How do you feel about eggs? I have issues with them. The only way I eat them is if there is so much stuff added to them that you can’t taste the egg. You know, like a cake. I love cake. The thing about eggs is that they are quick and easy to make when you’re tired and hungry. Plus, they are pretty healthy. They used to get a bad wrap because someone thought they increased your bad cholesterol, but it turns out that that isn’t true. Today is our Foodie Extravaganza day, so I came up with this easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole for my recipe. You know, so I can add stuff to the eggs and make it so you can’t taste them.
My husband will only eat white eggs. I think it’s completely psychological myself, and until recently, it meant I could only buy regular eggs, even though I wanted to buy organic. It has also proven to be a pain in my rear in the past.
When we lived in China, I bought my eggs from the egg lady on the street. I know, it sounds really odd. There are regular grocery stores, full of things that regular people eat, but I bought the majority of our groceries from the ladies on the street. They had their tables set up with their vegetable, eggs, meats, whatever you could need. I didn’t buy my meat like that, but the eggs and veggies were a lot less expensive to buy that way.
Back to the eggs. There was this sweet little lady that sold eggs on the street and I would go to her to buy mine. You buy them by the egg, not the dozen or anything. So, every time I bought them, I would sort them to find the most perfect white eggs, which were almost always on the bottom of the pile. She would start sorting them when she saw me coming.
Another thing about the eggs in China is that the local folks would buy them by the great big box. Seriously. They eat a lot of eggs. I bought them by the dozen. A whole big box wasn’t something I could get used to. It’s really interesting to see how people in other countries do things, don’t you think? I wonder what people from other countries think when they come to the United States.
I hope you love this recipe. Since my kids are grown, it’s usually just my husband and I here for meals. I made half of what this recipe calls for and used a 4″ by 8″ dish for baking.
- 2 Potatoes, peeled and shredded
- 10 slices of deli ham, chopped coarsely
- 6 eggs
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- ¼ cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Salute onion in the butter, until the onion is tender.
- Grease an 8 inch square pan very well.
- Spread the shredded potatoes over the bottom of the pan.
- In a bowl, mix the ham, red peppers, onions and spices.
- Spread half of the ham mixture over the potatoes.
- Spread 1 cup of cheese over the ham and top with the second half of the ham mixture.
- Whip the eggs in the same bowl.
- Pour them over the ham and potatoes.
- Bake at 350* for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Sprinkle the final ½ cup of cheese over casserole and return it to the oven until the cheese is melted.
- Allow the casserole to rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
Now on to this month’s Foodie Extravaganza! Check out all the other egg recipes that have been submitted below. Thanks so much to Wendy from A Day in the Life On the Farm for organizing the extravaganza this month.
- Baked Eggs and Candied Bacon by Our Good Life
- Egg Drop Soup by Food Lust People Love
- Eggs in a Cloud by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Eggs in Purgatory by Cooking with Carlee
- Ginger Coconut Macaroons by Passion Kneaded
- Gyeran Bbang (Korean Egg Bread) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
- Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Braid by Making Miracles
- Southwestern Breakfast Bowl by The Freshman Cook
- Tiramisu Gelato by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Tomato and Egg Pizza by From Gate to Plate
- Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake with Malted Chocolate Cloud Frosting by Baking in Pyjamas
Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays or cook and bake together with the same ingredient or theme each month. This month we celebrate National Egg Day on June 3rd by serving up egg dishes of all kinds.
Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to participate in the next Foodie Extravaganza, just go to our Facebook page to join. We would love to have you!
Follow our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest board for past events and more deliciousness!