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Bacon, Egg + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole

November 26, 2023
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Got a hungry morning crowd to feed? Look no further than this Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole! It's a breeze to make, bursting with flavor, and sure to steal the show at your breakfast or brunch gathering.

Bacon, Egg + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole

This Bacon, Egg + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole recipe is the ultimate morning comfort--- all baked in one delicious dish! This flavorful creation boasts the delightful fusion of Everything seasoning, eggs, candied bacon, and the heavenly melt of mozzarella and cheddar. Baked to perfection, crowned with biscuits for that crispy, flaky bite—it's a symphony of savory, cheesy, and oh-so-satisfying morning goodness! Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Overnight + Make Ahead Options!

Breakfast casserole on a black baking dish with a wooden spoon.

This delightful Bacon, Egg + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole is the epitome of effortless mornings—a dish you can whip up without any morning mental gymnastics. Who else struggles in the AM? Haha. Similar to my Baked Pumpkin French Toast Casserole and Southern Caprese Biscuit Breakfast Strata recipes, you can prep this the night before, saving your morning sanity. Or, if you're more of a morning person, assemble it fresh and pop it in the oven while you leisurely sip your coffee.

If you're all about those breakfasts that practically make themselves in just one dish, be sure to explore my collection--- I'm talking about Baked Crunch Cinnamon French Toast for my sweet tooths and this Veggie Breakfast Strata, and Vegetable Frittata—for my savory breakfast lovers---each one is a delicious, no-fuss morning treat!

This Bacon, Egg, + Cheese Casserole is a lifesaver when feeding a bustling household--loved by both kids and adults, this recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing for various ingredient tweaks--With a simple tweak like swapping out bacon for a vegetarian option or using gluten-free biscuits, it easily adapts to different dietary needs. This overnight wonder takes just around 15 minutes to prepare, can be made ahead of time (seriously easy!), and bakes to perfection in 45 minutes + is totally worth the wait!

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How To Make Bacon, Egg + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole

Begin by preparing your candied bacon (find the recipe HERE). Then, it's time to whip up the batter and get those biscuits ready—whether homemade or store-bought, whichever suits your fancy. Once that's set, layer the biscuits and the Everything seasoning (See below on how to make your own) over the egg, bacon, and cheese mix in your casserole dish. Pop it in the oven and bake it to mouthwatering golden cheesy perfection!

Ingredients

  • Organic biscuits. Store-bought or homemade. If using a store-bought version, I highly recommend using Annie's or Immaculate. If opting for homemade I highly recommend trying my Flaky Honey Buttermilk Biscuits!
  • Unsweetened Almond milk. At room temp. (You can use whole milk or your fave plant-based milk)
  • Large eggs. At room temp.
  • Everything but the bagel seasoning. (See Post for homemade blend option)
  • Smoked paprika. Adds a little smokiness.
  • Dried parsley.
  • Red pepper flakes. Optional.
  • Candied bacon. You can also use regular cooked bacon or see my recipe on how to make candied bacon!
  • Mozzarella cheese. Freshly shredded or grated.
  • Sharp or mild cheddar. Freshly shredded or grated also!

SHOP MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR BAKING, ESPECIALLY FOR THIS CASSEROLE!

Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with this Bacon, Egg + Cheese Breakfast Casserole. Everything from my fave casserole pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

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Why You Will LOVE This Bacon, Egg + Cheese Casserole

  • All cooked in one casserole dish = minimal cleanup!
  • Simple prep + perfect for busy mornings.
  • Make-ahead or overnight convenience.
  • Gluten-free + vegetarian options to keep everyone at the table full + happy!
  • Hearty + satisfying
  • A crowd-pleasing family favorite for all ages.
  • Oh-so-satisfying + flavorful

How To Make Your Own Homemade 'Everything Seasoning'

STEPS TO MAKE A HOMEMADE EVERYTHING BAGEL BLEND

When it comes to the everything bagel blend, it's all about the sesame seeds. If I'm not using a store-bought version, I definitely enjoy keeping it as original as possible with both white + black sesame seeds. However, you can use one or the other if you don't currently have both. This recipe makes ¼ cup, however, I love making a larger batch (by doubling or tripling the ingredients) and storing it in an airtight container for a longer period of time. Here are the ingredients that you need:

  • 4 tsps white sesame seeds
  • 2 tsps black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsps poppy seeds
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt

What Else Can I Use Homemade Everything Seasoning For?

This homemade seasoning blend is incredibly versatile. Here are a few more ways to put it to good use:

My Favorite Homemade Seasonings

Creating your own spice blends is unbeatable—so much fresher and bursting with flavor! Here are a few of my top favorites:

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Ingredient Swaps + Add-in Ideas

This recipe for Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole is incredibly versatile. You can customize it by adding more ingredients or omitting items like bacon for a vegetarian option. Here are some additional ideas to jazz it up!

  • Herb roasted tomatoes
  • Spinach or kale
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Homemade pesto sauce
  • Cooked sausage or ham (for non-vegetarian options)
  • Tofu or tempeh (for vegetarian options)
  • Sautéed diced potatoes for extra heartiness
  • Diced jalapeños for a spicy kick
  • Caramelized onions for a touch of sweetness
  • Shredded cheese varieties like Swiss or feta
  • Chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives
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What To Serve With Bacon Egg + Cheese Casserole?

Okay, this breakfast casserole recipe is already mouthwatering and oh-so-satisfying, but I can't resist adding a few extra treats to create the ultimate breakfast or brunch spread. Here are my top favorite sides that take this meal to the next level:

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Bacon, Egg, + Cheese Breakfast Casserole Q + A's

How to store this egg + bacon casserole recipe?

Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Baked strata can be frozen for up to 2 months. Simply thaw out in the refrigerator overnight before leaving it at room temp. for 30 minutes and then heating in the oven.

How do you know when a breakfast casserole is done?

This breakfast casserole is typically done when the center is set and doesn't jiggle when gently shaken. You can also insert a toothpick or knife into the center—when it comes out clean, it's ready.

How long can a breakfast casserole recipe be refrigerated before baking?

You can prepare a breakfast casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it, covered, for up to 24 hours before baking. This allows the flavors to meld together nicely before cooking.

How to make this egg casserole vegetarian?

Simply just skip the bacon (feel free to add a vegan bacon or more veggies)

How to make Egg, + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole overnight/ahead of time?

To do this, you'll literally follow all of the assembly steps and instead of adding it to oven to bake, you'll simply wrap your baking dish well and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours before removing it the next day and letting it sit at room temp for 20 minutes or so and then baking it. Wallah!

Can i make this egg casserole recipe gluten-free?

You can opt for a homemade gluten-free biscuit using my recipe for Gluten-Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits or choose to use store-bought gluten-free biscuits instead for this egg casserole recipe!

Breakfast casserole cut out of baking dish with a wooden spoon and a plate on the side.

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Breakfast casserole on a black baking dish with a wooden spoon.

Bacon, Egg, + Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole

November 26, 2023
5 from 2 votes
This Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Everything Breakfast Casserole recipe is the ultimate morning comfort--- all baked in one delicious dish! This flavorful creation boasts the delightful fusion of Everything seasoning, eggs, candied bacon, and the heavenly melt of mozzarella and cheddar.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients

CASSEROLE:

  • 1 (16 oz.) can organic biscuits, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 cups unsweetened Almond milk, room temp. (You can use whole milk or your fave plant-based milk)
  • 10 large eggs, room temp.
  • 2 tsps Everything but the bagel seasoning (See Post for homemade blend option)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 3-4 cups chopped candied bacon
  • 1 cup shredded or grated mozzarella cheese, organic
  • 2 cups shredded or grated sharp or milk cheddar, organic

Instructions

  • To start, simply lightly grease a medium baking dish (9 x 13″) with butter or cooking spray and pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

PREPARE THE BATTER:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, smoked paprika, parsley, Everything but the bagel seasoning, and red pepper flakes (if using). Set aside.

PREPARE THE BISCUITS:

  • If using store-bought biscuits, remove from can and cut each biscuit dough into 1-inch pieces until all are cut.
  • Add your biscuits pieces into the baking dish and spread around evenly then pour the batter mixture atop pieces. NOTE: It's OK if biscuits float to the top at this point.
  • Next, add the following: chopped candied bacon, mozzarella cheese, and sharp or mild cheddar cheese. Stir slightly to incorporate ingredients a bit.
  • Bake the strata for 20 minutes (while loosely covering with foil), then remove foil and continue baking for the remaining 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown (or slightly dark brown, if preferred) and the center is set.
  • Remove from oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Baked strata can be frozen for up to 2 months. Simply thaw out in the refrigerator overnight before leaving it at room temp. for 30 minutes and then heating in the oven.
  • OVERNIGHT + MAKE AHEAD: To do this, you'll literally follow all of the assembly steps and instead of adding it to oven to bake, you'll simply wrap your baking dish well and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours before removing it the next day and letting it sit at room temp for 20 minutes or so and then baking it. Wallah!
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: While this recipe calls for mild/sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and candied bacon as the star ingredients, you can also create more savoriness by adding chicken (for a meat option), bell peppers, parmesan, spinach or kale, gouda, or other cheeses if your heart desires. It's truly up to you!
  • BISCUITS: If using a store-bought version, I highly recommend using Annie's or Immaculate. Speaking of making your own biscuits, I highly recommend trying my Flaky Honey Buttermilk Biscuits

Nutrition

Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

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