I was inspired by a guest recently to make a Monte Cristo for breakfast. I searched Pinterest (nothing new for me) and found a great recipe for a Monte Cristo style breakfast casserole.
It received 2 thumbs up from all our guests.
Try it and let me know how you like it.
Monte Cristo Casserole
2 cups cubed ham
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups half & half
1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
6 cups slightly stale, cubed french bread
Powdered sugar (optional for garnish)
Raspberry preserves, warmed until stirrable (optional for garnish)
Add eggs, half & half, mustard, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to a large bowl. Whisk together until the mixture is completely smooth.
Add the bread, stirring until all of the bread is well coated with egg.
Stir in the ham and half of the cheese until evenly Incorporated.
Lightly spray an 8x8" baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Pour the egg mixture out into the pan, evenly spreading it out. Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the casserole rest for 2 minutes before slicing and plating. If using, sprinkle each slice lightly with powdered sugar. Drizzle with the warm raspberry preserves and serve immediately.