With all the snow yesterday, I wanted to make something for lunch that was warm and filling for my snow adventurers. John was shoveling the driveway while Arabella was playing with her new bucket and shovel – which are not just for the sandbox or beach, but great in the snow! This whole recipe will probably take you less time to throw together than it will to go through all the pictures here. I got carried away. A snow day provides great back lighting in my kitchen.
It all started with some leftover bread from Panera. Hmmm…what can I make with this?
Cut it into cubes.
Maybe some ham that I have in the freezer. One cup, that is.
This shredded gouda I got on sale at Target to go with the ham in the freezer. One cup also.
Toss together in a bowl.
After mixing up, pour it into a 9 x 13 baking dish. You should probably grease it, but I didn’t and it came out fine.
Spread it out and make sure everything is evenly distributed.
I used 10 jumbo eggs which is probably equal to a dozen regular sized eggs. There was literally 4 dozen jumbo sized eggs, and 1 $5 carton of crazy organic eggs at Target. I guess everyone was preparing for being snowed in for 1 day. I went with the jumbo.
Measure 3/4 cup of half n half.
Beat the eggs.
Whisk in the half n half.
See how nice and creamy it looks?
Season with a pinch of salt and a crank of pepper.
Pour egg mixture into baking dish.
Stir around to make sure all the bread gets wet.
Top with another cup of cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until egg is set.
Dish is out and get ready to ooh and ahh!
- 7 cups crusty bread, cubed
- 1 cup ham, cubed
- 2 cups gouda cheese, shredded
- 1 dozen eggs, beat well
- ¾ cup half n half
- salt & pepper to taste
- Fresh or dried parsley to garnish
- Toss the bread, ham and 1 cup of cheese together in a large bowl.
- Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Whisk together the half n half and eggs. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Pour over bread mixture and stir thoroughly to moisten all the bread.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until eggs are set.
This would be really great for a brunch with friends or family. I also envisioned it on a buffet table with a spring salad, a fruit salad, coffee and some kind of sweet eats. I’m ready to host a brunch now! Also, as an add in, I thought some roasted asparagus cut into 1 1/2 in pieces would be great tossed in this casserole.