Christmas Morning Wifesaver Pattersons

Christmas Morning Wifesaver

My Aunt Kathy who lives in Canada was telling me about a breakfast dish she makes when having a crowd for breakfast on Christmas morning. To be honest, it can be used any time of year. It is the type of dish that can be prepared the day before and then popped into the oven when needed.

I am not sure where the name comes from or if Kathy christened it herself. It is a quirky name and I love it – Christmas Morning Wifesaver!

Aunt Kathy passed on the recipe to my cousin Angela who lived in Canada for many years. Not to be outdone, I took it upon myself on one of my regular visits to Kathy to be given personal instruction on the making of this dish. Since then, I have practised this recipe and it has become my signature breakfast dish!

Recently, it was lovely to have Aunt Kathy over to see the family in Ireland, and what do you think I prepared for her morning breakfast? You guessed it! The Christmas Morning Wifesaver!

Therefore, in writing this blog, it seems only right and just to include a very important family recipe and share this with our extended Patterson’s Butchers community.

So here is the recipe:

16 slices of bread with crusts removed.
bacon – rindless
slices of sharp cheddar cheese
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
60 mls of minced onion
60 mls of green pepper finely chopped ( optional ) I do not use…
1 to 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 cups of whole milk
dash of red pepper (tabasco )
1/4lb. butter
Crushed cornflakes

  1. 1. Put 8 pieces of bread in the bottom of a buttered 9×13 baking pan, add pieces to cover dish.
  2. Cover bread with bacon sliced thin, lay slices of cheese on top and then cover with slices of bread to make a sandwich.
  3. In a bowl beat eggs, salt and pepper add dry mustard, onion and pepper Worcestershire milk and tabasco.
  4. Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in fridge overnight.
  5. In morning, melt 1/4 lb. butter pour over top cover with crushed cornflakes.
  6. Bake uncovered 1 hour at 175 degrees.


Make a pot of coffee, sit back and enjoy!

Diane Patterson