In my older version of this SPAM breakfast casserole, I used day-old bread. When we were planning to redo it to take better photos, my daughter, Alex, suggested using waffles instead. What a great suggestion it turned out to be. The waffles did not turn soggy the way the bread did in the old recipe.
We changed the proportion of ingredients too by using less eggs relative to the amount of solid ingredients. That way, the tops of the SPAM cubes and waffle wedges stayed above the egg-milk mixture. They stayed crisp even after baking.
2-Cheese SPAM and Waffle Breakfast Casserole
- 6 waffles (see notes after the recipe)
- 1 can SPAM any flavor
- cooking oil
- 1 bell pepper cored, deseeded and chopped
- 100 grams cream cheese softened to room temperature
- ½ teaspoon dried garlic or use ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder or 1 teaspoon mustard sauce
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter softened
- 100 grams shredded cheese a salty cheese like mature cheddar is recommended
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Cut the waffles into two-inch pieces.
- Spread the cut waffles on a baking tray and toast at 350F for about ten minutes or until very crispy.
- Cut the SPAM into half-inch cubes.
- Lightly oil a frying pan, heat and spread the SPAM cubes in the hot oil until the undersides are browned and starting to render oil.
- Stir in the chopped bell pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the SPAM cubes are browned on all sides.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the softened cream cheese until smooth, then stir in the garlic and mustard powder.
- Whisk in the eggs.
- Stir in the milk.
- Stir in the toasted waffles and, finally, the browned SPAM cubes and bell pepper.
- Smear the bottom and sides of a baking dish with butter (see notes after the recipe).
- Pour the SPAM and waffle mixture into the baking dish and smoothen the top as much as you can without breaking the waffle pieces.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
- Bake your two-cheese SPAM and waffle breakfast casserole at 375F (350F if using a dark colored pan) for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
- Cut into wedges and serve.