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Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake

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Ham and cheese croissant bake is an easy overnight casserole made with croissants, ham, and white cheddar cheese soaked overnight then baked until hot and bubbly.

Serve this decadent casserole with Irish coffee, or next to creme brulee french toast for the ultimate brunch. Just add mimosas!

Hot ham and cheese croissant bake fresh from the oven next to green onions.

Why We Love It

This overnight breakfast casserole recipe uses day old croissants, and cooked ham. It’s the perfect way to use up your leftovers.

If you don’t happen to have leftover croissants laying around, dry some out in the oven at 250°F for about an hour (the drier they are, the more egg mixture they will soak up).

If you’re entertaining, you can whip this up the night before, and when brunch rolls around, just pop it in the oven. It’s simple, elegant, and fun!

Plus, it’s topped with everything bagel seasoning, which is arguably the best part of any breakfast!

Croissants in a dish next to cubed ham, green onions, and cheese.

How To Make Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake

To make this ham and cheese overnight casserole:

  1. LAYER: Place the croissants in a 9×13″ baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cheese, ham, and green onions.
  2. POUR: Combine the milk and eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the mixture over the croissant layer.
  3. SOAK: Soak the casserole overnight, or for a minimum for 4 hours. The longer, the better!
  4. BAKE: Bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
  5. SERVE: Garnish with everything bagel seasoning, and green onions, and serve.

Eggs being poured over croissants, ham, and cheese.

Tips and Substitutions

  • The croissants should be pretty stale, in order for the egg/milk mixture to soak up properly.
  • White cheddar adds a ton of flavor while not being overpowering, like orange cheddar can be. If you’d like, try mixing the two together. We also love mixing 50/50 white cheddar and swiss!
  • Cut the croissants in different sizes. This makes it look interesting once it’s all layered together!
  • The breakfast casserole is fully baked when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • If you’re not a fan of cooked green onions, feel free to leave them out and use them as a garnish, so they’re fresh on top.
  • We love using just a bit of pepper if we don’t have any everything bagel seasoning on hand.
  • For an even richer brunch, serve this next to hollandaise sauce.
  • For an added kick, top it with a little sriracha. Everything’s better with sriracha.

A wooden spoon serving the overnight casserole.

Storing and Reheating

If there are any leftovers, they can be stored in the fridge wrapped with plastic wrap for up to 4 days. Ham and cheese croissant bake does not freeze well.

To reheat, bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes covered with foil so the top doesn’t continue to brown.

Alternatively, you can microwave on high for around 2 minutes or until heated through.

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Hot ham and cheese croissant bake fresh from the oven next to green onions.
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Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Chilling Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 55 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Bailey
This easy overnight casserole is filled with ham and cheese, soaked overnight, then baked until hot and bubbly.
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Ingredients

  • 12 croissants day old, see note
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups ham cooked, cubed
  • 3 green onions chopped, divided
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

  • Cut croissants into varying sizes - ½, ⅓, and bite sized. Place in the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish. Sprinkle with cubed ham, ⅔ of the green onions, and ½ of the white cheddar cheese. Set aside.
  • Whisk eggs and milk in a medium mixing bowl until combined. Pour over prepared croissant mixture. Top with remaining cheese and green onions. Cover, and chill for 4 hours to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake overnight casserole for 35-40 minutes, or until egg mixture has set and top is golden. Top with everything bagel seasoning. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Croissants should be slightly stale, or a day old, in order to soak up as much of the egg mixture as possible. If the croissants are fresh, cut them and place them on a baking tray at 250°F for 45 minutes to dry out before using.
Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 844IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 2mg

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