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Easy Cheesy Ham and Egg Breakfast Casserole

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Looking for an easy breakfast casserole? Look no further! This Easy Cheesy Ham and Egg Breakfast Casserole is delicious and perfect for using up any leftover ham. It’s also super simple to make and can be ready from start to finish in less than an hour. 

Serving easy cheesy ham and egg breakfast casserole.
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Why this Ham Breakfast Casserole is the Best

The combination of refrigerated crescent rolls, shredded cheese, egg mixture and ham is baked in a casserole dish to golden perfection.  Whether you serve it for breakfast or do breakfast for dinner, you can’t go wrong with this easy recipe.

It is the perfect way to use leftover ham {so is this Ham Dip} and our go-to recipe on holiday mornings.  Don’t miss this breakfast bake!

Ingredients needed

Ingredients needed a ham breakfast casserole.
  • Refrigerated Crescent rolls: You’ll need two cans of refrigerated crescent rolls for this recipe. 
  • Ham: One reason I love making this breakfast casserole Christmas morning is because it’s a great way to use any leftover Christmas ham! Either way, you’ll need 16 long slices.
  • Shredded cheese: I like to mix cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, but you can use any shredded cheese you want.
  • Eggs: 5 eggs are plenty.
  • Milk: Just use whatever type of milk you have on hand. I usually use 2%, but whole milk works great!
  • Seasonings: I like to keep it simple with seasoned salt and black pepper. But feel free to add in any other seasonings that you love.

See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Add-In Ideas

If you are looking to elevate this simple breakfast recipe try adding ingredients to the egg mixture.  Diced green pepper, a teaspoon of dijon mustard, a pinch of garlic powder, 1/4 cup of salsa or diced tomatoes would all make a great addition.  You can also serve the dish with maple syrup.

How to make a ham and egg casserole for breakfast

1.Begin by taking two tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls and separating them into triangles.  Take the leftover ham, slice long and evenly, and place it onto the wide side of each triangle.

2. Roll each triangle up and place them into a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Top the ham filled crescent rolls with the shredded cheese.

Steps 1 and 2 of making ham breakfast casserole. 1, wrap ham in crescent rolls. 2, top rolls with shredded cheese.

3. Finally, whisk together the eggs, milk, seasoning salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the rolls and cheese in an even layer.  

4. Bake in a preheated oven {375°F} for 30-40 minutes or until the egg mixture is completely set and the top is golden brown.

Steps 3 and 4 of making ham breakfast casserole. 3, cover with egg mixture. 4, bake.

Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have any delicious ham, add a different kind of protein.  Bacon and sausage links will both work great. In fact, this Pigs in a Blanket casserole is a family favorite.
  • You can easily make this breakfast casserole recipe vegetarian. Just leave out the ham and add in some extra veggies like diced bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms.
  • Don’t have crescent rolls? No problem! You can use biscuits, croissants, or white bread cut into cubes.
  • Make sure to whisk the eggs well before you pour them over the casserole.  If it isn’t combined well there will be streaks of egg white as it bakes.
  • If you want to lighten up this dish, you can use low-fat milk and cheese.  That way it still has amazing flavor without the added calories.
  • Top the baked casserole with fresh herbs or green onions.  Our favorite is chopped chives but fresh parsley and cilantro work well too.

Storage, Freezing and Reheating

Store-  Cover leftovers in plastic wrap or move to an airtight container and refrigerate.  This casserole will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Freeze- You can also freeze this casserole for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before baking.

Reheat-  To reheat this cheese breakfast casserole recipe, pop it in the oven at 350°F until it’s warmed all the way through.

What to serve with homemade ham breakfast casserole

No matter what time of year, this cheesy breakfast casserole always hits the spot. I like to serve it with fresh fruit and cranberry mimosa for Christmas brunch, but it’s also great with a side of bacon or sausage.

If you’re looking for something different, try serving it with a dollop of sour cream or green onions. It’s also delicious with a side of hash browns or roasted potatoes.

Need something a little sweet? You should try a batch of these cinnamon rolls.

No matter how you serve it, this hearty breakfast is sure to be a hit!

Recipe FAQs

What type of ham should I use?

You can use any ham that you like. Leftover baked ham is always good.  Classic ham or spiral ham make a delicious egg casserole recipe.  

You can also buy a ham steak from the grocery store.  Diced ham would also work but might be a little more difficult to roll up.

Do I have to use pre-made crescent rolls?

No, you don’t have to use pre-made crescent rolls. You could easily use homemade dough. Lucky you, I have a great one rise recipe for you to use!

Can I make this breakfast casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can easily make this egg breakfast casserole the night before. Just prepare it up to the point of baking and then cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. When ready to bake it, remove the covering and pop it in the oven as directed.

What should I do if the egg mixture isn’t completely set?

If the egg mixture isn’t completely set, you can cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake it for an additional 5-10 minutes. Adding the foil will keep the top of the casserole from getting too brown and burning.

Finished cheesy ham and egg breakfast casserole with chopped chives.

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Baked ham breakfast casserole with chopped chives.

Easy Cheesy Ham and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Leftover ham and refrigerated crescent rolls are covered in shredded cheese and an egg mixture then baked to perfection for the ultimate breakfast casserole.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 155kcal
5 from 13 votes
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Ingredients

  • 2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 16 long slices of ham {leftover works great}
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ tsp seasoning salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° and spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Unroll both cans of refrigerated crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Place a slice of ham on the wide side of each triangle and roll up. Place into a prepared pan {2 rows of 8 crescents}. Top crescents with shredded cheese.
  • In a bowl combine eggs, milk, seasoning salt and black pepper. Whisk to combine and pour over the crescent and cheese mixture in an even layer.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the egg mixture is completely set and the top is golden brown. Serve warm.

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Notes

  • If you don’t have any delicious ham, add a different kind of protein.  Bacon and sausage links will both work great. In fact, this Pigs in a Blanket casserole is a family favorite.
  • Make this casserole vegetarian by adding cooked onions, bell peppers and mushrooms in place of the ham.
  • Don’t have crescent rolls? No problem! You can use biscuits, croissants, or white bread cut into cubes.
  • Top the baked casserole with fresh herbs or green onions.  Our favorite is chopped chives but fresh parsley and cilantro work well too.
Store-  Cover leftovers in plastic wrap or move to an airtight container and refrigerate.  This casserole will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. 
Freeze- You can also freeze this casserole for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before baking.
Reheat-  To reheat this cheese breakfast casserole recipe, pop it in the oven at 350°F until it’s warmed all the way through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 1mg
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