This recipe needs to have at least 8 hours of rest time before cooking, so making it last minute is not an option. Talk about well worth it. Houseguests and family will be impressed by this souffle-like dish, BUT it doesn't require the labor and babysitting of a souffle. We wish to thank All Recipes for the inspiration.
Our deviled egg seasonings help make this easier and a little less caloric. See the substitute below the recipe. The yellow highlights indicate the substitutes.
Needs to rest for 8 hours before cooking. Don't we all??
cooking spray (such as Pam®)
**2 cups diced cooked ham
2 tablespoons butter, or as needed
7 slices bread, crusts removed
½ pound Cheddar cheese, cubed
3 cups milk
6 eggs, beaten
**¾ teaspoon dry mustard
**¾ teaspoon salt
1. Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
2. Spread ham into the bottom of prepared casserole dish. Butter one side of each bread slice; cut slices into cubes. Arrange buttered bread cubes atop ham; layer American cheese over bread cubes.
3. Whisk milk, eggs, mustard powder, and salt together in a bowl; pour over American cheese layer. Cover dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove aluminum foil from casserole.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and eggs are set in the middle, about 1 hour.
**Skip the ham, but not the flavor. Substitute 1 tablespoon of Smoky Ham Deviled Egg Seasonings for the ham, dried mustard and salt.