Cheesy Ham and Banana Casserole

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min

9 servings

  • Butter
  • 12 slices white bread
  • 8 large slices deli ham
  • 4 bananas, sliced on the bias
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips
  • 6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 9 by 13 glass baking dish. Butter both sides of the bread and layer 6 of them into the bottom of the baking dish, overlapping them as necessary but keep them even. Layer the slices of ham on top of the bread and then the bananas, 6 more slices of bread, then the cheese, potato chips, and bacon. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Pour this over the casserole almost to the top. Bake for 45 minutes until brown and bubbly. Cut into squares and remove with a spatula, like lasagna.

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    loved it!! took longer to cook than i thought it says, but well worth the wait!!
    I love this casserole! It's different than your run of the mill breakfast casseroles, and the bananas give it a slightly sweet taste.
    LOVED this recipe! I don't eat pork, so substituted the ham with 1 package of deli turkey and turkey bacon. Absolutely delicious! I think if one follows the recipe exactly (using the right size baking pan etc... it comes out correctly. I used only two bananas as they were fairly large, and sliced them thinly. Definitely a repeater meal and loved by all.
    This was a very interesting recipe and tried it out on just my husband................I wanted to test it out first, to make sure I liked it, before I served it to guests. You never know, ever ones tastes buds are different and I didn't want a disaster. Turns out, even my husband liked it and I'll try it out on my family at the next family function. I've read some of the reviews, and it sounds to me that people should think about such different food combinations that they might not like, before trying out a recipe for the first time for guests..........I have no sympathy for people who don't like a recipe they serve to guests, before trying it out, experimenting with it, first. Also, if you don't feel you would like a banana in this recipe, try pinapple, instead.............even Paula, herself, said she couldn't believe how many people put pinapple on pizza.......taste buds are all relative..........
    horrible combination of ingredient
    I would prefer to rate this a zero...but as I can't's a 1...was simply awful. I was a huge fan of the show until we made this. My family wouldn't eat it...dogs wouldn't eat it. What a waste of time and money.
    Eh. I agree, the bananas aren't great. I love sweet and savory, but the cooked bananas fail unless in bananas foster (greyish brown, but remained firm and not mushy as others said- still less than desireable). Due to all of the "soggy" comments, I added an extra egg yolk. Consistency was fine and actual casserole part was good. I would add extra cheese in the layers and on top in final minutes of cooking so it can actually rate the "cheesy" of its title.
    The bread is so soggy that it ruins the rest of the dish. The top part was good with the bacon, cheese, and potato chips. However, the banana and soggy bread ruined the dish. I peeled off the top part for the kids to eat. Major waste of money!
    I have made this Casserole twice. The first time with the bananas did not care for the bananas being so mushy. The second time I made it I did with out the bananas and used crushed pineapple and it was so much better the pineapple complimented the ham and I used deli thin sliced hame instaed of thick ham. It was sooo much better. But I don't think I'll make it again. It was okay but not the rock your socks casserole.
    Worst recipe EVER!!!!!! Made this on a wed. night and my stomach still hurts from this one, (it's now sat.). What a waste of time and money. Soggy with a strange texture and taste. I shudder every-time I think of it.
    I think i know where she was trying to go with this. An all in one breakfast with french toast with bananas, eggs bacon and ham with potatoes. Sounds and smells great but ends up being very soggy and unappealing.
    I have made this casserole for Easter Brunch two years in a row now, and it is delicious. The combination of sweet banana with savory ham is fantastic. I slice my bananas very thin and use about half of what the recipe calls for so they are not overpowering- I like just a touch of sweetness. I also like to use Black Forest Ham sliced very thin.
    The combination of Ham, bananas and eggs is stomach churning, horrible experience.
    I made this recipe because the sweet and salty hooked me. This is the 2nd recipe I have tried from Paula and this is it! It's over. The thought of this Older Southern Lady cooking with her charming Southern Accent just made me happy and giddy. Well, even though I am sure Paula is a wonderful person...This recipe was awful and way too costly to throw out. Take my advice...Take the ham, the potato chips and the bread and just have a sandwich and the banana for dessert. Because the soggy, wet, combination together....Isn't working.
    I wish I would have read the reviews before I cooked this but I didn't. The last time I made some low fat cookies of hers and we threw them all out. I think I will stick with my all because reading peoples reviews before I cook makes me alot less wasteful! Sorry Paula....My husband had a disgusted look on his face too...Guess we will go grab a burger...................
    Made this for my family of 6. Everything tasted good except for the bottom bread. With the pan being coated in butter and both sides of the bread being butter, it was way to much butter. Ham andtopping had the best taste of the whole meal. We will make it again with a couple of changes.
    me and my daughter made it .both of us realy like it.. go paula good recipie.
    This was the most disgusting recipe I have ever made. I was so embarrassed to serve this to guests . They couldn't even swallow it, and with reason. Being a superb cook, I was almost run out of town on a rail. Does anyone ever taste these recipes before they are aired? If this one had been tested before, it would not be on any website! Ugh!
    I made the mistake of trying this recipe while my boyfriends parents came to town for a visit. God love their hearts, they ate the food but I could tell on their faces that it was awful. I tasted it and I have apologized to them over and over for such a horrible dish- not to mention, it's very expensive to make.

    Paula, honey this recipe should be taken off the webpage and never, ever cooked again. It's NASTY!
    Do you have to use potato chips for the topping. Can you use something else?
    I love this casserole it's so good & so easy to make I love the sweet savory combination. I highly reccomend making this casserole. I also highly reccomend that the people who gave this recipe a on or two star rating make this casserole since they've obivouisly never made this casserole before. But I know that when you make it and they make it you will all love it.
    My neice saw this air on the show and called me to make it for her. I couldn't figure out why, but assumed if Paula made it and it looked like a good idea, why not? I wish I had read the reviews first. My instincts were correct....this was a disgusting dish....the bananas give the whole thing a very weird flavor. Sorry, did go bananas with this one!
    Though I love a lot of Paula's recipes and have used many of them time and again, I will not be making this one twice. Simply put, it was just weird. The bananas were a distraction really, and it was just not that good. Sorry, Paula.
    Just watching the show made my arteries close shut. So, I made a bunch of substitutions and it came out mo' better! I used skim milk, egg substitute, non-fat cheese, low-fat turkey bacon, and pineapple (no bananas). I left in the potato chips but cut that amount in half. No substitute for butter...not gonna happen....i already cut out all the other fat. Anyway, it was way mo' better... Mmmmmmmm....
    The sweet/savory flavor and fluffy, crispy texture is reminiscent of a monte cristo sandwich. We are not big ham fans, so we substituted smoked turkey and added a dash of worchestershire sauce.

    This is very filing and delicious!

    It would be great as a brunch entree served with fresh fruit.
    This recipe would be delicious with a few tweaks:

    First, I would omit the bananas. That just adds a strange taste to the casserole.

    Second,, I might use hashbrowns or potatoes in place of the bread. The sogginess (texture) is tough to swallow.

    Third, I would use more egg and less cream/milk.

    Lastly, I tried cooking the casserole at 375 and it came out pretty crispy on top - the best part was the potato chips and eggs.

    I am definitely going to try this recipe again with a few changes and see how it turns out.

    I was so excited to try this recipe but without the bananas (not crazy about the taste) and I did tater tots in its place and it came out fabulous. . . . you also can do shredded potatoe (frozen) and heat it thru first in a pan then layer it. Also try and toast the bread lightly so it doesn't get so soggy I want to try toasted french bread as the bottom layer. . .yummy!! I love changing up dishes to suit my taste buds, so you can too and it will be fun!!
    I saw this show, obviously a re-run and decided to try it. I was concerned about the low reviews until I read one that said someone spend $75 on the ingredients. I don't know how many bunches of bananas you purchased but come on?! Even if you lived in NYC (and you have NO food in your pantry already) a loaf of bread, whole bunch of bananas, stick of butter, cheese, chips, pound of bacon, milk, cream AND a jar of nutmeg can't cost THAT much!!

    That's sort of the beauty of this recipe, that it's mainly staples from the pantry.I chopped the ham up rather than just laying the slices on it so that it would serve better. I used a half-recipe instead of a full recipe. It was fine. I may have used slightly less milk than called for since I saw where some folks said the bottom was soggy (I don't measure).

    This is basically a savory/sweet bread pudding, so I baked mine with that in mind--those do need to bake a long time for the custard to set. I started checking it after 30 minutes since I was baking a smaller portion. It is also important to let it firm up for a few minutes before serving it.

    It was ok, and would make a unique addition to a brunch. I'll probably make it again for a covered dish brunch or something. The savory with the sweet is a nice combination. I am not a huge banana fan, so I skimped slightly on those but the whole layer was covered, just not piled high. You could really serve banana on the side and get the same flavor combo.

    It's important to get sufficient salt/pepper in the custard mixture, but remember that the bacon, cheese and ham are salty, too.
    I couldn't wait to try this as I needed something for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness that I made it first, I would have just died had I served it to my family and friends. It was the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted. The slimmy banana's, hot at that, were awful. What were you thinking. The people who liked it must be out of their minds or have dead taste buds. Guess I'll make a nice quiche instead, was hoping for something different but not disgusting. I agreed with the other lady that said she didn't want to give it one star but no choice there. Marian, Redding, CA
    I love Paula and her recipes, but for me when she added potato chips to top it all I was done . . . my husband told me when we married 25 years ago never to top a casserole with potato chips. It would be grounds for divorce!! Just too many flavors going on in this. Sorry!
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