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Ham & Cheese Breakfast Strudels

These get the morning off to a cheery start! Sometimes I assemble the strudels ahead and freeze them individually, then bake them as needed. —Jo Groth, Plainfield, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 pound ground fully cooked ham (about 3/4 cup)
  • 6 sheets phyllo dough (14x9-inch size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheeses and salt.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add eggs to pan; cook and stir until almost set. Stir in ham and the cheese sauce; heat through. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Brush with melted butter; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons bread crumbs. Fold phyllo in half lengthwise; brush again with butter. Spoon 1/2 cup filling onto phyllo about 2 in. from a short side. Fold side and edges over filling and roll up. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo, butter, bread crumbs and filling.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon cheese and 1 teaspoon parsley. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
    Freeze option: After topping strudels with cheese and parsley, freeze unbaked on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer to a freezer container; return to freezer. To use, bake strudels as directed, increasing time to 30-35 minutes or until heated through and golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 strudel: 439 calories, 33g fat (18g saturated fat), 255mg cholesterol, 754mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.
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  • Linda
    Oct 29, 2020

    Can this recipe be put together the night before and cooked in the morning?

  • cindiak
    May 13, 2020

    I made these last weekend and they were delicious. I did add some sauteed chopped asparagus just because I love it so much.

  • Ceege
    May 10, 2020

    I would love to try these for my next brunch. Could someone please clarify the "folding" instructions. If you "fold" side and edges over the filling, then what's left to roll. The recipe sounds delicious and light and flaky using phyllo. Thank you to anyone who can help.

  • Julie Murphy
    Apr 24, 2016

    I made this for a brunch for guests and it was delicious! I can see why it was a contest winner. We are vegetarian so I omitted the ham and added an extra egg. Everyone loved it.

  • mrsh318
    Feb 5, 2014

    Home from work on a snow day and wanted a special breakfast. Saw this and used what I had in the house. Used cheddar cheese instead of Swiss. My husband and I enjoyed a nice relaxing breakfast. Very light and delicious. I would make this again for a special brunch for guests. Loved the cheddar cheese in it.

  • qtpie_in
    Dec 15, 2012

    No comment left

  • marcoates
    Dec 27, 2010

    I also have the same question as pkinneberg -- If you freeze them, do you bake them frozen or thaw in the refrigerator first?

  • pkinneberg
    Sep 16, 2010

    Great recipe! They are beautiful to serve on a special occasion...great presentation. I have one question for those who freeze you bake them frozen or thaw them first?

  • Sherri12
    May 16, 2010

    We really enjoyed these. As a rare treat they are fine. Healthy eating doesn't mean "never".. it means in moderation. They're good, they freeze well... a keeper in my collection.

  • g4rammy
    Apr 21, 2010

    I haven't made them yet. But, I will. For those of you that think they are bad for you realize that they don't have to be an everyday thing. They can be a special treat for a special time.