Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is the perfect breakfast full of eggs, meats, cheese and a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more!
It’s always fun to have a secret. When you know that one piece of information that would both shock and amaze the people sitting at your breakfast table, you smile a little bit more, laugh a little bit louder, enjoy your food that much more…. right up until you can’t hold it in one minute longer and then it comes hurtling out and then it is a secret no more!! What am I talking about??? What does this have to do with Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole? I am talking about… the secret ingredient.
You can hit up your favorite search engine on that thing we call the World Wide Web and you will find approximately a billion recipes for Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole. Over and over again you will read to add eggs and meat and cheese and then bake it and then there’s your casserole. They are all perfectly good recipes, some with meat, some without, some with cheese, some without (I don’t understand that), some with veggies … well, you get the idea. And dare I say, we have all been at work on Potluck Day when someone brings in a perfectly good breakfast casserole and we are satisfied… but oddly left lacking. In all the billions of breakfast casserole recipes, is there one that just stands out about the rest?
Yes. And I will even tell you the secret ingredient… ricotta cheese. Yes, you read right. Ricotta cheese gives this casserole new life and if you look through those other billion Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole recipes, I bet you don’t find it mentioned too often. Believe me, once you try this you will never go back to plain breakfast casserole again. I promise!
PS.. While you are making this, you will probably see an increase in traffic through your kitchen at this time. I know I always do.
This is truly the best Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole I have ever made. And before anyone shakes their head at this, you cannot taste the ricotta but it definitely makes the casserole creamy but not in a gross egggy way. As a girl who is not a huge fan of ricotta, believe me.. you will LOVE this!! There are so many different ways to make this, add the ingredients you like best because any way you make it, it will come out perfect.
So when everyone is begging you for the recipe and asks what is it that makes this so good?? .. just smile, because YOU know the secret.
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- 1/3 cup butter - melted
- 3 cups of uncooked hash browns (one bag of Simply Potatoes works perfect)
- 9 eggs
- 16 oz cheddar cheese , shredded - divided
- 1/2 large onion , diced OR 6 green onions
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 6 pieces of crisp bacon OR one pouch of pre-cooked bacon pieces
- 8 oz package of pre-cooked cubed or diced ham
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 x 9 cooking pan with non stick spray
In a large bowl, combine hash browns and melted butter
Pour hash browns into the cooking pan and spread evenly along the bottom of the pan and up the sides
Bake for 30 minutes and then remove from oven
While shell is baking, in a large bowl add in the eggs and ricotta cheese. Beat with an electric hand mixer until mostly incorporated
Stir in the onion, bacon, ham, spices and 3/4 of the cheese
Pour egg mixture into the hash brown shell and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 of the shredded cheese
Bake for 50-55 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes - serve immediately!