Pepper Jack Egg Bake

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

Breakfast Strata

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

The Recipe

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!

Pepper Jack Egg Bake
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag shredded hashbrowns
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Place the hash browns in the bottom of an 8x10 baking pan and press down/together.
  2. Pour the melted butter evenly over the hash browns and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake the hash browns for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove from the oven and let cool.
  4. On top of the hash browns distribute the chopped ham and bacon evenly.
  5. In a bowl, beat the eggs, half and half, and milk together and pour over the ham and bacon.
  6. Sprinkle the shredded pepper jack cheese over the egg mix and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees

 

Cooks Notes:

  • 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!

 

 

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