Do-Ahead Brunch Bake Recipe

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Joy Maynard of St. Ignatius, Montana wakes up her clan with this convenient breakfast casserole that she assembles the night before. Loaded with hearty ham and hash browns, it's sure to start their day in a tasty way.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 8 frozen hash brown patties
  • 1 package (8 ounces) thinly sliced fully cooked ham, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 122 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 463mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Place potato patties in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with ham and 1 cup cheese. Combine milk, soup, egg substitute, mustard and pepper; pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Do-Ahead Brunch Bake in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p39

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ehselman User ID: 4896636 41346
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"I made this for family that came in town to stay with us. I got compliments on it from them and my husband."

ashworb User ID: 1576816 27815
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"I make this recipe all the time. I followed the recipe exactly. But I've also used sausage. I've added green chilis and onions. I've used regular eggs. Always is a big hit and I never have any left."

magg5 User ID: 4176739 71479
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"What would the equivalent be for real eggs instead of 1 cup egg substitute?"

pinkhottie User ID: 3003964 74541
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2008

"this is a very tasty breakfast dish. but be sure that you plan ahead, because you have to do a little prep before you bake it."

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