Ham and Cheese Casserole

What is buttery, cheesy and egg-free? The ham and cheese breakfast casserole! With 5 minutes of prep and three ingredients, it will soon be your favorite breakfast casserole.

close up slice of ham and cheese casserole with strawberries


 

Kitchen Sink or Deli Drawer?

Ham and Cheese Casserole is also known as the Kitchen Sink Casserole or the Deli Drawer Casserole, however, I usually end up making mine with ham and cheese. I personally prefer to keep it more on the simple side but no matter how you prepare it, it’s always satisfying and pleasing.

This dish derives its name exactly how you think it would. It is a “clean out your deli meat and cheese drawer” casserole. Now, it might sound like a bit of a throwaway, but it is worthy of any special morning.

The best part it? It is rarely the same, but always stellar.

overhead of ham and cheese casserole in baking dish

The second best part? It is super simple to build. The third best part? All of the ingredients are already in your house. Scratch that last-minute run to the store to figure out what is for breakfast.

If we are being honest, the holidays are tough when you are hosting or as a guest that wants to lend a hand. Plus, there are lots of meals eaten and even more leftovers in the fridge.

This recipe kills two birds with one stone. And even if you aren’t cooking for a crowd, you probably have some deli meat and some cheese in the fridge at the very least.

The Old School Casserole

Casseroles may seem antiquated but don’t let their old school name steer you away. They are a great way to feed a large family or visitors.

This recipe was first introduced to me by my mother while visiting her home in North Carolina, but since my usual go-to Chile Relleno Casserole isn’t pleasing to my egg-hating sister-in-law, this has become the second “go-to”.

fork holding a cheesy piece of breakfast casserole

Easy, simple, and darn tasty! I mean who doesn’t like layers of meat and cheese in flaky croissant dough?! The best part about this Ham and Cheese casserole is you only use 3 ingredients (excluding those that you may throw in,) and it still comes out of the oven smelling amazing and tasting delicious!

Basic Breakfast Casserole Ingredients

Think of this as the base for your own custom creation. It is hard to mess up, but easy to dress-up.

  • Crescent rolls– lighty, buttery and totally rich, two cans of refrigerated crescent dough make up the two bready layers.
  • Honey ham– I prefer to use the slightly sweetened deli ham, but salami or great for a little kick and prosciutto is also fun, as is cooked bacon or any other deli meat. Try using a blend of meats too. A little less or a little more, you really can’t go wrong.
  • Cheese- I used sliced cheese because that is what is leftover in my cheese drawer, but shredded works too. Colby and cheddar are my go-tos, but Muenster and mozzarella are close seconds. I set aside a little more for sprinkling on top.
ham and cheese layered on crescent dough

How to Make It

Making it is easy, try to leave a little space between layers for even cooking, meaning don’t press it down.

  1. Prep the oven and a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Start with a layer of crescent dough, spreading it out to the edges.
  3. Layer ham and cheese and then ham and cheese (or whatever meat you are using). Reserve a small amount of cheese for topping, if desired.
  4. Finish by spreading out the second can of crescent dough over the top.
  5. Bake until golden brown. Sprinkle any reserved cheese over the top- the residual heat should melt the cheese.
  6. Allow to rest and cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Variations

  • Veggies- Cooked veggies are wonderful in it. Think steamed or roasted broccoli or even potatoes. Lunch meat is a sinch. Cheese of almost any kind (not sure how I would feel about the blue variety) is fantastic. Throw in everything except the kitchen sink. You can use whatever you please.
  • Cheeses- Literally use any cheese you can think of. Hard cheese, soft cheese, a blend of anything between- go for it!
  • Meats- whether they are thinly sliced or cubed, throw it in!
  • Bread- If you don’t want to use actual bread or pizza dough instead of crescent dough, go for it.

Also, check out my guide for freezing casseroles if you end up having leftovers!

slice of cheesy breakfast casserole on white plates

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4.45 from 25 votes
With only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep, this eggless Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is a perfect easy breakfast.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place 1/2 crescent dough (1 can) in a single layer.
  • Layer the cheese, ham, cheese and ham. Finish with a single layer of crescent dough. Reserve a small amount of cheese for sprinkling on top, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. If the tops starts to brown, loosely place a sheet of aluminum foil over top so the bottom layer has time to cook as well.
  • If you are sprinkling cheese on top, sprinkle right after removing from the oven. Cheese should melt with heat from the top layer.
  • Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 373 kcal, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 19 g, Fat: 27 g, Saturated Fat: 13 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 971 mg, Potassium: 143 mg, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 374 IU, Calcium: 272 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 373
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast casseroles, ham and cheese casserole
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Every year I made something similar for Halloween. My kids are going to be begging for this ham and cheese casserole recipe all year long now! It’s so easy and such a classic!

  2. 5 stars
    This Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is so easy to make and delicious! It’s perfect for feeding a crowd. Everyone loved it!