Christmas Breakfast Casserole

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Christmas Breakfast Casserole.  If you’re looking for a simple but special way to serve up a delicious breakfast or brunch this Christmas, we have the perfect solution for you.  This Christmas Casserole can feed a crowd on a budget and it’s super easy to make.  Enjoy!

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Emeril Lagasse’s Breakfast Casserole with Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese

from – “The Macy’s Culinary Council Thanksgiving & Holiday Cookbook”.  Serves 6 -8

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, plus more to season
  • 6 cups broccoli florets (from about 2 pounds broccoli heads)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 ¼ cups (about 8 ounces) finely chopped ham
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 8 cups cubed crusty bread such as French or Italian (1-inch cubes)
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or scallions (white and tender green parts)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • To assemble the casserole: Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Fill a large pot three-fourths full of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Season the water with salt, add the broccoli florets, and blanch until bright green and barely tender, about 1 minute. Using a skimmer, transfer the broccoli to the ice bath to halt the cooking. When the broccoli is fully chilled, drain well, pat dry with paper towels, and set aside.
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Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali

Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, co-founders and owners of Party Bluprints Inc. and The Partybluprints Blog, a are lifestyle and entertaining experts. In October 2010, Dawn and Elizabeth published their first book, Plan to Party.  Their mission is to make home entertaining simple and special. Dawn and Elizabeth have been featured on NBCTODAY Show, Fox TV Good Day NY, Good Housekeeping, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Consumer Report’s Smart Shopper, Redbook Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, Money Talks News, Denver Life, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Fox News Strategy Room, CBS NY2, and many more regional and local radio shows and newspapers. In addition, they have been featured on countless sites and blogs including MSN.com, Yahoo.com, AccessHollywood.com, GourmetLive.com and RetailMeNot.com’s “Insider’s Blog”.

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