Apple-Fennel Ham and Egg Casserole

Our Test Kitchen describes this egg casserole as tasty and hearty, but still light. Save the fennel fronds for a photo-worthy garnish.

Apple-Fennel Ham and Egg Casserole in white casserole dish
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
1 hr
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins


  • 6 ounce dry rye bread, cut into small cubes (4 cups)*

  • 1 medium fennel bulb

  • 6 ounce thinly sliced, cooked ham, chopped (1 1/4 cups)

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped (1 1/2 cups)

  • 4 ounce Havarti cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions

  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 cup milk

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Sliced green onions (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish. Spread half of the bread cubes in the dish. If desired, snip some of the green feathery tops from the fennel bulb and reserve for a garnish. Trim, core, and chop fennel bulb; measure 1 cup. Sprinkle fennel evenly over bread in dish. Top with ham, apple, cheese, and 1/2 cup green onions. Top with remaining bread.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and pepper. Drizzle evenly over bread mixture in dish. Press down lightly with the back of a large spoon until all the bread is moistened.

  3. Bake, uncovered, about 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle top with reserved fennel fronds and/or additional sliced green onions.

*To Dry Bread:

Let bread cubes stand at room temperature, uncovered, 6 hours. Or, bake cubes bread in a 300°F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until dry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
11g Fat
19g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 523mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 4.9mg 25%
Calcium 202mg 16%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 435mg 9%
Folate, total 56.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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