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Christmas Morning Wife Saver Recipe

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If you’re looking for a way to make your Christmas morning special without spending hours in the kitchen, the Christmas Morning Wife Saver is perfect for you. This tasty breakfast casserole combines ham, cheese, and cornflakes, making it a hearty dish that everyone will love.

You can prep it the night before, saving you time and stress on Christmas morning. Just pop it in the oven, and you’ve got a delicious and satisfying meal ready to go. This tradition has been a favorite for many families and will surely become a favorite for yours as well.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Bread: You need 5 to 6 slices of bread. White bread is traditional, but whole wheat or sourdough can be used as substitutes.

Ham: A layer of ham is typical. You can substitute with cooked bacon or turkey slices if you prefer.

Cheese: Cheddar cheese is commonly used. Mozzarella, Swiss, or any melting cheese works just as well.

Eggs: Whisk together 5 eggs. This is essential for binding the casserole.

Milk: You will need 2 to 2 ½ cups of milk. For a richer taste, you can use half-and-half or even cream.

Dry Mustard: 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons of dry mustard adds flavor. If you don’t have dry mustard, Dijon mustard can be a good substitute.

Onion: ½ a chopped onion is usually added. You can use green onions for a milder flavor.

Worcestershire Sauce: This adds depth to the flavor. Soy sauce can be a substitute if you are in a pinch.

Hot Sauce: A few drops of hot sauce add a bit of spice. You can use Tabasco or any other hot sauce you like.

Butter: Melted butter (about ¼ cup) is poured over the top before baking. Margarine can work as a substitute.

Corn Flakes: Crushed Corn Flakes are sprinkled on top for a crunchy texture. Special K or crushed Ritz crackers can also be used.


  1. Prepare the Casserole Dish

    • Grease a 9″x13″ casserole dish.
    • Layering Bread: Place 5-6 slices of bread at the bottom.
  2. Add Ingredients

    • Spread shredded ham over the bread.
    • Add chopped mushrooms and onions.
    • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
    • Place another layer of bread over the cheese.
  3. Mix the Egg Mixture

    • In a bowl, whisk together:
      • 6 eggs
      • 2 cups milk
      • 1 tsp dry mustard
      • 2 tbsp chopped chives
      • 1 tsp hot sauce
      • Salt and pepper to taste
  4. Combine & Refrigerate

    • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole.
    • Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Baking Process

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
    • On the next morning, pour melted butter over the casserole.
    • Sprinkle crushed corn flakes or Special K on top.
    • Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until set and lightly browned.
  6. Finish Up

    • Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious Christmas Morning Wife Saver!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips and Tricks:

  • Layer the Ingredients: Ensure the bread and other ingredients are layered evenly. This helps the casserole cook properly.

  • Egg Mixture: Combine eggs with milk, mustard, salt, and pepper before pouring over the casserole. This mix binds everything together.

  • Rest Time: Letting the casserole rest in the fridge overnight allows the flavors to meld.

  • Butter: Pour melted butter evenly over the top before baking. This adds extra flavor and helps the top get golden brown.

  • Corn Flakes: Sprinkle crushed corn flakes on top for a crunchy texture.


  • Prep Ahead: Assemble the casserole the night before. Cover with tin foil and place it in the fridge. Bake it fresh in the morning.

  • Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • Reheating: Reheat individual portions in the microwave or place the entire dish back in the oven until warmed through.

  • Freezing: You can freeze the unbaked casserole. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before baking.

Table for Quick Reference:

AssemblyNight before
Bake Time1 hour
Fridge StorageUp to 3 days
Freezer StorageUp to 3 months

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

There are many ways to change up your Christmas Morning Wife Saver. Here are a few ideas:

  • Vegetarian: Skip the ham and add more veggies like spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
  • Spicy: Add some diced jalapeños or a dash of paprika.
  • Cheese Lover’s: Mix in different cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, and feta.

Serving Suggestions

When serving your Christmas Morning Wife Saver, try these tips:

  • Garnish: Top with fresh chives or parsley.
  • Sides: Serve with a fresh fruit salad or some crispy bacon.
  • Condiments: Offer a side of salsa, sour cream, or hot sauce.

Table of Ingredients & Substitutions

Original IngredientSubstitution Ideas
HamTurkey or Chicken slices
White BreadWhole Wheat or Sourdough
Cheddar CheeseMonterey Jack or Swiss
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Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.