Ham & Cheese Party Platter Leftover Breakfast Casserole

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Total Time
50mins
Prep
15 mins
Cook
35 mins

Necessity is the mother of Invention. Our DS wanted "sammiches" for his grad party buffet--which is a reasonable request. Relatives & Friends celebrated and chowed down, but still--due to my bad estimating skills & coming from a family whose motto is "better too much than not enough"--we are now confronted with the reality of "What are we going to do with all this leftover ham and cheese?" And so, from desperation was born this cuisinary creation (yes, I just made up a new word). Adjust your recipe to whatever you have on hand --leftovers being the KEY ingredient and creativity being the necessary seasoning!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • Creative Bottom Stuff

  • 8 hamburger buns, cubed (use the squished or dry ones)
  • 12 lb deli ham, diced
  • 10 -15 slices cheese (American, cheddar, Swiss)
  • Custard

  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 12-1 cup milk
  • yellow mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • Toppings

  • tomato, slices (optional)
  • onion rings, diced (optional)
  • black olives, sliced (optional, or green olives)
  • red pepper, dices (optional, or green peppers)
  • 6 -8 cheese slices
  • 5 slices summer sausage, diced

Directions

  1. While putting away the party leftovers --
  2. Grease 13x9 pan with butter; spread bread/bun cubes over entire bottom of pan (use more or fewer buns if using a larger/smaller pan).
  3. Sprinkle ham pieces and cheese slices over bread; set aside.
  4. Mix eggs and milk until frothy, add several squirts of mustard, beat and then pour over the ham, cheese, bread cubes.
  5. Customize the toppings to the eaters' choices. (Dad likes everything, but Mom doesn't want tomatoes, and DS would rather kiss a rattlesnake than eat onions, so let's make everyone happy!).
  6. Add another layer of leftover cheese; sprinkle sausage dices artfully (or optionally). Olive slices can go on now, too or any other little tidbits of really tasty niblets.
  7. Top pan with foil; chill until morning or leave on the counter if you're a brave soul.
  8. Next morning - pop pan in oven, set to 350*. Bake for 20-30 minutes, remove foil, bake for another 3-5 minutes until top is bubbly and "set".
  9. VARIATIONS: Use your favorite cheese, try turkey instead of ham.
  10. Great way to use up the cheese and sausage tray that was forgotten in the fridge!
  11. EXTRAS: black or green olives.
  12. Par-cook: stuff from the veggie tray (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots).
  13. DELISH: add a few smidgens (or a LOT!) of the veggie dip to the egg/custard bowl -- or drop on top in cheerful dollops. Oh yum!