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Bacon Breakfast Casserole for a Crowd Recipe


Classic baked egg casserole is loaded with savory, rich flavors and yummy, extra ingredients. It is sure to please a houseful of friends and family for brunch. Easy on the cook too, as it can be prepped the night before to enjoy more time with your guests.
Makes: About 10-14 servings
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain bacon and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup for topping casserole, and reserve 4 tablespoons of drippings.

Step 3

Measure 2 tablespoons bacon drippings into mega oblong pan. Use a pastry brush to spread in an even layer on bottom and sides of pan.

Step 4

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons drippings in large skillet over medium heat, and cook red bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 5

In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Add remaining bacon, shredded cheese, 1/2 cup chopped green onion, cooked peppers, and bread cubes (mixture may be split into two bowls if needed). Gently toss until evenly mixed, and place in prepared 12 x 18 in pan.

Step 6

Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Top with reserved 1/2 cup bacon and 1/4 cup green onion. Serve warm.

Step 7

Note: Casserole may be prepared through step 5, covered in foil, and refrigerated overnight. When ready to bake, bake covered at 350°F 10 minutes, then uncover and bake 65 to 70 minutes longer or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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bacon, cut into 1/2 in pieces

1 package bacon, cut into 1/2 in pieces (16 oz.)

red bell pepper

3 cups red bell pepper (about 3 medium, chopped)

Eggs

12 Eggs

half and half

6 cups half and half

salt

1 tablespoon salt

paprika

2 teaspoons paprika

garlic powder

1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

onion powder

1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder

ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

sharp Cheddar cheese

1 package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz.)

green onion

3/4 cup green onion (chopped and divided, about 1 bunch)

bread

2 loaves Italian bread (14 oz. each, cut into 1in. cubes, about 36 cups)

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