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Ham, Egg & Cheese Casserole

 Ham, Egg & Cheese Casserole
I turned a French classic, croque madame, from a simple egg-topped grilled sandwich into an impossible-to-resist saucy casserole. Ham and cheese just got a little naughtier. —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina
12 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound sliced smoked deli ham
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough
  • into a 14x10-in. rectangle. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking
  • dish; build up edges slightly.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour
  • until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring
  • constantly; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Stir in
  • mustard, pepper, salt and nutmeg. Remove from heat: stir in Parmesan
  • cheese.
  • Place a third of the ham over the dough; top with 1 cup sauce and 2/3

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Ham, Egg & Cheese Casserole (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cup Swiss cheese. Repeat layers twice. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes
  • or until bubbly and crust is golden brown.
  • Using the back of a tablespoon, make six indentations in top of
  • casserole to within 2 in. of edges. Carefully break an egg into each
  • indentation.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until egg whites are completely set and
  • yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. (If desired, bake an
  • additional 5 minutes for firmer eggs.) Sprinkle with parsley. Let
  • stand 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 405 calories, 23 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 176 mg cholesterol, 992 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein.