Holiday Morning Breakfast Time Saver

I found this recipe on a handwritten recipe card from my mom's kitchen 'file'. This one is called a 'wife saver'....Hmmm....lets call it a time saver. ( I understand that it is very similar to one in the Best of Bridge...and More Series. I cannot reference the book as I don't own it but if you have the book you may look up the recipe there.)

If you have a large family or guests for Christmas or Thanksgiving is nice not to worry about breakfast. Make this ahead and pop in the fridge for night. Pull out in the morning, place in oven and get started on that turkey stuffing. This is also good for brunches, Sunday football afternoons etc. Maybe even a birthday breakfast...happy birthday - you know who you are!


  • 16 slices (or as needed) white bread (you can certainly use brown...I did white for the presentation and photos today) with crusts removed (save those crusts for your stuffing!!!)
  • slices of bacon or ham (if you are using thick slices then you should chop it first or it will be difficult to cut into nice square later for serving)
  • 6 eggs
  • slices or grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or omit!!!!!)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup minced onion (or omit for those fussy family members :)
  • 1/4 cup minced green pepper (as above)
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco (or omit....or add more!)
  • 1 to 2 tsp Worcester sauce
  • 3 cups whole milk (really it needs to have some substance so whole milk...yep I know I only use skim at home so I had to add a mix of cream to give it that thickness)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Special K or crushed Corn Flakes

Lightly spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with vegetable oil. Lay 8 pieces of bread on bottom, patching to cover completely. Layer bacon or ham on top. Next layer the cheese (I used some left over shredded cheese from taco fillings.) Cover with remaining bread to resemble sandwiches.

In a bowl beat the eggs with salt and pepper. To the mixture add the dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcester sauce, milk and Tabasco. Pour over the 'sandwiches'. Cover and let stand in fridge overnight. In morning, melt 1/4 cup butter (I did less...about 1/8th cup. Just enough to drizzle). Pour over top. In a thin layer cover with Special K or crushed Corn Flakes. Bake uncovered in 350 oven for 1 hour. Let stand for ten minutes before serving. ....if no one digs into it first!


  1. Wonderful recipe for it! It sure would make a delicious birthday breakfast..I'm hungry!

  2. This is called Christmas Morning Wifesaver at our place...and we have it for brunch on Christmas morning every year. My daughter thinks it is for Christmas only...and not to be served for any other occasion. It's a great recipe.

  3. This is always one of our favorites on Christmas morning. . I guess I better make that holiday category . . eh?

  4. I lost my copy of of this - a favorite aunt used to make it! She used Jimmy Dean sausage in it, but bacon or ham sound delicious too. Thank you so much!

  5. Its funny, I was looking for this recipe, but it does not come up on the index of "brunch" on your website. I am not even sure how I stumbled across it. But, I am looking forward to making this for saturday morning (Valentine weekend).

  6. Can I make this with 1% milk? I don't want to make with a type of milk that I don't drink and will pour down the drain.

  7. Yes Melissa... go ahead, you can use 1% milk.

  8. this is a dumb question, but is the bacon cooked already when you add it to the cassarole?

  9. not a dumb question at all....but yes, cook/fry your bacon before putting in the layers. Oh I hope I am not to late for you...this is such a good and yummy breakfast treat! Yummers!

  10. I use parchment paper to line the entire pan, nothing sticks and the cleanup is a breeze!-Deb M

  11. This is a recipe I have enjoyed since I was a kid, but we only had it on Christmas morning. Now that I am married with my own kids, I make it at least once a month. It is truly fabulous! I have always had it with ham. But, bacon, that is new to me and I may have to try that one time.
    The Bishops

  12. We like to sleep in Christmas morning (having opened gifts Christmas Eve) :), so this has become a simple supper meal ALL year! It goes great with baked tomatoes (Top tomato halves with a mixture of bread crumbs, parm cheese, basil and melted butter. Bake till softened.) YuM!

  13. the bacon is really meant to be back bacon or ham, not your everyday bacon that you fry up, so cooking it before is not required. I ate this every year as a kid growing up, it is a classic Canadian Christmas dish :)

  14. How thick is the ham supposed to be? Thin slices like for cold sandwiches or thicker?

  15. I usually use a few slices of the thinner sandwich ham, or thinly sliced baked ham.

  16. Should I make changes to the baking time or temp if making in a regular metal baking pan?

  17. Replies
    1. It is not recommended to freeze this dish. Eggs and custard like dishes that are frozen tend to become watery when thawed.