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Bacon Egg and Cheese Strata

This delicious Bacon Egg and Cheese Strata is the most amazing breakfast casserole! Loaded with crusty Italian bread, eggs, cheese, and thick sliced bacon - it checks off everything you want for breakfast in one dish! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple breakfasts, breakfast casserole, breakfast for dinner, cheesy breakfast casserole, easy casserole, holiday breakfast, holiday brunch, strata
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 Italian loaf, diced into 1-1.5 inch cubes
  • 8 large Pete and Gerry's eggs
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 16 oz thick sliced bacon
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives (and more to garnish)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • crack of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil, add the bacon to where it's not touching. Cook the bacon at 400 for about 20 minutes. It all depends on your thickness though, so keep an eye on it! 

  2. Once the bacon is done, blot the grease with a paper-towel and chop it into bite size pieces. 

  3. Reduce the oven heat to 350. Dice the Italian bread into small, 1-1.5 inch cubes. Take a 9x13 casserole dish and grease the bottom using butter or non-stick cooking spray. Place the bread cubes evenly in the dish after you’ve greased it.

  4. Finely mince the garlic and chop the chives.

  5. Add in the bacon, 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup of colby jack cheese, chives and garlic to the bread cubes in the casserole dish. Gently mix around using your hands, making sure it is all coated evenly.

  6. In a large bowl, add the Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs. Add half and half and heavy cream. Add a generous pinch of salt, a crack of pepper and the dijon mustard. Whisk together until combined. 

  7. Gently pour the egg mixture on top of the bread mixture, making sure it’s evenly spread throughout the pan. Once poured, if there are any bread cubes not soaked by the mixture, press them down into the liquid gently. 

  8. Wrap some foil around the top and bake for about 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven, take off the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the top is crispy and golden brown. 

  9. Let cool for a few minutes before you serve. Top with more chives and eat up! Store leftovers in the fridge. Heat up in the oven or microwave.