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Cook1 hr 15 mins
I started making this years ago when I worked at a little bistro in Indiana. It was a very popular lunch item, but would also be a great dish for a brunch or any special occasion! Hope you try it! (*Warning, it's very rich!)
- 1⁄4 cup butter, plus
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
- 18 slices day old French bread, 3/4 inch thick and divided
- 1⁄2 cup whole grain mustard
- 1 1⁄2 cups cubed cooked ham
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
- 2 cups shredded swiss cheese
- 8 eggs
- 4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- warm maple syrup (optional)
- Pour 1/4 cup of the melted butter into a 13x9 baking dish, set aside.
- Spread both sides of all of the bread with mustard. Arrange 9 slices in baking dish.
- In large skillet, saute the ham, mushrooms and garlic in the remaining 3 Tablespoons butter until mushrooms are tender. Add the onions and cook one minute longer til onions are crisp-tender.
- Spoon mixture evenly over bread slices, then sprinkle with all the cheese.
- Arrange rest of bread slices on top of the cheese layer.
- In large bowl, beat the eggs, then beat in the cream, salt, and pepper. Stir in the parsley.
- Carefully and evenly pour over the bread.
- Place dish in a larger baking pan or shallow roaster pan if needed. Fill larger pan with 1 inch of water.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
- Drizzle lightly with maple syrup if desired.