Croissants take the place of cubed white bread in this stylish update of a traditional breakfast casserole. You can use leftover baked ham for chopped ham in this dish. Nutmeg is optional, but adds a subtle touch of spice.
3 (5-inch) large croissants
1 (8-oz.) package chopped cooked ham
1 (5-oz.) package shredded Swiss cheese
6 large eggs
1 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
How to Make It
Cut croissants in half lengthwise, and cut each half into 4 to 5 pieces. Place croissant pieces in a lightly greased 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Top with ham and cheese.
Whisk together eggs, next 5 ingredients, and, if desired, nutmeg in a large bowl.
Pour egg mixture over mixture in pie plate, pressing croissants down to submerge in egg mixture. Cover tightly, and chill 8 to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
This recipe didn't really work for me. It was very sweet! It also was not completely cooked after 65 minutes in the oven and 10 of sitting (my oven is brand new and on temp, so that was not an issue). Cooking it longer and/or hotter...no problem; it was the sweetness that came through when savory was what I thought this would be. I think with some tweaking this might be an exciting recipe.
Delicious!!! Doubled the recipe and had on Christmas morning. Everyone loved it. Did substitute bacon for the ham on half the recipe and had no meat on the other half for those of us who don't eat meat.
One of the best breakfast casseroles ever - puts the sausage biscuit one to shame. Even better with leftover honey-baked spiral sliced ham. Mmmmm... The nutmeg is a MUST. It's just a hint, but enough to make people think "What is that??"
Great versatile recipe. I will definitely make this again and I made no alterations. Served it with fresh fruit (pineapple, strawberries, melon, etc)This is pretty heavy on the fat / calories but could easily be modified.
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