English muffins were on a BOGO (buy one, get one) sale at my favorite grocery store, so naturally, I had to buy them. It was the perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite brunch dishes – Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin Casserole. It’s an easy way version of the classic Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwich that feeds 6-8 hungry folks in one pan.
English muffins that come pre-sliced will also save time as they only require separating. In
Hack #1 – Clean workspace
The prep work is easy, thanks to a couple of hacks. Non-stick spray is the quickest way to prep the baking dish and the foil covering.
Hack #2 – Easy bacon
Using the microwave to cook the bacon saves time, effort, and clean-up. Paper towels are essential! Use them to line the plate (to absorb the grease) and cover the bacon to keep the inside of the microwave clean. Remove the bacon after it’s cooked to a dry paper towel and break in half. Twelve pieces are needed. See Cooking Bacon for more tips
Hack #3 – Avoiding eggshells
Break the eggs, one at a time, into a ramekin or measuring cup and add to a large bowl. It doesn’t add any more time, and it can save a TON of time as it prevents the arduous task of fishing out shells. (This would be the voice of experience speaking!)
To the eggs, add in the sour cream, milk, seasonings, and chopped onion.
Assemble the baking dish with English muffin halves, a slice of cheese, and a piece of bacon. The muffins should be slightly upright in alternating layers. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cover with the foil (spray side down).
Bake for about a half-hour and remove the foil and continue baking for another 20 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before topping it with a sprinkle of onions and black pepper and parsley if desired.
Hack #4 – Zhoosh it!
The beauty of this dish is the flexibility to add a variety of other flavors, colors, and textures. Add some warmth or heat with chopped jalapeno peppers or a little cayenne pepper. Bell peppers or sweet mini-peppers will add color and flavor. If you like mushrooms, go ahead and add them too! A little Italian or Cajun seasoning is an easy way to zhoosh up this recipe.
Be creative, have fun and enjoy!
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin CasseroleCourse: Breakfast, BrunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Your favorite breakfast sandwich is transformed into a casserole that serves a crowd. This one-dish breakfast is easy to assemble and clean-up is a breeze. Hearty English muffins layered with bacon and cheese are baked in a custardy egg mixture for a hearty and satisfying breakfast.
6 English muffins, halved
6 slices bacon
12 slices American cheese
6 large eggs
1 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped red onion divided
Optional: dried parsley for garnishing
- Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 2-quart baking dish and one side of a sheet of foil (to cover the baking dish) with non-stick oil. Slice or separate the English muffins in halves. Chop the onion. Line a large (microwave safe) plate with a double layer of paper towels.
- Place the six strips of bacon on the lined plate and cover with another paper towel. Microwave in increments of 2 minutes until bacon is crispy (around 6 minutes total). Transfer bacon to a dry paper towel. Break slices in half.
- Break each bacon piece in half. Arrange muffin halves, bacon, and cheese slices slightly upright in the prepared dish, alternating layers.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of the chopped onion until combined. Pour egg mixture over the baking dish. Cover with foil sprayed side down.
- Bake until puffed and set around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the center is just set, 18 to 22 minutes more. Let sit for 5 minutes. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon chopped red onion and a sprinkle of black pepper.
- Non-stick oil substitute: Butter or canola oil
- Red onion substitute: Chives, yellow onion, scallion
- Zhoosh it: Add zing with chopped jalapeno or a ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add color with chopped bell or mini-sweet peppers. Add texture with sliced mushrooms. Be creative!
- Bacon: Bacon can be made on the stovetop or in the oven.