Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Oscar Mayer Bacon.  All opinions are 100% mine.

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!I’ve always loved breakfast food.  I wake up in the morning excited about breakfast, and that excitement pretty much stays around all day…so much so that I sometimes cook breakfast for dinner, too.  Growing up, my mom would always make big breakfasts for us on holidays.  Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter.  I could always count on waking up to the smell of homemade biscuits in the oven and bacon sizzling on the stove.  (To this day, a bacon + egg biscuit is one of my favorite holiday traditions.  Just ask Laura.  I still make ’em every year on the big holidays!)

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!As delicious as bacon sounds sizzling in a skillet (and that sound makes my mouth water!), I’ve actually started cooking bacon a different way.  I like cooking bacon in the oven now.  I know, I know.  It almost feels like blasphemy to not cook bacon in a skillet, but hear me out.  Cooking (baking?) bacon in the oven is really easy.  And the cleanup is a cinch, too.  Just line a baking sheet with foil, add bacon and bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes.  No need to turn the bacon, either!  And for extra crispy bacon, just place a metal slotted tray on top of the baking pan.  *boom* Perfect bacon.  Every time.

For this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole, I used Oscar Mayer’s Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon.  Not only is their bacon hand-trimmed, but it’s naturally naturally slow smoked with hardwoods for added flavor.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love smoked flavors.  So it’s a no-brainer for me to pick up hardwood smoked bacon when I’m standing in the bacon section at the grocery store.

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!

Oscar Mayer makes several different varieties of bacon, and truthfully I had a hard time deciding which to use for this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole.  They all sounded so good.  I went with the Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon for this recipe, and it worked out well!

When my sister and I were young, we’d often head up to my grandparents’ house in upstate South Carolina for Spring Break every year.  It was only a short 4-hour drive from Charleston, although I still made sure to pack enough car activities to keep me entertained for days.  One of my favorite activities?  Getting out a big map of South Carolina and actually following our path with my finger as we drove north.  I’d anticipate the turns and how long til the next exit.  I was a weird kid.

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!Fast forward to mornings at Grandma’s house.  My grandparents had a huge backyard complete with a barn, a chicken coop, a pool and tons of magnolia trees that were perfect for climbing.  To prepare for a day of exploring, we always started with a delicious breakfast!  One of my favorites was Grandma’s hash brown casserole.  This casserole was filled with chopped potatoes, eggs and bacon…and it was delicious!  I’m surprised I don’t have a photo somewhere of 8-year-old me chowing down on a slice of that casserole.

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!I decided to recreate Grandma’s casserole…with a few twists.  And that’s where this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole comes in!  It’s packed with a bunch of breakfast favorites, and it’s a cinch to make!  To save time, I used frozen hash browns instead of diced potatoes.  And as I mentioned above, the bacon got cooked in the oven.  So while the bacon was cooking, I mixed up everything else in a large bowl.  And instead of cooking this one in a traditional casserole pan, I used a springform pan to turn this into a breakfast pie.  A deep-dish breakfast pie.  Filled with eggs, hash browns, onions, peppers…and Oscar Mayer Bacon!  Can’t forget the bacon!  (Although, to be fair, this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is one slice short of a pound of bacon.  Can you imagine what happened to that missing slice?)

One quick baking note: this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole takes a bit of time to bake, but the prep work is quick and easy!  I suggest mixing it up the day before and refrigerating it overnight.  Then just pour it into the pan the next morning when you wake up and let it bake while you’re off planning your backyard adventures for the day.  The timing should work out well!  You could also just bake this one in a traditional casserole dish and reduce the baking time…although I kinda like the way the pie slices look here, don’t you?

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!So as we head into Spring, grab a couple packs of Oscar Mayer’s Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon at the store.  You’ll only need one pack for this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole, but you can’t ever have too much bacon!  Cheers, friends!

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 548kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 batch pie dough homemade or store-bought
  • 1 pound Oscar Mayer bacon I used Oscar Mayer’s Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and diced
  • ½ cup green onions chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 16-oz. package frozen hash browns

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spray bottom and sides of a 9”x3” springform pan with cooking spray.
  • Roll pie dough out into a 14” circle. Press dough into bottom and sides of prepared pan; set pan aside.
  • Line 2 jellyroll baking pans with foil. Lay bacon in a single layer on pans and then bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, or until fully cooked. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate; pat dry. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  • Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients (onion, bell pepper, tomato, green onions, cheeses and hash browns) along with half of the crumbled bacon; stir until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared springform pan. Sprinkle remaining half of crumbled bacon on top.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 60-70 more minutes, or until eggs have set. The top will turn a wonderful dark golden brown as it bakes, but if the casserole appears to be browning too fast, just cover it with foil. (Tip: To check doneness, insert a table knife or skewer into center of casserole. If it comes out clean, then the eggs are fully cooked.)
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Before releasing springform pan, run a table knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen crust.

Notes

This casserole takes a bit of time to bake as it is rather deep. I recommend making the filling the day before and then pouring it into the pan and baking it as soon as you wake up. Alternatively, to shorten the baking time, simply bake this in a standard 9"x13" casserole dish instead.

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is perfect for weekend brunch!

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36 Comments

  1. You were a funny little kid 😉 But, so was (am) I, lol. Anywho, I love breakfast food too and I can actually eat for any meal, especially this ginormous casserole! There’s a whole lotta yum goin’ on here, my friend! P.S. Can’t beat cooking bacon in the oven – so easy and less mess, which I’m all about! Hope you have an awesome week, David 🙂

    1. You know, I didn’t think I was a funny kid at the time (and I’m sure my parents would agree!), but looking back I had some pretty unique quirks. Hah! And I’m right there with ya about breakfast food, too. Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite meals! Laura doesn’t love the breakfast for dinner thing as much as me, though, so I usually save that for when she’s out of town for work. Hope your week is off to a great start, too, Dawn! 🙂

  2. Breakfast is my favorite! I’d gladly eat it for three meals a day. But maps on a road trip? No. I’ve never liked reading maps! All those lines confuse me. For me, road trips growing up were an excuse to read a big stack of Nancy Drew books. Love your tip about cooking bacon. Anything to make cleanup easier!

    1. Me, too! Breakfast food is so good. I could literally eat breakfast 3x a day and be quite happy about it. 🙂 But maps. Seriously? I think we finally found somewhere that we differ! I loved the concept of being able to find exactly where we were on the map…and then using that to figure out how much longer until we got to Grandma’s! But we’re back on course with Nancy Drew. Hardy Boys for me, but same concept. Thanks, Kelsie!!

  3. This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Question: could I substitute left-over cooked hash browns? I frequently make them from actual potatoes and often have left-overs. Love your recipes!

    1. Hey Joan! You could absolutely, 100% use leftover hash browns. We occasionally make hash browns on the weekends here, too…so good! So, yes, just stash ~3-4 cups of hash browns aside next time you make ’em. (Or you could just put those leftover hash browns in the freezer so that you have them on hand for this recipe, too.) I appreciate your comment, my friend! 🙂 Hope your week is going well so far!

  4. David – this looks amazing! I’m always looking for something savory and interesting for brunches, and this fits the bill perfectly! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m right there with ya, Laura! My mind always goes to sweets when it comes time for brunch (mmm…blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls!), but savory needs a place at the table, too. This recipe is really tasty, too! Thanks so much, my friend!

  5. This is an impressive dish!! I’m all over the thick cut bacon and I too always bake it. It comes out so perfectly browned and crisp.

    1. Yes! I didn’t realize so many folks baked their bacon. It’s such an easy way to cook bacon…and it’s low maintenance, so I can be working on other things while that bacon is in the oven. Yum…bacon! Thanks so much, Shelby!!

  6. Memories of the times spent with our grandparents are the best: so full of free spirit, aren’t they ? So is the food ! Love the crust, bacon ….. everything ! Thank you !

    1. Oh, those memories of times spent with grandparents really are hard to beat. I’d give anything to go back and relive a day or two running around their yard in the summer. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words, my friend! Cheers!

  7. Grandma’s breakfast casserole looks amazing! I love how tall it is. It would satisfy even the hungriest of eaters. There’s nothing better than bacon….and I just happen to have a bunch on hand! 🙂 I think I need to try your oven method for cooking the bacon and then this casserole!

    1. I agree, Kathy! The height of this casserole makes it really fun to serve. (It also means it takes a while to bake, but that’s ok since you can just mix up the ‘batter’ the day before.) Grandma knew how to cook…that’s for sure! And, yes, you do just happen to have some bacon on hand. Hahaha! 🙂 Definitely try cooking that bacon in the oven next time…it’s a pretty cool trick. Just put the bacon on a wire rack (over a sheet pan) to get it nice and crispy. Mmmm…crispy bacon!

  8. Yes! Breakfast is my most favourite meal of the day. Although we’re up and out of the house early during the week for work, so it’s mostly just porridge on a weekday, I always make sure that at the weekend we have something different and a bit more substantial like Burritos or a Frittata. This bacon and egg breakfast casserole is right up that street too. Oh and nothing wrong with tracing your finger along your path on a map BTW, I’d still do that if Lynne was able to drive. Ha ha ha!

    1. I agree that weekday mornings are a bit of routine so that we can get to work on time…but weekends? That’s a different story! We whipped up this casserole recently, and it was incredible. And it was especially fun for me as it carries good memories of growing up watching my grandmother cook for us. As far as the map goes, I suspect you’ll be doing some finger tracing of your own next week! 🙂 Thanks, Neil!

    1. I’m a huge fan of breakfast, too, Dawn! I could totally eat breakfast for 3 meals a day and be a happy camper. This casserole is really tasty, too…and it reminds me of growing up when my Grandma made something similar for us. 🙂

  9. We never skip breakfast around here! Especially when it’s rich and delicious like this casserole – honestly the kind of thing I’d happily eat for any meal of the day.

    1. I hear ya, Marissa! Breakfast really is my favorite meal of the day. And this casserole is really, really tasty, too. It reminds me of the one my Grandma used to make way back when I was a wee little lad. 🙂 Thanks, my friend!

    1. It does indeed reheat well, Jeff! I made this one when Laura was out of town for work, and I totally ate it for lunch and dinner for a couple of days. It was an easy meal to reheat after Robbie went to bed.

  10. I’m not sure if I like bacon or breakfast more?! 🙂
    I love baking bacon too – the clean up is so so much easier and I like to fool myself into thinking it’s better for me that way!
    Now – back to this deep dish breakfast casserole – WOA – I thought that Charleston coconut cake was tall – DUDE – this is one of the tallest casseroles I’ve seen – which is great because one piece is so much more – right?!
    Also love that this can be made the night before and then tossed in the oven – fantastic recipe, my friend!

    1. Baking is the way to go with bacon, Shashi! I totally agree with you. I mean the sizzle in the pan is hard to leave out, but man is baking so much easier! So this casserole totally reminds me of the one my Grandma made back when I was a kid. And I loved every single slice of it! (Laura isn’t a huge fan of eggs, so I made this one while she was traveling for work…and then I ate it all up. Haha!) Thanks so much, my friend!

  11. When it comes to breakfast, I’m a lazy person! I normally take something super fast like yogurt, cottage cheese, or just peanut butter toast. Occasionally, I can spend 5 minutes more making oatmeal or eggs. I might have good mood to make something more complicated on weekend/holidays (that doesn’t happen as you probably noticed I don’t have many breakfast ideas), but only if I’d like to take pictures for the blog. Which means once I’ve finished cooking, shooting, and then eating, I’m tired and ready for a nap (Which is not a bad thing!) 🙂 Love this savory casserole. Loaded with bacon, potatoes, ricotta, and other good things, it’s so delicious! And the great thing is that you can make it in advance and just preheat it in the morning. I’ll take this then 🙂

    1. So on weekdays, we are totally lazy people when it comes to breakfast. Well, lazy might not be the best term…more like busy and trying to get to work. So it’s usually Greek yogurt + granola or cereal or oatmeal. But weekends? That’s when I get to play around and have fun with breakfast! Also, I support your mid-morning nap idea on the weekends. Pre-Robbie I might have done the same…but now we just chase him all over the place. Haha! I’ll tell you what. I’ll make another one of these casseroles and send it up to you…assuming I don’t eat it all first. Deal? 🙂

  12. I am going to make this tomorrow and try it in the 9×13 glass dish. Should I just cook it for about an hour then? 🙂

    1. Hey Sharon! It’s a really tasty recipe…I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! As far as baking time in a 9×13″ dish, I honestly don’t know as I’ve never baked it in that size. I would start checking it early (say ~45 minutes) and then just keep baking until a toothpick or table knife inserted into center comes out clean. Just keep checking every ~10 minutes or so after the first 45.,.that might be erring on the side of too often, but better that than overbaking! Either way, happy baking! Oh, and will you swing back by and let me know how long it takes in that pan? Thanks!

  13. Well this just looks delicious! I wish I made more breakfast casseroles (and more breakfasts in general!) but this one in particular looks amazingly packed with goodness!

    Also there is absolutely no kitchen blasphemy in cooking bacon in the oven! It’s the BEST way to do it. So even and perfectly cooked..its awesome. What is blasphemy is if I just need one or two slices and in a serious time crunch I might just ehm….microwave it. Only if I crumble it though, I couldn’t eat that as is since it’s never evenly cooked enough.

    Either way, awesome recipe David! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, this casserole (or really, really tall quiche!) is packed with all sorts of deliciousness. That’s the wonderful thing about recipes like this…you’ve got a blank canvas to add whatever flavors you’d like! Now as far as microwaving bacon, I get it. I don’t blame you one bit. In fact, that’s how my Dad always made bacon growing up…and it’s still a great option in a pinch. I mean it’s bacon. And sometimes you just need a slice (or two!) of bacon quickly! Thanks, Matt!

  14. I really enjoyed your blog reminiscing about road trips and going to your gramma ‘s house as a kid. I usually skim through blogs to get to the recipe but something about your memories hooked me in, and I laughed as I read it through. Your photo of that thick casserole caught my eye too. I have a springform pan, I attend monthly breakfast potlucks at church and I’m excited to try your recipe out. thanks for sharing and for all the cooking/baking tips too. Irene

    1. Hey Irene! First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to hop over to this post itself. 🙂 I really do enjoy ‘chatting’ with readers…it’s one of my favorite ways to start each day! I do try to include some fun stories and thoughts in my posts…if nothing else, it makes the posts more fun for me to write, too! I mean the recipe is the main part, but the post itself can still be fun.

      I really hope you get a chance to try this recipe out. It’s a fun one, and it totally reminds me of growing up in my grandmother’s kitchen. Take note of the baking time (and tenting) here as this is a deep casserole…but the time is well worth it! Enjoy, and don’t be a stranger if you have thoughts/comments on other posts, too. I always respond to comments! Happy baking!

    1. Thank you so much, Marissa! I love breakfast food, too, and I could totally eat this any meal of the day. 🙂 Happy long weekend, my friend!

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