Wake-Up Casserole

Wake-Up Casserole

(8 servings)    Printable Version
  • 8 frozen hash brown patties
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound (2 cups) cubed or diced fully cooked ham
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
This is a tasty, reliable meat and potatoes breakfast. It's incredibly easy to make. Some people might find it a bit too cheesy (if that's really possible). I'd consider reducing the shredded cheese to 3 and 1/2 cups next time. I served the casserole you see here for Easter brunch and it was received with smiles and enthusiastic thumbs-up. This is also a great base recipe to play with other ingredients. I could see a couple Tablespoons of finely diced onion, green pepper or jalepeno working really well. Just sprinkle any additions over the cheese and ham. (This recipe was submitted in 2004. It was tested and photographed in April 2014.)

Wake-Up Casserole

How To Make A Wake-Up Casserole

Place hash brown patties in a single layer in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and ham. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, and salt. Pour over ham. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Uncover: bake 15 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Wake-Up Breakfast Casserole

Cooking Note From Mr Breakfast:

Instead of hash brown patties, I used Ore Ida Crispy Crowns which are about the same thickness as hash brown patties but are shaped like coins. I found that they worked great and you could really cover the the bottom of the casserole dish evenly with them.

This casserole is just as good as reheated leftovers. Just microwave individual servings for about 30 seconds.

Wake-Up Breakfast Casserole With Ham And Cheese
Wake-Up Breakfast Casserole Photographed With Tiny People

This can be prepared the night before. Simply assemble the casserole, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven when you wake up and bake according to directions.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank dixie_tn1 for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Wake-Up Casserole?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 7 votes.

From Ryan L.
Rating (out of 5):  

Excellent. I love it.

Comment submitted: 7/20/2019 (#20811)

From kazam
Rating (out of 5):  

I make this every year for Teachers Appreciation Breakfast. They love it! It's the first to go!

Comment submitted: 5/1/2011 (#12632)

From Calli B.
Rating (out of 5):  

My boyfriend is such a picky eater, and it amazes me that there is actually a recipe out there he can't get enough of! This casserole has made him and his family very very happy. I can't thank you enough for the amazing breakfast idea! You rock!

Comment submitted: 2/1/2011 (#12042)

From Cathy
Rating (out of 5):  

Hi. I have made this several times, sometimes using sausage instead of ham. It always is a hit! Thanks!

Comment submitted: 1/11/2009 (#7335)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom mama22kids (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

I used potato rounds instead of patties and some corn, great spur of the moment recipe. Kids loved it!

Comment submitted: 2/23/2007 (#1610)

From Alyssa
Rating (out of 5):  

Hi from Brea, California. I made this for a Mom's group brunch and it was a hit!! I added a bit of green onion too, and it turned out great! Thanks for all the different breakfast ideas!

Comment submitted: 8/15/2006 (#157)

From psychspa
Rating (out of 5):  

I made this -- with a few of my own embellishments -- for my accounting department co-workers. I used a bit less cheese, added some sausage, green and red peppers, and onions. Everyone is raving about it, enjoying second servings, and asking for the recipe! Thanks for helping me to shine as a cook (which I am not!).

Comment submitted: 7/20/2006 (#156)

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