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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Enjoy this savory casserole on its own or as a side

Comfort food at its best! This creamy casserole is the perfect side dish.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Peapod and Martha Pesa of A Family Feast.


  • 2 Cups green bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus butter to grease pan
  • 5 Cups cubed sweet bread such as Portuguese sweet bread, King’s Hawaiian, or challah (cut into 1-inch dice)
  • 3 Cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Pound cooked ham; cut into 1/2-inch dice (We used Jones Dairy Farm Dainty Ham)
  • 10 Eggs, beaten
  • 4 Cups whole milk
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon white pepper


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In a large skillet, sauté bell pepper and 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat for five minutes. Set aside. 

Place cubed bread in a buttered 9x13-inch casserole dish or pan. 

Toss together cooked peppers, cheese and diced ham in a large bowl, then spread evenly over bread cubes.

Beat eggs with milk. 

Place salt, mustard, nutmeg and pepper in a small bowl and mix a few tablespoons of the egg mixture in with the spices and mix with a fork until dissolved and not lumpy then add back into egg mixture and whip to combine.

Pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture and press down slightly so bread absorbs liquid.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Increase heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 15 minutes or until browned on top and a knife inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Allow casserole to rest for ten minutes before serving. Cut into squares and serve with a spatula.