CHEDDAR-BACON WAKE-UP CASSEROLE
2 cups plain croutons
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained and crumbled, or 1 to 2 cups diced cooked ham
2 cups milk
3 beaten eggs*
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
In a mixing bowl, toss together the croutons, cheddar cheese and
cooked bacon or ham. Turn into an 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish or
6 to 8 individual 5-inch round baking dishes.
In another bowl, beat together the milk, eggs, mustard, onion
powder and pepper. Pour the mixture over the crouton mixture in
the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to
Bake, uncovered, in a 350ÂºF oven for about 45 minutes
(15 minutes for individual baking dishes) or until a knife inserted
near center comes out clean. Let baked casserole stand for
5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Note: If desired, halve recipe, except use 2 eggs. Bake in a
greased 9-inch pie plate in a 350ÂºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Makes 3 or 4 servings. To vary the recipe, add 2 cups frozen
broccoli cuts, thawed and drained (1 cup for halved recipe), to
crouton mixture. Continue as in recipe, except bake for about
5 minutes more.