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Wake-Up Casserole Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Wake-Up Casserole

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kmpatch User ID: 149103 240258
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."

bedros7 User ID: 8256177 239958
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Isn"t 16 oz 2 cups?"

charlesa User ID: 1445318 31078
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

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

Sdit User ID: 6935293 202856
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

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

Subie User ID: 29069 83563
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."

angeebaybee User ID: 4058460 24615
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for many years since it was first published in the Quick Cooking book. Sometime in those years I started relying on memory to make it and apparently my memory is faulty as I have bee using ground ginger instead of mustard and 9 eggs instead of 7. Even with my poor memory skills this casserole is still a favorite of my family. I also usually add a 2 1/2 oz can of sliced olives and a small can of chopped green chilies before putting on the cheese. Wonderful addition to our arsenal of recipes. Thanks!"

CrazyMustangMary User ID: 1181881 49216
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2010

"I cut this recipe in half for my son and myself. It made a great dinner with salad and biscuits. I did not add salt because ham is salty. This is very fast and easy to make. I plan to make it as a side dish for family BBQ's."

louannemc66 User ID: 1136997 18536
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"I've made this several times, sometimes I replace ham with cooked sausage or bacon. I have also added chopped brocoli with the ham. It is always good and easy to make."

October13 User ID: 3434485 64759
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

"This was so good and very quick to make. Thank you!! My family loves it.


scubajenn10 User ID: 1547881 55330
Reviewed May. 23, 2008

"I have made this for several different potluck style occasions. It goes over well everytime. I actually use a little less ham and add the difference in bacon. Everyone always asks for the recipe."

Peanut5710_va User ID: 91169 69153
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2007

"Thanks for sharing.  I think I will make this for breakfast on the 24th for the group of us."

anonymous User ID: 5520322 51305
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2007

"this recipe is fabulous...I use sausage instead of ham, just a personal preference, but yummy! I make it for Easter and Christmas Brunch!

diane kahnk, Tecumseh, NE"

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