Bacon Breakfast Bake

by Olivia

If you’re looking for a delicious and hearty breakfast dish that’s perfect for a crowd, this Bacon Breakfast Bake is just the ticket. With layers of bread, crispy bacon, and a flavorful egg mixture, this dish is sure to become a favorite. Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Hearty and Filling: Packed with bacon, cheese, and eggs, this breakfast bake is a satisfying start to your day.
  • Make-Ahead: Prepare the night before and bake in the morning for an easy breakfast.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Perfect for feeding a hungry crowd at brunch or breakfast.
  • Versatile: Customize with your favorite bread and add-ins like veggies or different cheeses.
  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 6-8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (plus overnight refrigeration)

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bread, your choice
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 7 slices bacon
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Cook the Bacon:
    • Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Sandwiches:
    • Butter the bread slices. Arrange the buttered bread on a work surface. Top half of the slices with bacon, half of the green onions, and half of the shredded cheddar cheese. Top with the remaining bread slices to make sandwiches.
    • Cut the sandwiches in half and arrange them in a casserole dish. Top with sliced tomato.
  3. Make the Egg Mixture:
    • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and milk. Pour the mixture evenly over the sandwiches in the casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate for 6-24 hours.
  4. Bake the Casserole:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Sprinkle the casserole with the remaining cheese and green onions. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the center is set.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove from the oven and let the casserole set for 10 minutes. Cut into serving pieces and serve warm.

Variations:

  • Veggie Lover’s: Add sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach to the sandwiches for extra veggies.
  • Different Cheese: Try using Swiss, mozzarella, or pepper jack cheese for a different flavor.
  • Spicy Kick: Add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to the egg mixture.

Equipment:

  • Skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Casserole dish
  • Spatula

Storage:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

This bacon breakfast bake pairs wonderfully with a fresh fruit salad or a side of hash browns. It’s also great with a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee.

Tips:

  • Crispy Bacon: Cook the bacon until it’s nice and crispy for the best texture.
  • Overnight Soak: Let the casserole sit in the refrigerator overnight to allow the bread to soak up the egg mixture.
  • Check Doneness: Make sure the center of the casserole is fully set before removing it from the oven.

FAQ

Q: Can I use a different type of bread?

A: Yes, any bread will work, such as whole wheat, sourdough, or a sturdy white bread.

Q: Can I make this casserole without bacon?

A: Yes, you can omit the bacon or substitute it with cooked sausage or a meat-free alternative.

Q: How do I know when the casserole is done?

A: The casserole is done when the center is set and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Approximate Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 350 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 16g
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