The combination of ham and kale is traditional for a reason: it's so unbelievably good. But this satisfying casserole is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings, depending on what you have on hand: Try cooked sausage with frozen spinach or Andouille with frozen mustard greens.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Special equipment: a 2-quart oval baking dish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart oval baking dish.

For the creamed corn: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cream, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces in volume and bubbles rapidly, about 15 minutes. Transfer 2 cups of the corn mixture to a food processor, puree until smooth, then stir it back into the skillet. Fold in the ham and kale. Transfer the creamed corn to the prepared baking dish; set aside. Clean the food processor bowl.

For the cornbread topping: Pulse the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor to combine. Add the butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the cream and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar, and pulse until the batter just comes together.

To assemble: Sprinkle the cornmeal batter over the creamed corn. (Don't worry if the corn isn't completely covered; the batter will puff and spread as it bakes.) Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar. Place the casserole on a baking sheet, and bake until the corn is bubbling and the crust is puffed and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Serve with hot sauce.

food-warnings:hot-liquids-warning

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Garlic Shrimp Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Breakfast Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Donna Dismore

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Cornbread-Chili Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Creamed Corn Cornbread

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Breakfast Biscuits

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Mexican Rice Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Sausage and Leek Casserole

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Plaster Chocolate Cake 05:58

This cake is so rich and creamy that Raiza Costa wants to plaster the world with it.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          Get Cooking