Icelandic Asparagus & Ham Bake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This tasty & versatile dish is very popular in Iceland & uses common ingredients. It is ideal for a brunch, luncheon entree or potluck occasion & also works for a dinner meal when combined w/a salad & crusty bread. Another popular variation skips the use of bread + the reserved liquids & combines the remaining ingredients to use as a filling for tartlet shells that can be served as a starter course or brunch & luncheon entree ... hence its versatility. I hope you will give this dish a try & enjoy it as we do here in Iceland. :-)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 slices sandwich bread (white or wheat, lrg size & not thin-sliced, cut or torn in roughly 3/4 in pieces)
  • 2 eggs
  • 14 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 12 lb ham (diced, Deli-type pkg is fine & a larger or smaller amt is fine as well)
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (8 ounce) can mushrooms (stems & pieces, chopped, drained & liquid reserved)
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can asparagus (cut spears, drained & liquid reserved)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (finely shredded)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) w/oven rack placed in the center position of the oven.
  2. Lightly grease a 9-in rd baking dish (or spray w/PAM type spray) & set aside.
  3. Place cut or torn bread pieces in a lrg mixing bowl & add liquid reserved from draining the mushrooms & asparagus.
  4. Allow bread/liquid mixture to sit for a short time while liquid is absorbed & stir as needed (May add milk if more liquid is required to completely moisten the bread pieces, but it is unlikely to be needed.).
  5. Add eggs to bread mixture & mix well.
  6. Add cream cheese, ham, mayo, mushrooms & asparagus to the bread mixture & mix very well to combine (This will break up the asparagus pieces & is what you want to happen).
  7. Pour mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle surface evenly w/shredded cheddar cheese & use your hand to press it lightly into the surface.
  8. Bake for 30-40 min or till golden brown & tests done using a sharp knife in the center. Tent w/foil as needed during baking if browning faster than expected. Serve at once or set aside at rm temp & reheat in microwave as needed.
  9. NOTE: Seasonings of choice can be added to suit individual preferences (esp pepper & garlic). My experience was the combo of canned mushrooms & asparagus + the reserved liquid used + the ham meant that no added salt was needed.
Most Helpful

Great ingredients but came out too soft. I did add 2 extra pieces of bread after reading Loof's review just to make sure it wasn't soft. You don't need to add any milk because there was plenty of liquid; I will reduce the liquid just a tad next time. ZWT9 made for the Gourmet Goddesses July 2013

Ck2plz August 05, 2013

Tasty and good! Next time I will play around with it a bit, but it was tasty just as it was! Sorry for the late review in honor of your Football Pool win!

DeniseBC December 23, 2010

This is an easy and tasty casserole! I loved the ham with the asparagus and mushrooms. To me my bread wasn't thin sliced but the casserole came out softer than I expected so I'll add a couple of extra slices next time. I did add a little garlic powder as you suggested but I agree that no salt was needed. Thanks for posting your recipe!

loof January 04, 2010