Western Ham and Egg Casserole

This recipe is a hybrid. I found two recipes with almost identical ingredients. I liked the one recipe better because I could just put everything in the baking dish without layering. However, it called for it to be refrigerated overnight so that the egg mixture could sink in. I have a full-sized fridge plus two bar fridges but I do so much cooking at Christmas, there simply isn't room to store one more dish. The technique for the second recipe didn't need for the dish to sit overnight, but rather cook it in a hot water bath for a longer period. The end product was a big hit and turned out perfectly cooked and moist. A big time saver for this recipe is using the cut up day old bread that many bakeries sell over the holidays for making stuffing. I was also lucky in that I stumbled across pre-chopped pancetta at Costco, also a big time saver.

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1hr 45mins
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread the bread cubes evenly in a lightly greased 9" x 13" baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with the pancetta, cheese, onion, and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • Pour evenly over the bread mixture.
  • Place the filled casserole dish in another larger pan and add enough hot water to come two thirds up the sides.
  • Bake until firmly set, between 1 and 1-1/2 hours.
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"This recipe is a hybrid. I found two recipes with almost identical ingredients. I liked the one recipe better because I could just put everything in the baking dish without layering. However, it called for it to be refrigerated overnight so that the egg mixture could sink in. I have a full-sized fridge plus two bar fridges but I do so much cooking at Christmas, there simply isn't room to store one more dish. The technique for the second recipe didn't need for the dish to sit overnight, but rather cook it in a hot water bath for a longer period. The end product was a big hit and turned out perfectly cooked and moist. A big time saver for this recipe is using the cut up day old bread that many bakeries sell over the holidays for making stuffing. I was also lucky in that I stumbled across pre-chopped pancetta at Costco, also a big time saver."
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  1. Irmgard
    This recipe is a hybrid. I found two recipes with almost identical ingredients. I liked the one recipe better because I could just put everything in the baking dish without layering. However, it called for it to be refrigerated overnight so that the egg mixture could sink in. I have a full-sized fridge plus two bar fridges but I do so much cooking at Christmas, there simply isn't room to store one more dish. The technique for the second recipe didn't need for the dish to sit overnight, but rather cook it in a hot water bath for a longer period. The end product was a big hit and turned out perfectly cooked and moist. A big time saver for this recipe is using the cut up day old bread that many bakeries sell over the holidays for making stuffing. I was also lucky in that I stumbled across pre-chopped pancetta at Costco, also a big time saver.
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