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Easy Breakfast Casserole With Bacon

Easy Breakfast Casserole With Bacon

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Easy Breakfast Casserole With Bacon – Layers of delicious fluffy bread soaked in milk and egg mixture and then baked with bacon & cheese until perfection. A perfect casserole dish for breakfast or brunch!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 7 portions
Calories 541 kcal

INGREDIENTS
  

  • 7 medium-sized eggs
  • ¾ of a whole baguette (gluten free) sliced into 1-2 inch thick pieces (see notes)
  • 10-12 oz bacon diced
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 tablespoon Green onion chopped
  • 1 ¼ cups of milk or heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ⅓ cups of cheddar cheese grated, see notes
  • 2 tablespoon of Parsley or chives/ green onion chopped
  • Butter for greasing the casserole
  • Vegetable oil for cooking

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Prep. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs first, then add milk or heavy cream, salt, and pepper, Italian seasoning. Whisk until all the ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  • Cook. In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until slightly crispy and reserve 2-3 tablespoons for garnish. Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.
  • Transfer the sliced bread, bacon, green onions, and cheese (reserve ½ cup for later) to the egg mixture, mix until bread is fully covered in the mixture, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a casserole dish with butter.
  • Bake. When the bread and egg mixture is soaked and ready, gently transfer to the casserole dish. Top with leftover cheese and bacon. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes until eggs are cooked through (check with a toothpick that there are no raw eggs) and the strata exterior looking crispy and golden brown.
  • After removing from the oven, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, top with sliced green onions, parsley and serve with fresh green salad and a cup of coffee. Yummy!

NOTES

Try my Vegetable Breakfast Frittata recipe here.
Cheese - choose any grated cheese that melts well like Cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella will work too. For extra flavor add crumbled feta, goat, or cotija cheese for garnish when strata are ready.
Bread - baguette, croissants, toasts, buns, or any gluten-free option will work.  Also, any older bread will work too, but make sure to soak at least 3 hours in the egg mixture, for even better results leave it overnight. With fresh bread, you can leave it for 1-2 hours in the egg mixture. Please note that if the baguette or your bread crust is too thick and hard, either cut it off or soak longer until it becomes soft. You want to have a smooth and fluffy center in the Strata.
Milk - low fat or full fat is fine, also for rich and creamy flavor try using heavy cream instead!
For baking - place a tray in the bottom of the oven or under the casserole as it may leak a bit (also depending on your baking dish, ideally 9x13 inch will fit the strata but I’ve also used smaller ones too).

ADD YOUR OWN PRIVATE NOTES

NUTRITION

Calories: 541kcal
Keyword bacon, breakfast casserole, frittata, strata
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