How to make it

  • In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter; add the leeks and garlic, stirring over medium heat just until lightly browned (don’t let the garlic burn or it will have a bitter taste).
  • Generously butter a glass 11x7 baking dish (the glass baking dish will give you a nice browned crust around the sides and bottom of the casserole, as well as the top).
  • Place a single layer of bread cubes in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Cover bread with ham cubes, then grated cheese, then the sautéed leeks and garlic.
  • Place another single layer of bread cubes over the top of the mixture.
  • In a 3 cup measuring cup, measure the half-and-half, then break in the eggs and add the seasoning.
  • Use a whisk or immersion blender to mix the ingredients together well.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole, making sure to get it into the corners and all around the top of the dish.
  • Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate 2 to 12 hours.
  • When ready to bake, remove foil and bake casserole at 325 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the top and sides of the casserole are a golden brown.
  • If the top begins to brown too much before the casserole is done, lay a piece of foil loosely over the top and remove it the last 10 minutes of baking time.
  • Let the casserole set for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
saute leeks and garlic in butter   Close
layer bread, ham, cheese, veg saute   Close
layer w remaining bread and cover with millk and egg mixture   Close
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  • conner909 13 years ago
    Krum, this looks really good and I like that it can be made ahead...always a plus. Do you always make your hollandaise from scratch? I haven't made it in years...isn't it tricky to make?
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    " It was excellent "
    debwin ate it and said...
    I love hollandaise too....a great recipe.
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    This sounds fantastic. Love leeks and this is a great way to eat them. Thanks for yet another great post. You have my 5.
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    " It was excellent "
    jenniferbyrdez ate it and said...
    Another winner Krum. Loveerly.
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Leeks are my favorite onion variety. The flavor would be phenomenal. Love this, have a happy day, dear.
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    " It was excellent "
    pat2me ate it and said...
    Oh, YUM!!!!! Saving for later! Thank you!
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