I come from casserole-loving people. Attend a potluck with my aunts, uncles and cousins, and you'll inevitably overhear folks exchanging recipes for the cheesy concoctions they brought. My family gathered for brunch several times over the long holiday, and one morning I made this easy breakfast casserole. It starts with a layer of frozen hash brown patties, then cheese and ham, then an egg mixture is poured over the top. This one received high praise from my casserole-hating husband, who asked me to add it to the weekend breakfast rotation. I found .
I wish I had taken a picture of the hash-brown layer on its own. My hash browns fit 2 end-to-end patties across the width of the casserole dish, about 5 rows like that. Then I spread a generous cup of diced ham over the hash browns, then 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese over that. I mixed 7 eggs with 1 cup milk, then flavored with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and dry mustard. I poured that over the ingredients in the casserole; the egg mixture doesn't fully submerge the cheese and ham. Covered with foil and baked at 350F for 1 hour, then transported to my brother's house. When I got there I took off the foil and baked for an additional 15 minutes, until the cheese on top began to brown.
You don't have to be from a family of casserole-lovers to like one of these: