Farmhouse Ham and Cheese Bake

serves 4

Cooking Time: 30 min

8 slices hearty white bread
1/2 pound sliced deli ham
2 cups shredded extra sharp white Cheddar cheese, divided
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Place 4 slices of bread in prepared baking dish. Evenly layer ham over bread. Sprinkle 1-1/2 cups cheese over ham and top with remaining bread. Spread butter over top of bread.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together milk, eggs, mustard, chives, salt, and pepper. Evenly pour egg mixture over bread and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let sit 15 minutes.

4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until egg custard is set and bread is golden.

Be sure to try another British-style favorite: Olympic Pub Steak Sandwiches!