Throughout the nine years I’ve been blogging, I’ve documented the holidays with my family every single year. Longtime blog readers are probably used to seeing familiar dishes pop up on my family’s table every Christmas and Thanksgiving and every year I go into the holiday season with the intention to share some of our favorite holiday recipes with you guys.
Some of my favorite holiday memories center around preparing (and eating!) our family’s go-to recipes. I’ve shared a few on the blog — my mom’s stuffing (hands down my favorite Thanksgiving dish and one I desperately need to re-photograph!), Ryan’s grandmother’s glazed carrots, my mother-in-law’s pineapple soufflé, Mimi’s sugar cookies — but even after nine years, I still have a handful of holiday recipes that haven’t managed to make it on PBF. Well, I’m excited to say that another holiday recipe favorite is coming your way today and this is the recipe I can guarantee you’ll see at my family’s breakfast table every Christmas morning!
I’ve mentioned my mom’s cheese puff casserole on the blog for years and it’s the kind of recipe that’s a little challenging to describe. It’s cheesy and savory and tastes a bit like a thin yet fluffy omelet or a savory bread pudding. Oh and there’s no “healthifying” this recipe. Embrace it for what it is — a holiday dish that’s made with butter, bread, whole milk and a whole lot of love!
The base of this recipe is bread and we typically opt to make it with white bread or oatmeal bread. We’ve tried it with whole wheat bread and it just wasn’t the same but the bread is very secondary in this recipe since it takes a backseat to the real star… Cheese!
Sharp cheddar cheese is key for this cheese puff casserole. While a more mild cheese can be used, we always opt for sharp cheddar in our house because the recipe is called cheese puff casserole and we want to really taste that wonderful melted cheese flavor in every bite.
One huge perk that comes along with this recipe is the ability to prep it ahead of time. It’s a recipe that needs to sit overnight but that makes it ideal for big holiday gatherings since you won’t have to do anything the morning you want to eat it other than pop it into the oven for 45 minutes. And speaking from experience, smelling this casserole in the oven on Christmas morning makes the whole house feel extra cozy!
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A cheesy, savory dish perfect for a holiday breakfast or a family brunch.
- 6 slices bread, crusts removed
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick), room temperature butter
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon stone ground mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup diced ham
- 1 8-ounce package shredded cheddar cheese + additional cheese for topping, if desired
- Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter and place in the bottom of a 9×13 pan with the buttered side down. (You will likely need to cut a slice or two of bread to so the slices of bread fit well in the bottom of the pan and cover the entire bottom.)
- Evenly sprinkle cheese and ham on top of the slices of bread.
- Whisk the eggs and mix together with milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and mustard.
- Pour the egg mixture over everything. Top with additional cheese if desired.
- Cover casserole and refrigerate overnight.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45- 60 minutes or until casserole turns golden brown and begins to puff up.
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Question of the Day
What is your go-to breakfast dish for family gatherings over the holidays?
Every Christmas morning, I can guarantee you’ll see Cheese Puff Casserole and Monkey Bread on my family’s plate and an Orange Julius in our glass!