Grandma's Christmas Casserole

  • Yield: 12 servings

"Our children and grandchildren come to our home Christmas Eve, and we open one gift each - our Christmas pajamas. The next morning, after we see what Santa left in our stockings, we enjoy breakfast. I created this one-dish casserole so I wouldn't have to spend all my time in the kitchen."


1pound bacon slices
2cups diced potatoes
2cups diced ham or cooked ground sausage
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 1/2cups chopped onions
2 (2-ounce) cans sliced ripe olives, drained
1cup sliced mushrooms
12 eggs
3cups milk
1cup biscuit mix
1 1/2teaspoons salt
1teaspoon black pepper
1teaspoon garlic pepper
1/2teaspoon dried parsley
2cups shredded mild Cheddar
2cups shredded mozzarella
1 (16-ounce) container salsa
1 (16-ounce) carton sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the bacon and cook until crisp, stirring frequently. Drain on paper towels; discard the drippings. Repeat with the remaining bacon. Crumble and set aside.
  3. Layer the potatoes, ham, red pepper, green pepper, onion, olives, mushrooms, and bacon in the order listed in the prepared pan.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl until well beaten. Add the milk, biscuit mix, salt, black pepper, garlic pepper, and parsley and stir until well blended. Pour evenly over the potato mixture; cover the casserole with foil. Line the oven rack with foil to catch any drippings.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, uncover, and bake for 20 minutes longer, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle the Cheddar and mozzarella evenly over the top and return to the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese melts and begins to brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let stand 15 minutes. Top each serving with a dollop of salsa and sour cream.

Recipe by Debra Amunrud, Glencoe, Ark.