Sunday, November 15, 2009

HAM & CHEESE BRUNCH SQUARES



1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups (8 ounces) grated Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided
1 package (10 patties) frozen toaster hash brown patties, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
12 eggs
1/2 teaspoon coarsly ground black pepper
8 ounces thickly sliced deli ham
4-5 green onions with tops, divided (1 cup sliced)
3 plum tomatoes
Additional coursely ground black pepper, optional

Preheat oven to 450

Brush large bar pan with vegetable oil

Crumble hash browns over pan; gently press into an even layer

Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over hash browns

Bake 13-15 minutes or until crust starts to brown and cheese is melted

Meanwhile, whisk cream cheese until smooth

Gradually add eggs and black pepper; whisk until smooth

Coarsely chop ham

Slice green onions, reserving 1/4 cup of the tops for garnish

Place ham and green onions into pan and cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes

Stir ham mixture into egg mixture

Remove pan from oven

Pour egg mixture over the crust

Return pan to oven; bake 6-8 minutes or until center is set

Meanwhile, slice tomatoes and remove seeds, then dice

Remove pan from over; top with remaining cheese, tomatoes and reserved onions
Sprinkle with additional black pepper if desired

Cut into squares and serve

*Cooked sausage may be substituted for ham

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