I can’t take sole credit for this Pepper Jack Egg Bake as the original recipe came from the mom of one of my college friends and I’ll be honest that I have no idea where it originally came from! This riff, however, is my own!
I’ve shared a couple different egg bakes with you in the past couple years, including:
Hearty Veggie Egg Bake
Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
While I LOVE each of these, T hasn’t been too excited about them. He’s a tough critic, so when he does approve of a recipe, I know it’s definitely a keeper! Recently, I made this Pepper Jack Egg Bake and he actually asked for the leftovers to have during the week! SUCCESS!
- 1 bag shredded hashbrowns
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup half & half
- ½ cup milk
- 3-4 cups chopped ham
- ½-1 cup chopped bacon
- 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- Place the hash browns in the bottom of an 8x10 baking pan and press down/together.
- Pour the melted butter evenly over the hash browns and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake the hash browns for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove from the oven and let cool.
- On top of the hash browns distribute the chopped ham and bacon evenly.
- In a bowl, beat the eggs, half and half, and milk together and pour over the ham and bacon.
- Sprinkle the shredded pepper jack cheese over the egg mix and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees
- I purchased the “mild” pepper jack cheese to use in this and I did it for two reasons: 1) I don’t always like super spicy things and I wanted to enjoy this egg bake! 2) The mild version was the only kind my grocery store had, so that settled that issue!
- The amount of ham and bacon you use is ultimately up to you! T really likes his egg bakes more meat and less eggs, so I used a lot!
- Bake it about 5 minutes longer than you think you need to! It’ll start browning around the edges nicely, but it’ll need a few more minutes to get the center completely set!
- Let the casserole set for at least 5 minutes after removing it from the oven before eating it!
- I highly recommend serving it with fresh fruit, but I think anytime you eat, it should include fresh fruit!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and it becomes a staple in our house as I know it will be in ours! It reheats wonderfully and doesn’t taste like all other egg bakes!