Wake-Up Casserole Recipe

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You'll find everything you want for breakfast--potatoes, eggs, cheese and ham--in this satisfying casserole from Iris Frank of Eureka Illinois. "It can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator," she comments. "I frequently make it for church potlucks and for company. Everybody loves it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 8 frozen hash brown patties
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound cubed fully cooked ham (2 cups)
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 437 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 280mg cholesterol, 1307mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein


  1. Place hash brown patties in a single layer in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and ham. In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt and mustard. Pour over ham.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Wake-Up Casserole in Quick Cooking November/December 1998, p13

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"This is super easy to prepare. I put it together the night before and put it in the oven the next morning. I added a small can of chopped green chilies, which tasted great and provided some balance to the richness of the cheese. This dish has A LOT of cheese. I might add some chopped onion or more chilies, and cut back a bit on the cheese next time."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Isn"t 16 oz 2 cups?"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"This is my favorite egg bake casserole!! It is so easy and everyone loves it!!"

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"This recipe is a favorite! Its great for pot-lucks or bunches. Love it!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"Love this casserole, and it's a favorite of the hubby as well. I sometimes use tater tots instead of the hash browns, browning them a bit beforehand. I'm making it this week using sausage instead of ham since that's what I have in the house right now. That's one thing that's so good about this casserole; it's very versatile."

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