Ham & Cheese Brunch Squares

Brunch guests on their way? No problem! This colorful dish comes together in no time and serves a crowd.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 mL) grated Colby & Monterey Jack cheese blend or marble cheese blend (8 oz/250 g), divided
  • 1 pkg (22.5 oz or 750 g) frozen toaster hash brown patties, thawed (about 10 patties)
  • 8 oz (250 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 12   eggs
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) black pepper
  • 8 oz (250 g) thickly sliced deli ham
  • 4–5   green onions with tops, divided
  • 3   plum tomatoes
  •  Additional black pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Lightly brush the Large Bar Pan with vegetable oil. Grate the cheese using the Microplane® Adjustable Coarse Grater. Crumble the hash browns over the pan and press gently. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Bake for 13–15 minutes or until the crust starts to brown.

  2. Meanwhile, in the Classic Batter Bowl, whisk the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the eggs and black pepper; whisk until smooth. Coarsely chop the ham using the Food Chopper. Slice the green onions, reserving 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the tops for garnish. Place the ham and remaining green onions into the 8" (20-cm) Sauté Pan; cook and stir over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until hot. Stir the ham mixture into the egg mixture.

  3. Remove the bar pan from the oven, and pour the egg mixture over the crust. Return to the oven and bake for 8–10 minutes, or until the center is set. Meanwhile, seed and dice the tomatoes using a Utility Knife. Remove the pan from the oven. Top with the remaining cheese, tomatoes, and reserved green onions. Sprinkle with additional black pepper, if desired. Cut into squares and serve using the Mini Serving Spatula.

Yield:

  • 12  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 160, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 155 mg, Sodium 740 mg, Carbohydrate 16 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 9 g

Cook's Tips:

To soften the cream cheese, microwave on HIGH for 15–20 seconds or until softened, then whisk until smooth. 

You can swap deli ham for 2 cups (500 mL) of cooked and crumbled bulk pork sausage or 12 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon. 

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