It is getting so close! Christmas is almost here! I’m so excited. My Christmas is actually going to be on the 22nd because I’m travelling with my husband to spend Christmas with his family. I’m very excited to experience what he did growing up. But this recipe is about how I grew up. Every Christmas Eve my mom would put together this recipe, and go to bed late after last minute wrapping and sneaking the presents downstairs when my sister and I were supposed to be asleep. In the morning she would put this delicious breakfast in the oven, and sit back and enjoy Christmas morning with us without having to worry about breakfast which is why it is called a “Wife Saver”. We all gathered in our jingle jammies and took turns opening gifts as the smell of this breakfast wafted through the main floor of our townhome. My mom would serve this Christmas Wife Saver with orange julius, fruit salad and cinnamon buns. I made this recipe during finals week because its more crazy than christmas, and so this recipe could easily be called the Finals Week Wife Saver. This was a classic recipe in our home growing up. It is the perfect addition to your holiday brunch or breakfast table!
- 16 slices of white bread
- 6 eggs
- slices of bacon/ham
- slices of cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard (I didn’t have any so used a small squeeze of dijon)
- 1/4 cup minced onion (I used green onion)
- 1/4 cup chopped pepper
- 1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- cereal (I used holiday Rice Krispies)
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 TSP onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- The night before: grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- Line the bottom of your baking dish with 8 pieces of white bread. I cut the crust off of mine, and I had to cut some pieces of bread in half to fit my dish.
- Cover the layer of bread with ham/bacon and cheddar cheese, and top with the remaining pieces of bread.
- In a bowl beat together the eggs, seasonings, onion, pepper, Worcestershire and milk. Pour over the bread in the baking dish. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning: Preheat your oven to 350
- Melt the butter and pour over the top of the wife saver and then sprinkle the cereal on top of the wife saver.
- Bake uncovered for 1 hour, and while it is baking enjoy time with your family.
- When you take it out of the oven let it stand for 10 minutes.
- Serve and Enjoy!