I have to admit, I of course made some small adjustments to her recipe. One change was the cheese. She suggest using Gouda. However, I had just stopped by Fair Oaks Farms in Northwestern Indiana and got some butterkase cheese. I just had to use it in this casserole.
I grated it all up.
Then make about two cups of white sauce. I took four tablespoons of butter, melted it down in a sauce pan and added four tablespoons of flour and combined into a rue. Cook for about one minute. Slowly add 2 cups of milk and whisk together. I then added salt and pepper to taste and ½ teaspoon of dried mustard.
Pour half the white sauce in the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan.
Layer four slices of bread on top.
Layer sliced ham on top of the bread. I used a whole 10 ounce package. Use half on the first layer of bread.
Then layer half of the cheese on top of the ham. Repeat bread, ham and cheese again.
Pour the remainder of the sauce over top of the second layer of cheese.
Looks yummy doesn't it?
Bake for 30 minutes on 400 degrees. Right before it is done baking, fry up six eggs. Pull the casserole out of the oven and cut into six pieces. Place one fried egg on top of each piece. Top with a slice of swiss cheese and bake for a few more minutes to melt cheese.
Let sit for about five minutes before serving.
- 8 tablespoons 1 stick butter, divided
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon teaspoon salt plus more for seasoning
- ½ teaspoon pepper plus more for seasoning
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 10 to 12 slices white bread
- 1 pound thinly sliced ham
- 1 ½ cups 6 ounces grated white cheese like Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Swiss, butterkase, or Munster, reserve some for top of casserole
- 6 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat until bubbling.
- Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Slowly whisk in the milk small portion at a time and cook until thick and bubbling for 3 to 5 minutes more.
- Combine the mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
- Grease a square 8 inch pyrex pan.
- Pour a thin layer of the sauce into the prepared baking dish and top with 5 or 6 slices of bread, then slices of the ham and an even layer of the cheese.
- Repeat the layers again, ending with a third layer of sauce to cover all.
- Bake the casserole for 30 minutes.
- Remove it from the oven and cut into 6 equal pieces.
- Fry 6 eggs to your family's egg preferences.
- Top each portion of the casserole with a fried egg.
- Top with cheese and it in the oven for a few minutes until cheese melts.
Enjoy the cheesy goodness. We loved it!
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