The one consistent thing about this pregnancy has been my craving for breakfast foods. I’ve gone from not being a breakfast eater at all to purchasing Starbucks breakfast sandwiches at all hours of the day. At any given time a breakfast casserole or quiche can be found in our refrigerator.
Yesterday, around 3:30 I decided I wanted a breakfast casserole and there was no changing my mind. Thankfully, I had just been grocery shopping the day before and I had all these ingredients on hand. I went with a bacon version by default, but now I don’t think I’ll ever look at the sausage version the same.
Here’s one quick things I want to ask before we get started, are you cooking your bacon in the oven?
No? It’s incredibly simple and there requires no clean up. Just line your baking sheets with heavy duty aluminum foil, lay out the bacon (it can be close, but not overlapping), and bake for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees. After you’ve removed the bacon, carefully gather the edges of the foil and fold it up to throw away. Nothing is left behind on the pan and the bacon cooks perfectly.
I think it was at this point (photo above) that I knew this was going to be a great thing.
And indeed, it was…
This recipe calls for croutons instead of bread, which makes the whole casserole more firm (think less soggy than traditional breakfast casserole). I had a bag of my favorite croutons on hand, Rothbury Farms White Cheddar, I could eat those things by themselves, they are delicious.
Here’s the recipe, just in time for a perfect Saturday morning breakfast. I know this is what we’ll be having for breakfast in the morning!
- 1 package bacon (about 12 slices)
- ¼ c butter, melted
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 cups croutons
- 6 eggs
- 1¾ c milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- Cook and crumble bacon, set aside
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Grease a 9X13" dish
- Add croutons to the bottom of dish, pour melted butter over croutons
- Cover with shredded cheese
- In a sperate bowl, mix eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and mustard, pour over cheese
- Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the the top
- Bake for 40 minutes, allow casserole to stand for 10-15 minutes to set up completely.