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Farmer's Casserole Recipe

Farmer's Casserole Recipe

Between family and friends, we average 375 visitors a year! This casserole is handy—you can put it together the night before, let the flavors blend, then bake it in the morning. —Nancy Schmidt, Center, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Place potatoes in an 8-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham and onions. Whisk eggs, milk, pepper and salt; pour over all. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • 2. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Regular milk is a fine substitute for evaporated.
  • This is a great casserole to make for gluten-free guests—no bread!
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 252 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 187mg cholesterol, 531mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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    eileen344 User ID: 673346 271821
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

    "Did not care for this. The potatoes were flat and tasteless. Didn't like the texture either. It seemed to be "fluffy". Maybe with some additions and changes it would be good. Probably will not make it again as is."

    lmmanda User ID: 1101093 15425
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

    "Very good."

    fitnessguru User ID: 7387619 41629
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

    "It's very good"

    voodoowitch User ID: 635464 16227
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

    "easy, yummy, and filling."

    mrtats333 User ID: 6374125 271773
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

    "This wasn't very good. Bland flavor, but the worst part was how watery it was, even after baking it for 90 minutes. The egg mixture never seemed to set. The recipe Saturday you can substitute milk for condensed milk, but I don't recommend it. I used whole milk and I'm pretty sure that's what made it runny."

    maia User ID: 1284083 270263
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2017

    "easy and quick to put together. Once it's baked off and cooled I cut it into serving size squares and freeze to take to it to work. Reheats nicely in the microwave and I add a little salsa on the side."

    Amyken User ID: 8439785 269744
    Reviewed Jul. 20, 2017

    "Made this for a bruch and everyone loved it. However I did read some of the reviews so I changed some things. First I seasoned the potatoes with seasoning salt, pepper and a little garlic powder. Instead of green onions I thinly chopped two small purple onions. I also added a thick and chunky medium salsa on top, used milk and topped it with more cheese. It took about an hour and half to get done. Next time I will cook it the entire time on the lower rack. Letting it set for about 15 minutes makes it easier to cut. Lastly I will add the cheese on top after the casserole has cook half way."

    2124arizona User ID: 845443 268874
    Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

    "This is perfect to wake up to!! It gets your day started off right!!We love the recipe!!"

    jshonka User ID: 7562897 264537
    Reviewed Apr. 10, 2017

    "I think this would be good with cauliflower instead of potatoes, organic heavy cream or coconut cream instead of evaporated milk and maybe add some colorful red, yellow, and green peppers or broccoli. What do you guys think?"

    itsknotsew User ID: 7518713 257345
    Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

    "Made for a class breakfast this morning and it was pretty much devoured. I'm always my worst critic but LOVED the look and taste of this one. It was especially easy using the pre-chopped ham bits--no browning or draining. PERFECT! Love it and thanks so much..will be making this one again and again!"

    surfagirl77 User ID: 8818527 246081
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

    "I think its awesome way to get great recipes to cook at home for your family's."

    mrs._white User ID: 7182927 244611
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

    "Not bad. Didn't use evaporated milk, just regular milk, and yellow onion instead of green. Needs more veggies, but has a good flavor."

    MattHart User ID: 8470370 243765
    Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

    "It's a great recipe! Not a lot of ingredients, can easily be adapted, and turns out delicious."

    Selene K User ID: 2103818 241941
    Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

    "Rating this recipe as printed. It came out very well. I especially like this recipe because it does not make a huge amount and does not use bread (gluten issues). Of course, it could be doubled. Very convenient to make the night before and bake the next day. It is a good "clean out the fridge" recipe. The flavor was a little bland for our tastes and that is the reason for 4 star rating instead of 5. When I make it again, I will use O'Brien type potatoes and a stronger flavored cheese. Very good basic recipe. Thank you for sharing with us."

    sue07647 User ID: 8675193 240193
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

    "Made this for Christmas morning. It was easy and delicious. Based on some of the reviews I used a little less milk, maybe 10 ounces instead of 12. It was cooked perfectly after 45 minutes. I also substituted crumbled bacon instead of the ham because thats what I had available. Everyone loved it thanks for posting this!"

    mzgrinder User ID: 6418368 237863
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

    "Good. easy to put together. Will try variations of it. Really needs longer cooking time. I made as directed, but was not done at 60 minutes. Way to liquid. Went another 1/2 hour, was nice a brown, covered with foil and cooked a bit longer. Also, as most should know, let set up before serving."

    joycerm53 User ID: 703299 237831
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

    "Great recipe! Great as written and a great recipe to adapt to your family's taste. Super easy and delicious!"

    sheffele User ID: 1164355 230502
    Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

    "This is my go to mix and match recipe. I've made so many variations using different types of potatoes, sausages, bacon, veggies, cheeses and it has always been a big hit. Endless possibilities for dinner, breakfast or brunch. A delicious dish to have fun with."

    barfive User ID: 53274 228994
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

    "This casserole was a big hit with my son's university friends. Served it the morning after his university graduation party to him and all his friends. Leftovers the next morning reheated wonderfully with my son going to work . We all thought this was a five star. I added a little red pepper for some colour. This is a 5 star meal."

    Klineboy User ID: 7877933 225122
    Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

    "For the people who added bacon or sausage, doesn't the fat make it greasy, and oily?"

    sarahjc78 User ID: 8175461 224860
    Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

    "I made this with bacon instead of ham and it turned out great. My husband really liked it."

    denisemagnuson User ID: 8090122 224785
    Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

    "my husband, myself and church group loved this recipe...wouldn't chance a think...I used ham steak cut up and defrosted hashbrown patties I shredded myself...husband who is not crazy about eggs really loved it"

    shirleydimples User ID: 4304840 223114
    Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

    "love the recipe, had not thought to use ham, my family also loves it with fried up ground sausage. And the Monterey jack was excellent!"

    sue363 User ID: 8245886 221423
    Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

    "I tried this and not only is it quick and easy, it tastes delicious!"

    missy4u User ID: 2447602 221279
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

    "This is in my FB news feed today and I made it last night. Too funny. I cut the recipe in half for 2 of us but still used 4 eggs. It was good but I think, based on other comments, the baking temp should be a bit higher and time longer. I baked at 375 for 45 minutes. Next time I will try it with a cheddar and Monterey Jack mixture and perhaps bacon. I found the Monterey Jack a bit too mild. It's a good recipe to play with. You could add mushrooms and green or red pepper too."

    Rebbyda User ID: 8070780 221191
    Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

    "I used a roll of sage sausage in place of ham, also white onion not green onion (was out) and did not chill and it turned out great"

    kiki61 User ID: 5785048 217193
    Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

    "This is a keeper!"

    Cp2momma User ID: 8167246 216151
    Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

    "This is a wonderful dish for a main meal or a side. @cwbuff2- If you doubled the recipe, you should have doubled the baking dishes. That will ensure that everything is baked PROPERLY."

    vbak User ID: 1660180 216113
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

    "I have made this many times and it always bakes up tasty. cwbuff22, why did you rate a recipe low when you didn't follow the directions? You don't know why you doubled it, baked, and then gave a low rating. No wonder it wasn't cooked in the center. Make it as prescribed and then rate it!"

    cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 214240
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

    "I don't know why, but I doubled the ingredients like a previous poster, and it was not cooked in the center when I took it out. I thought baking it 1 hr would be enough, but it still didn't get finished even when I put it back in the oven for another 15 min. We finally had to finish our individual portions in the microwave because everybody was hungry and tired of waiting. I had taken the hash browns out the night before, so they were defrosted. Also, I think perhaps the hash browns would taste better if they were browned first - they were still kind of raw tasting. I have other similar recipes which are fine, so I will not try this one again."

    bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 72929
    Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

    "Excellent. I used it for dinner with some leftover ham."

    [email protected] User ID: 3864962 39078
    Reviewed May. 1, 2014

    "The whole family liked it."

    lorij64 User ID: 130027 38300
    Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

    "I didn't care for this at all. It smelled wonderful and had very nice presentation but it was bland and the combo of evaporated milk and eggs had an odd texture. My guy enjoyed it tho. Can't please everyone ;-)"

    DawnScahaupp User ID: 6432473 44002
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

    "Very good"

    cathy.dean User ID: 1467714 45881
    Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

    "Excellent recipe! I have made this many times and always double the recipe and put it in a 9x13 pan. I also have made it ahead and let it sit overnight in the frig before baking. Once in awhile I make it last minute and use frozen hash browns and bake it right away without letting it sit, and it still turns out great."

    francyene User ID: 7752365 45741
    Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

    "Kids love this. I added about top of garlic"

    Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 17758
    Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014 Edited Apr. 12, 2015

    "April 12, 2015 Update - The recipe I use originally came from the 1997 Country Women Magazine. My mother handed it to me and asked me to make it for her/us since she loved breakfast casseroles but it was too much for just one person. To cdbuff2, I use two baking dishes when I double the recipe. I have no idea how you were able to make everything fit in one 8 inch square pan when you doubled it. When I add fresh vegetables to the recipe, I do bake longer because of the extra water in the vegetables. I also have to add additional baking time when using glass dishes versus metal pans and so will bake until a knife inserted in the middle of the casserole comes out clean. I made this last Sunday for Easter Brunch and added 1/2 cup chopped green pepper and 1/2 cup sliced morel mushrooms (just harvested) and plan to make two casseroles for a breakfast meeting scheduled on May 2. This is still a very simple, hearty and delicious breakfast casserole.

    I have been making this casserole for years and years! We have regular breakfast meetings for the service groups I belong to and this one always disappears quickly. I double the recipe and use chedder and mixed cheeses as well. We always have a garden and so I often add sauteed red and green pepper if they are in season. I personally like more salt and pepper but when you are serving a varietty of guests who could have different health issues like I do. I put the salt and pepper on the table for them to decide if they want more. Great recipe and a great base for the different variations shared by some of the reviewers."

    fhquilting User ID: 2569371 18607
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

    "Very good! I used frozen potatoes O'Brien and added small can of chopped jalapeno peppers.

    Crush french fried onions and add to the top about 10-15 min. before it is finished."

    JaneneAnne User ID: 1944384 15419
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

    "My husband & I really like this. I've made it several times &, of course, the make ahead is a definite bonus."

    torisites64 User ID: 7476298 41630
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

    "Will use this for a ladies brunch.....looks good!"

    judyfran User ID: 161769 42870
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

    "I'm going to try it with crushed pineapple and serve it to my church group. It sounds like a wonderful recipe and easy to make. I purchase two 1/2" thick slices of deli low salt, low fat ham and chunk chop it in my food chopper."

    Schmiedt User ID: 3889802 19316
    Reviewed May. 1, 2013

    "Excellent dish. I made a few changes so it wouldn't be bland (as some commenters said). Added 4.5 oz canned diced green chiles, 5 oz diced Canadian bacon and instead of regular shredded hash brown I used the brand by the egg section of the grocery store, 24 oz/3 cups of "Simply Potatoes: Southwest-style Hash". Perfect!"

    cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 45739
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

    "Candymae--use egg subsitute, fat free evaporated milk, 99% fat free ham (or try a turkey ham/bacon) and reduced Monterey Jack (if you can find it)"

    jennybob1 User ID: 4161672 38298
    Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

    "This was excellent!! So easy to make!! I would make this again!!"

    pokieisme User ID: 7192335 72923
    Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013


    candice.c User ID: 5767042 39077
    Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

    "Not bad but not exciting. Hash brown bake is far more tasty"

    redrose507 User ID: 5002907 38280
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

    "This is such a fast and easy recipe. This casserole is great for Christmas morning and family brunches. I always double the recipe and add a couple of more eggs. This is my go to breakfast/brunch recipe."

    Michell408 User ID: 1234062 201931
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

    "A little bland for my tastes, might be improved with sharp cheddar and a dash of onion powder. Otherwise an easy recipe."

    candymae User ID: 5714345 18611
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

    "i would like to make this recipe am on low chosterol diet. how to make a lower recipe"

    Lseasley User ID: 1494147 16222
    Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

    "AWESOME RECIPE I make this everytime my kids come and visit. So easy to make and great that I can make night before."

    LauraShoe User ID: 999714 72920
    Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

    "The first time I made this was 10 years ago. It has been a favorite ever since. It is delicious and I always get asked for the recipe when I take it to functions. The potatoes are a nice change from the typical breakfast casseroles that use bread."

    LauraManning User ID: 968398 17757
    Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

    "Not my favorite breakfast casserole. Somewhat bland."

    Lseasley User ID: 1494147 72919
    Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

    "Very good and great to be able to make the night before!!!"

    HBcook User ID: 2966570 43061
    Reviewed May. 2, 2010

    "This is a very good recipe and quite simple to make. A little skimpy for 6 as a main breakfast/brunch entree. Needs a little more salt and pepper. I used reduced fat jack cheese. I added a 5th egg but don't know if it was necessary. I didn't think 4 eggs was enough for the amount of liquid."

    monniej76 User ID: 5088613 17756
    Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

    "Great recipe! I made it for for a breakfast event at work, and it was a huge hit!"

    awalters3 User ID: 3325251 13599
    Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

    "I have made this recipe several times for my MOPS groups. They love it every time! It comes together quickly the night before, and tastes wonderful the next day! I LOVE it -- I do double the recipe and put it in a 9x13, and it works beautifully! I am always asked for the recipe. YUM!"

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