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Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole

    It’s the time of year when I usually begin craving comfort food, as the temperature has cooled down some, and the mornings and evenings are crisp. I adore fall and always look forward to cooking up some meals that are heartier than summer’s fare. This dish is perfect for any meal, as we’ve eaten it not only for breakfast, but it makes a tasty lunch or dinner as well.

    This delicious Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole is the perfect 8×8 inch size for my husband and I. There’s just enough yummy leftovers for us for a couple of days, plus this dish reheats really well. The casserole starts with a layer of frozen hash browns, then ham, green onion and cheese is layered over the potatoes. Beaten eggs are pour over all. It bakes for about an hour. Don’t expect the hash browns to be crispy though. The hash browns are soft and very moist after baking. If not baked long enough I think it could be watery, so be sure to allow time for it to fully cook.

    Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole
    Slightly adapted from here–
    This dish can be put together the night before, covered and placed in the fridge, and baked in the morning. Baking time may be longer. Also, according to BHG, you can double the ingredients and place in a 9×13 baking pan. Again I imagine baking time would be longer, and I have not tried it.

    3 cups of frozen hash browns- I use the shredded ones
    1/4 cup diced green onions
    1 cup of diced ham, or can use cooked sausage
    1 cup shredded cheese- I used Colby-Jack
    4 eggs, beaten
    1 1/2 cups whole milk
    1/8 teaspoon salt- I used less because the ham was so salty
    1/8 teaspoon black pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8x2 inch (2 quarts), baking pan. Pour the 3 cups of frozen hash browns into pan and distribute evenly in the pan. Sprinkle potatoes with the green onions, ham and then the cheese. Mix eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together and pour over all. Bake in oven for about 50 minutes, until eggs are set and top is golden. Pierce middle with a knife to test for it to be done. The casserole will puff up during baking. Hope you enjoy!