By Paige Rhodes

Photos by Paige Rhodes 

Labor Day is coming up, which means you might have overnight guests looking for their last summer hurrah. They’ll also be looking for a hearty breakfast the next morning, which makes this Southern-style breakfast casserole a perfect choice for company. It can easily be adapted to feed as many people as you need. It can be assembled the evening before and popped in the oven in the morning so you can spend more time lounging by the pool.

Southern Style Breakfast Casserole 
Yields 4 servings

For the Biscuits
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp shortening
1 cup cold whole milk

For the Casserole
Biscuits prepared above or half of a 16 oz container of pre-made biscuits, cut in fourths
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
8 oz country ham, trimmed of fat and diced in 1 inch pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Biscuits
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Using your fingertips, two knives or a dough cutter, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs.

Make a well in the center and pour in the milk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.

Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself five or six times. Press into a 1-inch thick round and cut into 1 inch squares.

For the Casserole
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread cut biscuits in the bottom of the greased casserole dish and distribute the country ham evenly on top.

Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the country ham.

Beat the eggs and milk and pour over the biscuits and ham.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until the eggs are set.

What will you be preparing for breakfast this weekend? Not sure? Find more ideas here.