“Wife Saver” Breakfast Casserole

By Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Today I’m going to tell you all about how we started having book club BRUNCH!

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So my book club, The Unputdownable Book Club, (almost) always meets on the first Sunday of every month at 6pm. Normally this works fine, but when you’re juggling schedules of all the girls (namely the host and the book pickers), sometimes the evening doesn’t work. In the past we’ve moved our meeting to the Sunday before or after, or a weeknight, but then the lightbulb went on – why not have book club BRUNCH instead?

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How or why we have not thought of this in the last 4.5 years is beyond me, but boy was it ever a good idea. I hosted the first one (we’ve since done another) and it’s arguably better than our nighttime meetings! I was so excited to put out a spread of  my David’s Tea collection for the girls to choose from, to have a boozy coffee bar, grapefruit and classic mimosas and of course, a caesar bar. It was breakfast beverage heaven.

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I also made this amazing breakfast casserole, which is for some reason dubbed “wife saver” or  “Christmas morning wife-saver” most of the time. I’m sure this dates back to the ‘50s when women’s life successfulness were at risk if they didn’t have three meals a day at restaurant standards, but I get the point – it’s the kind of thing you quickly whip up the night before and then VOILA! Amazing breakfast for 10 people the next morning.

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My sister’s Godmother Marg first introduced me to the casserole. When we buried my grandmother last year, she came over to our house while we were at the internment and made breakfast for the entire Kent side of my family – which includes 14+ people! It was a special gesture and she swore by this easy breakfast dish, which was delicious. I just had to try it myself.

It was so good! I loved buying white bread because it reminded me of my childhood – I don’t think I’ve ever bought it before! I positive it could be made with whole wheat too. If you hate crusts, you can cut them off, but I think it’s a waste, personally 🙂

This would be awesome if you had visitors or family staying with you overnight. Book club loved it!

“Wife Saver” Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

16 slices bread
200 g thinly sliced ham
2 cups cheddar cheese
6 eggs
Pepper, to taste
1 tsp dry mustard
2 green onions, sliced
2 tsps Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes hot sauce
3 cups milk
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup corn flakes

Directions

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Lay half the bread over the bottom, cutting if needed.The whole bottom should be covered. Arrange ham over top, and then sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.Lay remaining bread over ham and cheese. Whisk eggs, pepper, dry mustard, green onions, Worcestershire sauce and and hot sauce together. Add milk and whisk until combined. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread, ham and cheese layers. Arrange any extra ham over top of bread, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle top with cornflakes and pour melted butter over top. Bake until golden, about 1 hour. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Adapted from Jo Cooks




 

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