pound on the sausage; bacon will probably be about 6-7 slices.


Source: my mother-in-law Kris who got it from The Domestic Diva’s Party Cookbook





  1. janice says

    why do men like living in caves? i’ve noticed as time passes that i want even MORE light, and the otherwise reasonable man i’m married to seems to want to exist only by the light of the computer…

    • Eric says

      I don’t want to live in a cave. I want to live in a comfortable wood paneled study with dark walls, shelves of books, and plenty of lamps. Overhead light is death.

      • Trish Wall says

        I agree with Eric. I like only lamplight. But then I used to have a lot of lamps. (Recently all my household goods were either stolen or thrown away by my apt. office. Many were in a storage closet.)
        Overhead light gives me headaches or makes me sleepy. ESPECIALLY fluorescent lighting.
        Dear, it’s not men. It’s what makes you feel good. I like indirect lighting, myself.

      • Mama says

        I hate overhead lighting. It’s garish. When I was a kid, I had a lamp in my room and I love the low light- easier on my eyes. Well, if I was in trouble, my parents would open my bedroom door, snap on the overhead light and grill me or whup me. So the overhead light thing is linked to negative experiences and feeling.

    • says

      Hi Shruti! I’m not sure this is the best recipe for you if you are vegan! It has butter, cheese, ham, eggs, and milk, none of which are vegan. Maybe try googling “vegan breakfast casserole.” Good luck!

  2. Sam says

    I make a lot of hash brown casseroles & use the pre-cooked patties, shredding them by hand. This eliminates the step of cooking the shredded kind or using them raw in a recipe, which doesn’t lend much flavor.

  3. Christa says

    I really like this method!! I used fresh potatoes and added a small shredded onion. I baked the potatoes and onion with the butter about 45 minutes, stirring halfway through. I haven’t served it yet, but after tasting the potatoes, which are delicious on their own, I know it’s gonna be good. I can see using this method to cook hash browns then finish them on the griddle.

    • says

      Hey Christa! That’s genius! I feel like whenever I make hashbrowns on the stovetop they get dried out. I’m totally trying this method next time! Hope you like the casserole, it’s a favorite of mine! :)


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