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Christmas Morning Life Saver

This breakfast casserole has been on our Christmas brunch table every year for decades.  It is tradition; a good one!  I clipped the recipe from a 'holiday recipe insert' in a local paper originally, and have tweaked it a little over the years...adding red and green peppers for a festive look. It is made the previous day and then popped in the oven in the morning. 

  • 16 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • ham, thinly sliced (about 1/2 lb./250 gr or 16 slices)
  • grated cheddar cheese (about 1/2 lb/250 gr)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of hot sauce, optional
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup red and/or green pepper, chopped 
  • 1/3 cup butter 
  • 1 cup crushed Corn Flakes (or Special K)

  1. Lay 8 slices of bread into a 9″ x 13″ (23 x 33 cm) buttered, glass baking dish. 
  2. Cover bread with sliced ham. 
  3. Spread with grated cheddar cheese and then cover with remaining slices of bread.
  4. In a bowl, beat eggs, salt, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, optional hot sauce and milk. Pour over the casserole. 
  5. Sprinkle black pepper, onions and peppers evenly over surface. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  6. In the morning, melt the butter and drizzle over top. 
  7. Sprinkle with crushed cornflakes. 
  8. Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 350 deg.F (180 deg.C). 
  9. Let stand for10 minutes before serving. 
Serves 8.



  1. Also known as "Horse Show Morning Mom Saver" we love it

  2. We love this too and we call it "Christmas Morning WIFE saver"!

  3. original "Best of Bridge" recipe and title is "Christmas Morning Wife Saver"