|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 23g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||54%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||27%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This breakfast casserole is made with all of the great flavors of a Western omelet or Denver omelet. Ham, onion, and chopped bell pepper go into the easy one-dish breakfast casserole, along with cheddar cheese, cubed bread, and eggs. Add some tomatoes or mushrooms to the dish, or replace the ham with Canadian bacon, sausage, or bacon. See the tips and variations below the recipe for more ingredient and substitution ideas.
Make this easy breakfast casserole the night before. Refrigerate the casserole overnight and pop it in the oven in the morning. It's perfect for holiday mornings and family gatherings.
For a hearty breakfast, serve the breakfast bake with juice and sweet rolls or cinnamon rolls. Or add sliced fresh fruit, berries, or a warm fruit compote. The Western omelet ingredients go well with ketchup or salsa on the side.
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8 slices white bread
2 cups shredded sharp or mild Cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups diced cooked ham
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
6 large eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salsa or ketchup, for serving, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish (about 12-by-8-by-2 inches).
Remove the crusts from the bread and cut it into small cubes.
Place the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the bread and then top with the ham, onion, and green bell pepper.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk with the salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Pour egg mixture over the ham and cheese mixture. Then cover the casserole and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove the breakfast casserole from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 350 F.
Uncover the casserole and bake it in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until set.
Serve for either breakfast, brunch, or dinner and enjoy!
Glass Bakeware Warning
For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.
- To bake the casserole right away, prepare it and let it stand for 20 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven as directed, until set.
- Use a combination of red and green bell peppers in the egg mixture.
- Replace the cheddar cheese with a cheddar jack cheese blend or a Mexican blend of cheeses.
- Replace the diced ham with 1 cup of cooked crumbled or thinly sliced breakfast sausage or some cooked and crumbled bacon (about 10 to 12 strips of bacon).
- Add about 1/2 cup of diced seeded tomatoes to the ham and vegetable mixture.
- Sauté 4 ounces of sliced mushrooms and add them to the vegetable and ham mixture.
How to Store
- Leftovers of this breakfast casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Simply reheat an individual serving in the microwave for a quick breakfast, brunch or snack.