This Christmas Morning Wife Saver is the perfect casserole for Christmas morning made with ham and cheese and topped with cornflakes. Just wake up, bake it and enjoy!
There are only a couple weeks left until Christmas and I’m so happy to share this recipe with you because it’s the ideal Christmas morning breakfast casserole.
I certainly cannot take credit for this recipe, it’s one I got from my friend a few years ago, whose mother used to make this every Christmas morning. I thought it sounded so easy and perfect for Christmas breakfast or brunch.
Christmas Morning Wife Saver
This recipe is a Christmas classic, and it has become a tradition for us because it’s delicious and the best part of it is that you can prepare it the night before.
This recipe is great because it’s so versatile, you can really personalize it to your taste and preference and add any type of ham you like or skip the ham and add veggies for a vegetarian version.
On Christmas morning, just pour some melted butter over the top then sprinkle with some corn flakes or rice krispies and bake.
Your whole house will smell delicious and wake everyone up for breakfast. I love to pour some maple syrup over mine or simply serve it along with some fruit.
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Christmas Morning Wife Saver
- 10 slices bread (remove crusts if preferred)
- 12 slices ham thinly sliced (I used black forest)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese sharp, grated
- 6 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon black pepper ground
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ cup chives chopped
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 3 cups whole milk
- ½ cup butter melted
- 1 cup corn flakes cereal crushed
- Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish or spray with cooking oil.
- Cut and fit 5 slices of bread to fit over entire bottom of dish. Depending on the size of your bread and casserole dish you might need more bread. Layer the slices of ham then top with the cheddar cheese. Cut and fit the remaining 5 slices of bread to completely cover the ham and cheese.
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs with the pepper, dry mustard, chives, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Add the milk and whisk until well combined. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Pour the melted butter evenly over the casserole and sprinkle with the crushed corn flakes over the top.
- Bake in the preheated oven until set and lightly browned, about 1 hour. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- What can I substitute the ham with: You can use Canadian bacon, turkey or chicken deli meat or for a vegetarian version, try adding more veggies like peppers and mushrooms.
- What if I want to bake right away: I recommend letting the casserole rest for at least an hour before baking to allow the bread to soak up the egg mixture.
- What to serve it with: You can serve this drizzled with maple syrup or serve with fruit.
- How to store it: Store leftovers covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- How to reheat it: I would reheat this in the oven in a casserole or baking dish to keep it crunchy for about 15 minutes or until heated through.
- Nutrition: Nutritional information could vary depending on brands used.