Strada

Brunch is a lost art. Admit it - when was the last time you invited anyone over for Brunch? Well, here's a great reason to revive the custom. This makes a LOT. You can halve the recipe, but why be stingy? Make enough to share and invite some friends over.

You will need:

10 eggs (No, I don't know why it's not an even dozen. I guess so you have two left over for next week when you get a sudden craving for an omlette)
Some milk. Think cupful.
1 tsp dry mustard. Not the yellow stuff you spread on a sandwich, the powder stuff you buy in the spice aisle.
1 tsp onion salt
Loaf of white bread
Ham, diced. About a pound should do it.
Cheese, grated. The more the merrier.
Corn flakes. Plain. No frosting.
Stick of butter
A big bowl
9x12 baking dish

Spray the baking dish with cooking spray. Or grease it. Whatever floats your boat. I don't care. But you better do
something, or you'll never get this stuff out of the dish and your guests will have to gather around it with forks eating out of it like some tribal communal fondue gone solid. But I digress.

Trim the crusts from enough bread to line the bottom of the baking dish. It should be about eight slices. You might have to trim some slices down to fill the in-between bits. This is perfectly acceptable. No one will see it anyway.

Layer the ham over the bread. Layer the cheese over the ham.

In the big bowl, beat together the eggs, mustard, onion salt, and milk. A whisk works well. So does an electric mixer if you don't care about using excess electricity needlessly. While you're at it, why not go shoot a spotted owl?

Pour the eggs over the bread, ham, and cheese.

In a different big bowl (or the same one if you wash it first) crush the corn flakes. Mix with the butter. Did I mention you need to soften the butter? Spread on top of the baking dish to form a lovely crust.

Cover the pan and place in the fridge overnight. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I didn't warn you that you had to make this the night before. If your guests are already on their way, better go get some donuts.

In the morning, take the baking dish out of the fridge, take the cover off, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Your guests will be awestruck. Don't expect leftovers.

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