March 31, 2015

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach

I'm so glad a friend of mine introduced me to this delicious casserole just in time for Easter.  Because tasty Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach is just perfect for that leftover Easter {or Christmas} ham!

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach
We all have a friend or two who are amazing cooks, right? ... That person who, when they tell you about a delicious dish they've cooked, you just know  it's going to be good.  No questions asked.  You gather up every one of their recipes you can get your hands on, collecting them and hoarding them like sacred treasures.

Well let me tell ya, this Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach is one of those sacred treasure recipes from one of my  gather-up-her-recipes-amazingly-fabulous-cook friends.  When this friend tells me about a dish, there's no doubt I'm going to ask for her recipe.  And there's no doubt I'm going to love it when I make it.

But when my friend told me about this Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole, I will admit, one ingredient gave me pause ...

Yes ... for just a flash of a moment, I questioned my friend's dish.

Because this breakfast casserole contains something I had never used in a breakfast casserole before ... or any casserole, for that matter ...


Mmmm hmmmm, Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole starts out with a layer of Italian-seasoned croutons.  Scattered in the bottom of the baking pan, and then layered with ham, spinach, cheeses, and eggs.

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach

The croutons create a really tender, flavorful layer on the bottom of the casserole.  And you know what?

It's really  good!

Of course it is.  Because it's a recipe tried-and-tested by one of my amazing no-questions-asked cook friends.  That I should have never questioned ... not even for that tiny flash of a moment.

And now, just like our friendship, this recipe is one of those recipes in my collection that I hold onto like a sacred treasure.

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach
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Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole with Spinach
Source:  My friend Jennie

  • 1 (5 oz.) package Italian seasoned croutons
  • 2 c. coarsely chopped ham
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 2 c. (8 oz. package) shredded Italian-blend cheese
  • 1 c. (4 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. half & half
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  1. Lightly spray a 9x13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer ingredients in baking dish in this order: croutons, chopped ham, spinach, and cheeses.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, salt, pepper, and paprika. Gently pour egg mixture on top of cheeses, distributing evenly over the entire baking dish.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees until set and lightly browned, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

Please enjoy these other fabulous breakfast casseroles from The Kitchen is My Playground ...


  1. so have to try the spinach one, I think it would be a big hit in our house.

    1. It's definitely a big hit in our house!! Enjoy!

  2. Breakfast casseroles don't really feature on our menu on a daily basis but I'm pinning this recipe to use a brunch dish when family come to stay in the summer. Thanks for sharing.
    Joyeux Paques

  3. This would be the perfect Easter morning dish! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  4. This breakfast casserole is such a filling and satisfying dish. I love how easy it is to make.

  5. I love this combination for your Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. This sounds delicious. It made it into my Christmas breakfast pinterest file. I love the name of your blog!

    1. Thank you so much, Terri. This Ham & Cheese Casserole would be fantastic for Christmas morning!

  7. This so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. I am having a brunch soon and this is on my menu! PINNED, and it looks great! I plan to use it with some Simply potatoes from the coupons I recieved , thank you so much Tracey! :-) Thank you so much for sharing this on MMM!


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