Christmas Morning Chef Saver, A Decadent Brunch For A Crowd That Is Easy & Delicious

christmas morning brunch

Growing up my mother would make this dish for us; a casserole of sorts that she had found in an old Reader’s Digest or something and it was titled: The Christmas Morning Wife Saver.  My feminist mother cringed every time she opened her recipe book – a collection of tear outs from newspapers and magazines, print outs from websites and emails.  She would cringe if my brother would ask, “Mum, you making the Wife Saver this year?”  She would cringe and say: “let’s give it another name, it’s a Strata!  We should just call it a Christmas Strata.”

christmas morning brunch casserole

My only contention with calling it a Strata is that it’s a Strata of the weakest form.  It’s made with white sliced bread, rather than artisan sourdough, Canadian bacon rather than Italian sausage and dry mustard instead of fresh Rosemary or thyme.  But it’s damn delicious and now that I’m a mother who hosts Christmas and people over the holidays it DOES save time.

christmas morning brunch

But I’m not a wife and contrary to old school popular belief, wives aren’t the only people who cook and if they’re in a happy marriage, they certainly don’t need to be saved!  Just the whole positioning for the name of this recipe is a bit much, BUT if you are cooking on Christmas and have a house full of people you have to feed, this recipe is for you!  It saves you from having to whip up something special on Christmas morning in the midst of opening presents, cleaning up after opening said presents and making the big meal for the evening.  Simple to make, this ‘Chef Saver’ is prepared easily the night before and left in the fridge to set as you sleep.  When you head downstairs, ahead of the kids, to open the presents, you just pop it in the over for an hour and you’re done!

It smells delicious, tastes just as good and is good for a crowd.

Here’s how:


  • 12 slices of white bread – crusts removed.  Good old Wonder Bread works best
  • 12 slices of black forest ham or pemeal bacon
  • 12 slices of sharp cheddar.  This kind is great, or you can also use grated cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp of chopped red pepper
  • 2 tbsp of chopped green pepper
  • 2 tsp of Worcestershire
  • 1tsp of dried mustard
  • 3 cups of milk
  • dash of hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • crushed corn flakes

christmas morning brunch

How To:

  • butter a 9X13 baking dish and place 6 slices of the bread down
  • layer the cheese and ham on top and then cover with the remaining bread
  • beat the eggs with all of the remaining ingredients except the butter and Corn Flakes in a medium bowl
  • pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread
  • cover the dish with saran wrap and put in the fridge overnight
  • in the morning melt the butter and drizzle over the casserole and then top with crushed Corn Flakes
  • cook it at 350 for an hour or until the top turns a nice golden brown
  • once cooked let it sit for 10 minutes and then serve
  • Enjoy!


christmas morning brunch