Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

It was my boss's birthday and I needed a savory breakfast dish to bring for a potluck since I knew most of the group would be bringing pastries. Faye and I have been making a savory muffin recipe using refrigeratged biscuit dough for a few years now, but I needed to make something quick and less time consuming. Well, sometimes experiments end up being the best thing ever! I took the same basic ingredients in the savory muffin recipe and made a Strata instead. Based on the comments I received from co-workers, this recipe is definitely a keeper. So the next time you need a quick breakfast casserole dish, give this one a try. It's fast, easy and full of flavor!

Savory Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

4-5 refrigerated biscuits (I used flakey)
2 T vegetable oil
1 c diced ham
3/4 c diced red bell pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1 c fresh spinach, chopped
6 large eggs
1 c milk
1 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste
1 c shredded cheese (mexican-style blend)


Preheat oven to 350

Spray 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray

Cut each biscuit into four pieces and line the baking dish with the biscuit pieces. There will be spaces in between but the biscuits will expand during the baking process. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the ham, onions and red bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute briefly, approx 1-2 minutes just to wilt the spinach. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Spoon the ham mixture evenly over the biscuit lined baking dish. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake approx 20 minutes uncovered. At this point, the biscuits should be golden brown. Cover with foil  (this will prevent the biscuits from becoming too brown) and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove and serve warm or at room temperature.


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