Pumpkin French Toast Casserole: Make this easy Pumpkin french toast casserole loaded with pecan streusel the night before, then just bake it in the morning for a scrumptious breakfast!…
I remember going to a Christmas party many, many years ago with a friend, and on the table was one of those spiral baked hams with a honey mustard glaze. My friend and I were waiting for the rest of the people to arrive. We had to literally remove ourselves from the room because we couldn’t stop eating this incredibly delicious ham. I kept saying, “Only just one more nibble.” It was THAT good!
Whether you are hosting a brunch party or serving your family breakfast, these delicious savory breakfast casseroles are a cinch to put together. Healthy and filling, with ingredients such as cheese, sausage or bacon, veggies and, of course, eggs as the main ingredient.
Do the prep work the day before, cover with foil and refrigerate. Then, bake the casserole dish in the morning and serve warm with bagels or fruit.
Here you will find breakfast casseroles with a hash brown crust and casseroles that can also be sweet, such as a French Toast Casserole with blueberries or apples which is a favorite for adults and kids.
Strata means layers… generally layers of egg-soaked bread and meat of some kind (ham, sausage, bacon) and cheese. It is baked like a casserole.
This is the other very popular strata ( Overnight egg casserole) that I prepared for the Bridal Breakfast that I catered last month. Other Items on the menu were a BROWN SUGAR STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE, Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake, OVERNIGHT SAUSAGE AND EGG BAKE, Overnight Vegetarian Egg Bake, Fresh Fruit Salad, Coffee and Juices.
I did all of the preparation the day before, so the morning of the breakfast, I just popped the strata’s in the oven so that they would be warm and ready for a beautiful breakfast.
I doubled this recipe since there was a party of 23 people. Martha Stewart’s recipe calls for Canadian Bacon, but I substituted small round ham, the same size as the English Muffin.
Recipe semi adapted from Everyday Food, May 2006
- Butter, softened (for pan)
- 4 English Muffins, split, toasted
- ½ pound sliced (about 10 slices) small round sliced Ham
- 1¼ cups shredded (5 ounces) sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 8 large eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 1½ tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- Coarse Salt and ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Hot Sauce, such as Tabasco
- Generously Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish (oval or square); set aside.
- In a baking dish, alternately arrange, cut side down, muffin halves and Ham.
- Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
- Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and hot sauce until combined.
- Pour over English muffins and ham; cover tightly with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
- Place large pan over strata, place heavy pan on top. ( So all ingredients will be covered in egg mixture, soaked.)
- In the morning, Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet; remove plastic wrap.
- Bake until puffed and set in the center (see note below), about 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Tent loosely with foil if strata starts to brown too quickly.)
- Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Let the strata chill 2 hours, and it will be nice and moist. If you leave it overnight in the refrigerator, it will be even more custardy.
- To test to see if it is done, use a sharp knife and insert in center; it should not be jiggly, but should feel firm and the knife should come out clean.
- Arrange the muffin halves and Ham upright for beautiful presentation and easier serving.
- When cutting, you'll be able to see the layers and make sure each portion contains a few pieces of bread and ham.