Break Your Fast with This Casserole

I used to be a bit of a potluck brunch-hosting fanatic, and after couple bad experiences with trying to make pancakes on the spot, I decided to find a lower-maintenance dish. After about three minutes of careful thought, I ended up settling on casseroles. I think casseroles get a bad name, since they’re associated with a kind of cheating; you know, just throwing a bunch of leftovers in a dish, warming it up and calling it a meal.

But there’s this whole other world of intentional casseroles, and it can be a very fun, very delicious little world to live in. I wanted to focus on breakfast casserole, though, because the extra bonus of making casseroles in the morning is that they take so little work. For this recipe, if you use store-bought, pre-cooked ham, this will literally take you five minutes to prepare. Then just slap it in the oven and enjoy yourself while you and your nearest and dearest bask in the wonderful cheesy/hammy/potato-y smells.

Really I’ve got no special tricks or hints for you. The only way you could mess this up would be by using uncooked ham. In which case “¦ yikes.

Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

1 (32 ounce) package frozen hash brown potatoes
8 ounces cooked, diced ham
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of potato soup
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, mix hash browns, ham, cream of potato soup, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

3. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.

Photo: Getty
Recipe: allrecipes

16 thoughts on “Break Your Fast with This Casserole”

  1. In Utah we call these funeral potatoes because they’re often served at the funeral luncheon following the service. Everyone knows the recipe, and has their own little twist on it, like adding cream cheese or making a bread crumb crust on top. You can’t go wrong either way!

  2. Are Americans familiar with the Christmas Morning Wife Saver (that is honestly what it’s called) or is it a Canadian thing? It’s a strata casserole of bread, sliced cheese and sliced ham with eggs poured over the whole thing. You stick it in the fridge on Christmas Eve, pop it in the oven when you get up and it’s ready by the time the kids are done opening their presents.

        1. It’s from the Best of Bridge cookbook and I have no idea if it migrated south. But at least here in Western Canada it seems to be the staple Xmas breakfast. Best of Bridge has some other amazing brunch casseroles (including a kinda Mexican one called the Spouse Saver, which is actually easier and more delicious than the Wife Saver).

  3. You need to try Tater-tot Cssserole (or Hot Dish, as we call them here).

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,tater_tot_hotdish,FF.html

    We use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

    Man, my mother was the Casserole Queen. When she died, we downloaded all her saved recipes. All the categories had about as many recipes as you would expect, except under “casserole” she had HUNDREDS. It even had sub-categories!

    This is a ridiculously good sweet breakfast casserole

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1918,154186-244198,00.html

    (You’ve obviously hit upon a subject that I am familiar with!)

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