Recipe – Christmas Morning Casserole

Looking for a nice way to begin the Christmas festivities? This breakfast casserole is delicious and beautiful!

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of quick-cooking polenta
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded Fontina, Mozzarella, or a blend
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) grated Parmesan
  • 5 oz thinly-sliced cured meat, such as salami, ham, prosciutto, or ham
  • 1 cup packed spinach, kale, or another leafy green (torn or chopped)
  • 1/4 cup packed basil leaves, torn
  • 8 large eggs
Put it together
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees, rack in the center.
  • Butter generously a 9×13 inch pan and put to the side.
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  • Gradually whisk in the polenta and salt.
  • Stir constantly while cooking until the polenta bubbles and pulls away from the pan (approx 3 minutes)
  • Stir in milk, butter, and cheese vigorously until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread the polenta onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Layer with meat, greens, or whatever you want.
  • Use the back of a large spoon to create 8 small wells in the polenta.
  • Crack the eggs inside, sprinkle with parm, and bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs.
  • Sprinkle with black pepper and basil.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy!