Use up those Easter ham leftovers with this kid-pleasing recipe!
With Easter coming up next week, I know a lot of us are looking forward to a wonderful ham dinner with our family and friends and maybe even some leftover ham. This week, I am going to share one of our favorite brunch recipes to use up some leftover ham AND leftover dinner rolls! Not only that, you can prepare it the night before with your kids of all ages and just pop it in the oven the next morning with a clean kitchen!
Sunday evening, after Easter dinner, we like to prep this casserole and then bake it Monday morning for a delicious treat! It sure is easy to get my family out of the bed on a Monday morning when they smell this delicious french toast casserole coming from the kitchen!
The leftovers are great reheated in the microwave, so we will have this for breakfast a few days in a row. If you would really like to have a special treat, baked ham can stay in the fridge for up to a week, so you could plan a fun Brunch with family the Saturday after Easter. Even better, you can dice up and freeze your leftover ham and have this any time of the year. Talk about a time AND money saver!
Prepping with older kids: This recipe requires a good bit of measuring, mixing and pouring, making it lots of fun and great teaching tools.
Prepping with younger kids: Little ones can tear bread into small pieces and mix both kinds of bread. (It calls for 10 cups of bread total, so there is a lot of tearing!)
Overnight Glazed Ham & French Toast Casserole
- 5 cups white bread, torn into small pieces (This can be a combination of leftover dinner rolls and sandwich bread or one or the other)
- 5 cups sourdough bread, torn into small pieces
- 3 cups leftover ham, chopped
- 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 TBSP vanilla
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Heavily butter a 13 x 9 Glass Baking dish. Combine torn white bread, sourdough bread and chopped ham and pour into pan. Combine eggs, cream, milk, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir well and pour evenly over the bread and ham mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate.
- Prepare the streusel topping by combining the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir and refrigerate separately from the casserole.
- The next morning, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove foil from french toast casserole. Sprinkle evenly with streusel topping. Cut the stick of butter into very small pieces and dot it over the top of the streusel. Bake uncovered for 1 hour.
- While casserole is baking, prepare the glaze by combining powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Remove casserole from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Drizzle with glaze and serve!
Note: We originally cooked up this recipe in 2014 but it’s a real crowd-please so we keep it updated!
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Brandi Burgess A.K.A. 'Aunt Bee' has been married to the love of her life for 10 years. A Birmingham native, she and her husband helped run her parents successful business for 8 years before finally spreading their wings and setting out to make it on their own. They moved to Huntsville in 2012 where she is a stay at home mom to their 2 kids, ages 9 and 4. She has a passion for cooking for her family and trying new recipes, and she blogs her family's dinners and weekly meal plans over at Aunt Bees Recipes.
Great idea for leftover ham, I will be having some leftovers for sure next weekend!!
Thank you Tara! We love the sweet and salty combo of the ham and french toast! Give it a try! <3
Brandi, you had me a streusel topping!! this looks and sounds delicious. I never tried ham in french toast before. Will have to give it a go!
Everything is better with a streusel topping! Thanks for your sweet comment! <3
What a wonderful way to use that left over ham! I love the idea of using the dinner rolls as well!
Thank you Kecia! I love finding new ways to use up leftovers!
wow….this looks fantastic! I love that it can be prepared with leftovers and made the night before. A real money saver and time saver! thanks for the recipe Brandi!
Thank you so much, Renee!
Oh my gosh, Brandi! This looks and sounds amazing. Perfect sweet and savory combination!!! And I love having the kids help in the kitchen! I think we will have a practice run in the morning before Easter.
Thank you! We love the sweet and savory combo for brunch! (or a midnight snack!)
This would be lovely and easy for an Easter brunch!
Thank you Nancy! It is really easy! My 9 year old made the above recipe for the photo with very minimal supervision! I LOVE cooking with kids! <3
I would love to pop that in the oven for a lovely Easter Brunch. I’d make ham for leftovers just so I could make it! Thanks Brandi! YUM!
Haha KC! We definitely make ham for the leftovers a lot of times! Ham and White Bean Soup? Yes, Please! <3
This is going to be a perfect recipe for when I have company. Love the addition of ham, but still has a sweet base. Looks delicious!
Yes, I agree! Most french toast casseroles are a little too sweet for me! I think the salty addition of ham balances it out quite nicely! Thank you for your sweet comment!
Brandi what a clever combination for an all in one breakfast! And so economical. PLUS – after a busy holiday the next day is hard enough for most people BECAUSE IT’S MONDAY and therefore this is a great time saver. It would even be great for the night time meal for moms and dads who work outside of the home!
So true Patty! I put this together Christmas Eve nights for that same exact reason! Who has time for making a huge and complicated Christmas breakfast when their are 10 million toy packages to open??? LOL! I have also subbed cooked bacon or breakfast sausage for the ham! ALL good! <3
This reminds me of Latiara and this past summer. She love love loved!!!! Cooking with Aunt Bee. 🙂 Breakfast, lunch, or dinner she was ready to cook. Thank you for spreading your love of cooking to her and creating wonderful memories she will cherish for years to come. 🙂
AWWWWW!!!!!! She brought us SO much JOY! Thank you so much Cristy! It was my PLEASURE!!!! 🙂
That’s a great way to use the left over ham! I will definitely be trying this one out.
Thank you, Joci! I hope you try it and love it! <3
This looks so delicious. Can’t wait to sneak some leftover ham from Easter dinner at the in laws so I can make this!!!
LOL @ sneaking the leftover ham! I hope you make it and love it! <3
I love this! particularly for busy mums like myself. Definitely one on my list to try this Easter 🙂
Thank you so much Jaclyn! 🙂
I can’t wait to try this recipe! If this is anything like your others, my family will be VERY pleased. I’ve saved your other recipes and love them. Please, please keep up the good work and keep posting to this site! I love it!
Thank you Amy! I appreciate your kind words! 🙂
Anything with streusel topping is a winner in my books and this looks a great way to use leftovers!
What a fantastic idea for leftovers! I love overnight breakfast bakes too. Takes the stress out of the morning!
Thank you so much, Sarah! I feel like if I have everyone’s clothes laid out and breakfast ready the night before, I have won half the morning battle LOL 🙂
What a wonderful idea Brandi! I absolutely love this and will definitely be giving it a go 🙂
Thank you Nicole! I hope you try it and LOVE IT!!! <3
G’day! Always like to see more ways to use up leftovers Brandi!
G’day Joanne! Me too! Thank you for your comment! <3