Brunch in the Commonwealth Casserole

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Brunch in the Commonwealth Casserole
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
8 servings
Recipe by: Lauren K. from Virginia, America's Best Recipe Contest

Virginia is known for so many delicious foods, and this casserole celebrates many of them: Smithfield smoked ham, Granny Smith apples, and Virginia blackberry wine.


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1 loaf challah bread or brioche, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces Smithfield smoked ham
  • 6 ounces mild Brie cheese, thinly sliced
  • 7 Eggland's Best Eggs (large), beaten
  • 2 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar
  • 1 cup blackberry wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 ounces blackberries


Serving Size
24 g
  Saturated Fat
13 g
225 mg
668 mg
37 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
17 g

Casserole –

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. 

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute 2 tablespoons of the butter and apples together until softened slightly. 

Add brown sugar, ginger, cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. 

Saute for 1-3 minutes until sugar caramelizes and coats apples. Let cool. 

Layer 1/2 bread slices into an even layer on bottom of prepared pan. 

Cover evenly with ham, sliced Brie, and cover with apple mixture. Top apples evenly with remaining bread slices, completely covering the filling.

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, half and half, granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. 

Whisk well and pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (and up to overnight). 

Sprinkle top with turbinado sugar and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes. 

Slice into squares and serve warm with honey-blackberry sauce (recipe follows). Serves 6-8. 

Sauce –

In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, reduce blackberry wine with honey until half its volume. 

Add half the fresh blackberries and continue to simmer until fruit gets very soft. 

Crush blackberries with back of a spoon. Simmer until thick. Remove from heat and add remaining whole berries.

Serve warm over French toast.

Filed Under: Breakfast and Brunch, Vegetarian

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