Brunch has become a favourite weekend ritual around here. It’s the perfect time for family and friends to catch up in a more casual way during the day while the sun is still up. We love it because it mustn’t be as fussy as a dinner party. “One and done” recipes have gained more appeal in recent years. Think “one pot” or “one sheet pan” recipes like this ham and cheese croissant bake!

With that in mind, a few of our favourite Canadian chefs and Egg Farmers of Canada, in consultation with Food Banks Canada, hope to inspire Canadians with delicious and easy brunch recipes. Focusing on affordable household ingredients and no-fuss substitutions, the recipes are designed to make entertaining simple yet delicious!

This comforting one-dish recipe by Chef Lynn Crawford will surely be a favourite. Made in minutes, it’s perfect for Easter or any other day. We love that it’s easy enough to personalize with ingredients you may already have at home!

easter brunch recipe ham and cheese croissant bake
Chef Lynn Crawford on Wall of Che

Ham and Cheddar Croissant Bake

By Chef Lynn Crawford
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Serves 6-8


12 mini croissants
6 slices ham, cut in half
8 large eggs
1 cup (250 mL) whole milk
2 tsp (10 mL) Dijon or yellow mustard
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh or dried chives
1 cup (250 mL) shredded cheddar
¼ cup (60 mL) grated parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Spray a 9 x 13-inch (33 x 22.9 cm) baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Slice open and stuff each croissant with a slice of ham then arrange them in one layer in the baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together with the milk, mustard, chives, and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture over the croissants. Gently press down on the croissants allowing them to absorb the egg mixture. Sprinkle the cheddar and parmesan cheeses evenly on top.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, then continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the croissants are golden on top. Serve warm.

Reminder! If you can donate to your local Food Bank, please do so during this Easter holiday season. Here’s a list of local places to donate and how you can make an impact:

*Recipe printed with permission