Brie Pull Apart Bread is an easy, make ahead casserole recipe, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a party appetizer. Salty ham and cheese, baked into warm, bite sized pieces of bread. It’s delicious, and so simple to make with frozen bread dough!
Looking for an easy breakfast that will please a crowd? This ham and brie casserole is perfect! It can be made ahead of time, so it’s great for busy mornings.
Plus, it’s loaded with delicious flavor. The ham and cheese pull apart bread is the star of this dish, and everyone will love it. So why wait? This dish is sure to become a breakfast favorite!
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Ham and Brie Pull Apart Bread
Everyone needs an easy, go-to brunch dish. One that you can put in the fridge overnight. Then pop it into the oven in the morning.
This casserole is full of cheesy chunks of brie, savory ham, and bite-sized pieces of rolls. It is perfect for spring and summer dinners, breakfast or brunch, and even lunch.
Well, the best ham and cheese breakfast casserole with bread is here and you’ll love it! Let me introduce the Ham & Brie Pull-Apart made from frozen bread dough.
This recipe is perfect for those mornings when you want to impress but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So easy yet so delicious, this dish is bound to become a breakfast favorite.
What is Pull-Apart Bread?
This pull apart recipe is similar to a breakfast strata, which is a baked bread casserole with eggs, cheese, and usually, some sort of meat.
The difference is, our pull apart bread doesn’t include eggs. Instead, we use bite sized pieces of ham and brie that are baked into the bread.
Ingredient Notes + Substitutions
- Bridgford Parker House Style Rolls – This is my favorite frozen bread dough!
- Ham – Deli ham is great, or use some leftover holiday ham!
- Brie – ham and brie pair SO well together! The saltiness of the ham goes well with cheddar or provolone, too. Cranberries are another great companion to brie. You can taste it for yourself, in these brie cranberry bites.
Recipe Tips for This Make Ahead Brunch
What makes the ham and cheese pull apart bread super easy is that it is made with frozen dough and you can make it the night before.
Prepare the frozen rolls. After dinner, pull your Bridgford Parkerhouse frozen rolls out of the freezer and let them thaw on the countertop for 1-2 hours.
Cut rolls into 4 pieces, and ham and brie cheese into dice-sized cubes.
Assemble. Spray the casserole dish with cooking spray. Put 2/3 of the dough pieces on the bottom in a single layer.
Spread ham cubes on top. Then the slices of brie cubes. Place the last of the dough cubes around the top.
Put herbs. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs, I like using dried dill or fresh thyme. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
Bake the casserole. Preheat oven to 325º F while rising. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes covered.
Remove the foil carefully and bake for another 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is golden brown. Top with scallions and serve warm.
To make ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, pull out the baking dish, and let it come to room temperature. Then bake as directed above.
- Use bacon and cheddar for a different flavor, or sausage and gruyere.
- Top with chopped herbs or green onion for color.
- Add some chopped vegetables to the casserole for a healthier option.
- Use a different type of bread, such as sourdough dinner rolls or French bread.
- Spread a layer of Dijon mustard on the bread for a little bit of tang.
How to Serve Savory Monkey Bread
Serve slices of the monkey bread garnished with fresh herbs. It is delicious on its own, but you could also serve it with a side of fresh fruit salad. It is also best served with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Yes, you will need to let them thaw for 1-2 hours before cutting them. Otherwise, they will be too frozen to cut into pieces.
It does. not need to be refrigerated overnight. As long as you let the frozen bread dough rolls thaw, you can prepare the ham and cheese breakfast casserole and bake it right away.
Ham and Brie Pull Apart Bread
- 13 x 9-inch casserole dish
- non-stick cooking spray
- 1 25 ounces package Bridgford parker house rolls thawed, but cold
- 1 pound ham precooked, cut into dice-sized cubes
- 1 pound brie cut into dice-sized cubes (garlic and herb adds flavor)
- ¼ cup minced scallions green parts only
- Follow package directions for thawing. While rolls are still cold, cut each into 4 pieces. Sharp kitchen shears work best for cutting the dough.
- Spray a 13" x 9" casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Lay 2/3rds of the dough pieces in a single layer in the bottom of dish. Arrange ham and brie cubes evenly over the bread. Place the last of the dough cubes around the top.
- Sprinkle top of casserole with your favorite fresh or dried herbs, I like using dried dill or fresh thyme. If making casserole ahead, skip to step 4. Cover dish loosely with plastic wrap and let dough rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325º F while rising.
- To make ahead: Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove casserole from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 325º F.
- After dough rises (or has come to room temperature, if refrigerated overnight), cover the ham and brie casserole with foil and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, carefully remove foil and bake another 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is golden. Top with scallions and serve warm.
This post, first published Dec. 2019, was updated with new content in Dec. 2020.