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cheesy bacon & egg brunch casserole
Makes 12 servings
This one-dish brunch casserole is ideal for a crowd. Add a fruit salad and you can sit back and enjoy your company.
￼￼Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes
8 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 loaf (8 ounces) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ￼
1 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Mustard
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
￼￼2. Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13x9-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each of the onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. ￼
3. Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk, mustard, nutmeg and pepper; beat until blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes. ￼
4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.
Kitchen Tips: Make ahead: Casserole can be assembled 1 day ahead. Prepare as directed, increasing milk to 2 ￼cups.
Cover and store in refrigerator. Remove cover and bake as directed.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 260 Calories, Fat 16g, Carbohydrates 14g, Cholesterol 128mg, Sodium 492mg, Fiber 1g, Protein 15g