Christmas Morning Life Saver


Mark and Lisa Bastiaansen, egg farmers in Arkona, Ontario, enjoy this layered egg casserole at Christmas and other times during the year.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (18 ounce) loaf sliced white bread

  • ½ pound thinly sliced or shaved ham

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 6 eggs

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • ¼ cup finely chopped green pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Dash TABASCO® Pepper Sauce

  • 3 cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted


  1. Trim crusts from bread; reserve crusts. Cover bottom of greased 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) baking dish with slices of bread, trimming to fit if necessary. Cover with ham, then cheese. Top with another layer of bread.

  2. Whisk eggs. Add onion, green pepper, dry mustard, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco; whisk to combine. Whisk in milk. Pour mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Meanwhile, pulse reserved crusts in food processor until coarsely chopped. Set aside 1-1/2 cups of the bread crumbs. (Remainder can be frozen for another use.)

  4. The next day, stir butter into bread crumbs until moistened. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top of casserole.

  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (180 degrees F) oven until puffed, set and golden brown, about 1 to 1-1/4 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
22g Fat
39g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 200mg 67%
Sodium 1095mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 438mg 34%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 382mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.