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Brunch Egg Bake (VRP 004)

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This Brunch Egg Bake is a cheesy, hearty dish perfect for any morning gathering. Packed with eggs, a medley of cheeses, and vibrant vegetables, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, offering a delightful mix of flavors and textures.

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Food History

Egg bakes, or casseroles, have been a part of American breakfast tables for decades, often seen at communal gatherings like brunches. They are celebrated for their versatility and ease of preparation, making them a favorite for hosts and hostesses.

Timeline

  • 1950s-1960s: Popularity of breakfast casseroles begins to rise in the U.S., especially for buffet-style brunches.
  • 1970s-1980s: As pre-prepared and frozen foods become more available, dishes like the egg bake become staples for convenient family meals and potlucks.
  • 2000s-Present: There’s a resurgence in using fresh and local ingredients in egg bakes, aligning with the farm-to-table movement.

Recipe Discussion

The base of this dish is a luxurious layer of shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and red peppers for a pop of color and flavor. The addition of diced ham introduces a savory depth, while the egg mixture, enriched with milk and seasoned with herbs and spices, binds all the ingredients into a fluffy, cohesive bake.

Serving Suggestions

This Brunch Egg Bake is best served warm, making it an ideal main dish for brunch. Pair it with a light fruit salad, crispy hash browns, or freshly baked bread to complete the meal. It’s also perfect for prepping ahead and serving at large gatherings.

Preparation Tips

  • Cheese Layering: Reserve a portion of the cheese for the top layer to achieve a golden, cheesy crust.
  • Vegetable Sauté: Ensure the vegetables are tender and well-drained before layering to prevent excess moisture in the bake.
  • Egg Mixture: Whisk the eggs thoroughly with the milk and flour to ensure a smooth, even pour that will cook uniformly.

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Brunch Egg Bake Recipe

Brunch Egg Bake

Brunch Egg Bake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups (12 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar (4½ oz sliced mushroom (drained))
  • ⅓ cup sliced onions
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • 2 T butter or oleo
  • 3 cups diced fully cooked ham (or pkg thin slice ham from ____)
  • 8 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 T minced fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine cheese; place 3 cup in ungreased 13x9x2 in bake dish & set aside.
  2. In a med skillet saute mushrooms, onion & red peppers in butter until tender; drain.
  3. Place over cheese. Top with ham. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. In a bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, flour, parsley, salt & pepper, mix well. Slowly pour over the cheese.
  5. Bake at 350° for 35-40 min or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Let stand 10 min before cutting.

Notes

Yield = 12 servings.

Whether you’re hosting a Sunday brunch or need a satisfying dish that can feed a crowd, this Brunch Egg Bake is a wonderful choice. Its combination of melty cheese, robust flavors, and hearty ingredients makes it a beloved dish for any breakfast or brunch table.

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