A Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead Ham & Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Simple, delicious, and just plain easy, this ham and hash brown casserole is great for a weekend brunch or holiday crowd.
Simple, delicious, and just plain easy, this ham and hash brown casserole is great for a weekend brunch or holiday crowd.

During the holidays, there is always a crowd at my house, and I find myself looking for easy recipes that will please everyone yet leave me time to enjoy the party. This ham and hash brown casserole is the answer.

On top of being delicious, it uses cubed or diced ham, and during the holidays, we often are searching for ways to use leftovers—and this casserole does that as well. So it's twice a winner!

Check out how easy this delicious casserole is—and just how fast and satisfying!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter for the casserole dish
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 cups hashbrowns - either frozen or dehydrated (soaked)
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • minced green onion - for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F°.
  2. Butter a 9x13 casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with eggs. The mixture will be a little lumpy, don't worry about it.
  4. Stir in ham, kosher salt, pepper, and milk. Add hashbrowns and toss to combine.
  5. Transfer mixture to the buttered casserole dish, and top with the shredded Swiss cheese.
  6. Bake at 350F° for approximately 45 degrees, until browned and golden on top and bubbly throughout. Serve with minced green onions.
  7. To make this ahead, assemble all ingredients and cover tightly with foil. Chill until ready to bake. When ready, allow casserole to sit out for about 30 minutes to come to room temperature. Bake covered for 1/2 hour, then uncover and bake another 30 minutes.

Butter a Casserole Dish

Butter a casserole dish. This is easiest by using a bit of the wrapper that the butter comes in as a handle. Preheat the oven to 350F.
Butter a casserole dish. This is easiest by using a bit of the wrapper that the butter comes in as a handle. Preheat the oven to 350F.

Prep the Hashbrowns

Frozen hash browns can be used as is. If you are using the dehydrated kind, make sure you soak them for about 20 minutes, according to package directions.
Frozen hash browns can be used as is. If you are using the dehydrated kind, make sure you soak them for about 20 minutes, according to package directions.

Beat Cream Cheese and Eggs

Beat together the cream cheese and the eggs. It really helps if the cream cheese is softened at room temperature. This mixture will be lumpy and that's fine.
Beat together the cream cheese and the eggs. It really helps if the cream cheese is softened at room temperature. This mixture will be lumpy and that's fine.

Stir in the Ham, Salt and Pepper

Stir in the diced ham (perfect for leftover ham), salt, pepper and milk.
Stir in the diced ham (perfect for leftover ham), salt, pepper and milk.

Into the Baking Dish

Pour mixture into the buttered casserole dish. If needed, redistribute the ham a bit to make it even.
Pour mixture into the buttered casserole dish. If needed, redistribute the ham a bit to make it even.

Top with Shredded Cheese

Top with the shredded Swiss cheese. Feel free to use whatever cheese you like - Monterrey Jack, cheddar or even Colby. But we like Swiss.
Top with the shredded Swiss cheese. Feel free to use whatever cheese you like - Monterrey Jack, cheddar or even Colby. But we like Swiss.

Bake for 45 Minutes

Bake the casserole for 45 minutes at 350F. It will be golden brown on top, and bubbly throughout. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
Bake the casserole for 45 minutes at 350F. It will be golden brown on top, and bubbly throughout. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Ready to Go!

Ham and Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Perfectly delicious, rich, hearty and satisfying, this ham and hash brown casserole recipe will be a sure fire hit at your house!
Perfectly delicious, rich, hearty and satisfying, this ham and hash brown casserole recipe will be a sure fire hit at your house!

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      Jan Charles 5 weeks ago from East Tennessee

      Hey Wesman - I'm working on that video now - I think I had done something while trying to edit the video and article simultaneously. Sometimes one of the sites just doesn't play nice!

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      Rachel L Alba 5 weeks ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Another tasty and homey dish. Thanks for sharing this also.

      Blessing to you.

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      Albert hagi 5 weeks ago from oregon

      look like heaven can't wait to try!!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 weeks ago from Kaufman, Texas

      It looks absolutely gorgeous. You've made me aware of my hunger. One of your videos isn't working though.