Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Breakfast Casserole is a hearty and delicious dish. You’ll really enjoy this simple breakfast because it is simple and can be made in advance. Total yum!
This is sure to feed a hungry crowd that will feed a hungry crowd for breakfast and that doesn’t require you waking before the sun to get it on the table in time. Great for sleep overs or big family get togethers.
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I grew up by an amazing deli where they made THE BEST bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches. The 2 eggs were cooked perfectly so they we not runny but still a bit jammy in the middle. The strips of bacon were lightly chewy, slightly crunchy. American cheese getting all melty on those eggs and bacon, rounded out that perfect sandwich. All of that was served on a poppy seed kaiser roll. I’m 1,300 miles away now and I’m still always craving their breakfast sandwiches.
Unfortunately, I am so far away, but it means that I now am a bacon egg and cheese pro. We enjoy them on the weekends, when we aren’t running off doing some fun activity. They are simple, but you have to make them just right to make them perfect. (One day I will blog all my tips to make them!)
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Breakfast Casserole
If you have a big family or are hosting people for sleepovers for the holidays, this Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Breakfast Casserole is a great breakfast for everyone to enjoy.
It is tasty and an affordable breakfast that can easily feed a crowd. That is what makes a winning recipe for me!
I am always looking out for a great deal at the grocery store so I always plan to buying things that are on sale and with coupons. Thankfully, it seems that packages of bacon are BOGO quite often. Whenever I can, I stock up because bacon is great in just about everything from breakfast dishes, in BLTs for lunch, and in soups at dinner.
I also snagged the bagels on sale as they were a bit past their prime, which is perfect for a recipe like this! Snag that day old bread for breakfast casseroles and bread puddings.
My kids like to help in the kitchen and this is a great recipe that they can help with. While you do the things like making the bacon, they can be helping out with other things like cracking the eggs, then beat them with the milk. I cut these bagel pieces but they can do a great job just by ripping them.
It really is great once you have kids old enough to help in the kitchen. They can help make things easier for you, which is great, especially before your coffee has kicked in. LOL! Plus, it helps them connect with the foods they eat, more likely being willing to try something new too.
When making this Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Breakfast Casserole, you want to cook it until it is just set in the middle. It will continue to cook a bit as it cools so you don’t want it to be over cooked. This is just like when you are cooking meat or a cake, just have it done and remember there is some carry over cooking.
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Breakfast Casserole is your solution to breakfast any day of the week. It’s wonderful for a lazy brunch at home. Plus, it’s great for busy mornings, when you have meal planned and made one for the week. Then you can just reheat and enjoy any day of the week. Yum!
Can this breakfast casserole be made in advance?
One of the best things about this breakfast casserole is that it can be prepared in advance. Prepare it the night before, cover it with some plastic wrap, store it in the fridge, and it will be good to go the next morning.
Of course, you can make it the morning of as well. It’s great because it takes just about an hour from start to finish.
Is this breakfast casserole affordable?
Yes! Eggs are an affordable way to enjoy breakfast. The rest of the ingredients can be purchased on sale, or in bulk. Bacon basically is a pantry staple, so I insist that you stock up on that whenever you can. Besides that, it is a hearty dish that can feed a hungry crowd. Great for family gatherings or for making
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- 1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
- 16 eggs
- 3 Cups milk
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce, optional
- 3 Cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Over medium heat, cook the bacon until just crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool.
- Halve the bagels and then rough cut into small bite-sized pieces. Arrange on a large baking sheet and broil until lightly toasted. (Stir so you evenly toast the pieces) Let cool.
- Generously spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Beat the eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Add hot sauce, optional.
- Evenly arrange the bagel pieces into the pan, add the eggs and bacon. Stir to evenly combine and press the bagel pieces into the egg mixture, let sit at least 30 minutes to soak up the egg and milk mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Just prior to baking, evenly top with cheese.
- Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown on top and just set in the middle.
Using a kitchen scissor makes cutting the bacon really easy.
This can be prepared in advanced. Follow all the steps, with the exception of baking the casserole. Cover and refrigerate over night. Baking may take another 5 minutes to compensate for the chilled casserole.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 641 Total Fat: 46g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 481mg Sodium: 1725mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 46g