Ham & Cheese “Souffle”…It’s What’s for Brinner

I had the pleasure of being invited to host an Eggland’s Best “Brinner” the other night. I’m certain that you’ve heard of Eggland’s Best Eggs but you may be asking yourself “what in the world is a “Brinner”?  A Brinner is breakfast for dinner…brinner. Get it? Clever isn’t it? Wish I could take credit for the clever term however, I cannot.

I mean who doesn’t just love breakfast for dinner?

My nephew Fritz sure does…

If that doesn’t say happy camper than I don’t know what does.

I decided that the perfect scene for our Brinner would be our dining room.

The evening began with family and friends gathering around the table to enjoy each other and a delicious meal.

Henry couldn’t wait to dig in.

There were cousins full of fun and mischief,

followed by tender moments,

that turned into,

tickle fingers,

and uncontrollable giggles and grins.

There were precious moments.

Followed by million dollar smiles,

and delightful conversation,

while dining on fabulous food.

It was a night to remember.

Even Oakley wanted to join in on the fun.

Unfortunately, he was told that Brinner is for humans.

So he curled up at our feet in defeat instead.

I decided to make a cheese and ham “souffle” that my mother in law has made for years. It. Is. To. Die. For. Heavy on the calories mind you, but the perfect hearty dish to serve for a Brinner. We’ve also had much debate on whether or not this delish dish is actually a souffle or not. But for the sake of many years or it being referred to as such, I have chosen to keep the name.

The star of the dish is of course our Eggland’s Best Eggs.

We just love eggs at our house. They are delicious, nutritious and pocketbook friendly. What’s not to love?

Here’s how I make this delectable dish.

The recipe begins with the crust.

Melt *ahem* 1 1/4 sticks of butter (I told you it wasn’t calorie friendly) and pour it into a casserole dish.

Next add 4 ounces of Feta (because everything is betta with feta) and a half cup of Parmesan cheese and mix with a fork.

Once incorporated add 8 Tablespoons of flour one Tablespoon at a time.

Pat the crust with a fork until even, cover the dish and let it sit on the counter for an hour. I do realize that this sounds like a strange request, but my mother in law said to do it, so I did and it turned out to be incredible. So now I’m telling you to do it too.

Trust me.

After an hour cut some honey baked ham into rectangles.

Cover the entire crust with one layer of the ham. Then place Swiss cheese in a single layer on top of the ham.

I know. Decadent, right? But so worth it my friends. So worth it.

Now it’s finally time for the eggs. Crack 7 Eggland’s Best Eggs into a bowl (make sure that there isn’t any shell left behind)

beat the eggs until they are mixed together.

Continue beating as you pour in heavy cream…

this is a rich, creamy heavenly dish y’all. And no I’m not from the south but it just seemed appropriate to say y’all.

Place into a pre-heated 350º oven for 45 minutes until golden brown on top and a fork comes out clean.

It’s heaven in a dish.

I served mine with a mescaline mix salad and rolls. Really, this dish doesn’t need much as a side, a fruit salad would pair nicely as well.

And there you have it!


I highly recommend it. You should try it. You’ll love it.


Disclamer: I was not compensated to do this post. Eggland’s Best sent me a Brinner Box and paid for the groceries that were enjoyed for the brinner.  And as always, my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

We have a WINNER!

A big thanks to all who joined in the fun and to the nice folks at Eggland’s Best Eggs!

Congratulations to Star who said…

Yum!! Looks delicious! And such a handsome family too!!! I might do a brinner at my house, I feel inspired! I think I’d make creme brulee french toast…it’s been on my list for a while.

Star I will be contacting you with details!

Happy Brinner!

A Giveaway! ****Closed*****

The nice folks at Eggland’s Best sent me this fun “Brinner Box” to help me out while participating in this fun event and they are also offering one as a giveaway for one lucky reader.

The Brinner Box will include:
* 2 Free EB Dozen coupons (Any variety- classic, cage-free, or organic)
* 1 Free EB Hard Cooked and Peeled variety coupon
* 4 EB ramekins
*  1 EB apron
* 1 EB whisk
* 1 EB spatula
* 1 EB egg timer
* 1 EB eco bag
* 1 EB plush egg

Just leave me a comment below telling me what YOU would serve at Brinner and you are entered to win.

Giveaway starts today Tuesday June 21, 20011 and will end Friday June 24, 2011 at noon. One person will be randomly selected and will be announced sometime Friday.

Here’s the recipe:

Ham & Cheese Souffle

Adapted from my mother in law

(serves 8-10)

Here’s what you’ll need for the crust:

1 1/4 sticks salted butter (melted)
4 ounces feta (crumbled)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
8 Tablespoons flour

How to make the crust:

Melt the butter and pour into casserole dish. Add feta and Parmesan mix with a fork until incorporated. Add flour one tablespoon at a time mixing between each addition. Pat mixture flat with fork. Cover and set aside on counter for one hour.

Here’s what you’ll need for the souffle:

7 eggs
6 ounces of thinly sliced honey baked ham (cut into rectangles)
4 ounces of sliced Swiss cheese
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Place ham rectangles in one layer on top of crust. Then layer Swiss cheese on top of ham. Beat eggs until incorporated in a bowl. Slowly pour heavy whipping cream into eggs while continually whipping the mixture.  Pour egg and cream mixture over top of crust, ham and Swiss cheese. Bake at 350º uncovered for 45 minutes until golden brown and a fork comes out clean.

Serve and enjoy your Brinner!



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  1. We always have pancakes for brinner……. my husband tends to make it more when I’m on trips since I’m not a breakfast fan. 🙂

  2. Thanks for letting us gather round your Brinner table with you! Your souffle looks so light and fluffy and delicious! Great photographs of your gathering…don’t you just love the sound of children’s laughter and giggles!

  3. I just adore the photos of your family! 🙂 Brinner is always my favorite meal and your MIL’s recipe looks nummy, I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Wow, that does sound heavenly. Thanks for the recipe and such great pictures! I think for Brinner I would make homemade crepes with a buffet of yummy fillings–from fruit/desert fillings (yes, even with ice cream) and syrup) to scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, hashbrowns, etc. I’m sure everyone could find some yummy concoction. So many amazing things to make with eggs–it must be the most versatile food.

  5. Wow – that looks absolutely divine!

    For brinner…I would serve breakfast skillets, or in this case brinner skillets, with eggs, hash browns, peppers, some kind of meat (chorizo or bacon), cheese and peppers. We would probably have fresh fruit on the side, as well as some baked goody.

  6. Cream cheese omelettes & cinnamon french toast is my go-to meal for brinner. My husband doesn’t think brinner counts as a meal so whenever it’s just me & the children it’s what’s cooking.

  7. Wow…what a lot of fun. I never thought of calling it brinner either. We would have waffles, with eggs and maybe bacon. On Christmas day we do a family brunch at my uncle’s house and we usually have a version of this casserole but I am going to try your recipe, it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  8. LOVE the brinner idea! I would feed my three wolves(well actually they are little boys but once I serve BRINNER they are sure to wolf it up. . . ) BRINNER(a.k.a. breakfast) BURRITOS! One of our favorites: scrambled eggs with spicy salsa, bacon or black beans(for the 7 y.o.vegetarian) cheese and sour cream plus lots of fresh cilantro and peppers from the garden, all rolled up in a whole weat tortilla. I’d play some Texas-inspired music in the background, maybe Lyle Lovett. . .and bring a little Lone Star into the NYC suburbs!

  9. Yum!! Looks delicious! And such a handsome family too!!! I might do a brinner at my house, I feel inspired! I think I’d make creme brulee french toast…it’s been on my list for a while now!

  10. My favorite brinner is a toasted bagel or English muffin, with a filling of scrambled eggs, cheese (whatever kind I have – swiss, colby, cheddar, mozzarella, it’s all delicious), and small bits of ham. For drinks, cranberry/apple juice, and coffee. I have to admit though, that your quiche looks amazing, and I just might be making that for my next brinner.

  11. My kids love brinner! We usually have a breakfast casserole or scrambled eggs with biscuits. Your souffle looks delicious and I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks!

  12. My family’s brinner would be an “Egg Bake” with lots of thick bacon, sausage, diced honey ham, onion, diced tomato, and cheeses. I would serve it with a Hilde Sourdough Pull-Apart Cheese bread. These are family favorites.

  13. Cute blog & great recipes! I look forward to reading more about you.Brinner at our house is called ” Backwards Day!” My go to Brinner is Egg, Potato & Chorizo tacos served w/ Queso Fresco crumbled cheese & avocados & hot sauce! My boys & hubby love it!

  14. Brinner at my house would be a yummy gooey fat bread french toast with lots of fresh berries and cinnamon.

  15. My Brinner would be…Scrambled eggs with sharp cheddar cheese…some crispy bacon with brown sugar melted on top…pour some of the bacon drippings back on the eggs…buttermilk buiscuts! yummy! Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!

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