Isn't that true? When you know something has bacon in it you just have to try it right?! I like to think of bacon as the candy of the meat world. Looking over our meal plan last week I noticed I had breakfast on the list again. This is fairly standard at our house. But I wanted something different than our usual pancakes or scrambled eggs. So I opted for a brunch time favorite, the egg bake! I hadn't made one in a while because there is some planning involved and honestly it's probably not the cheapest meal on our list, but it's delicious! I did manage to convert out the price from when I shopped so you can see just how much this meal costs. So if you want something different for your breakfast night, or just a great start to the day on the weekend this is it. Oh and it makes for a great Christmas morning meal too. I love to make this around the holidays or when we're entertaining, not only because of how good it is, but because it makes a lot too.
Ma Bacon's Egg Bake
1 lb breakfast sausage links, cooked and chopped ($1.50 per package)
9 eggs- beaten (at the time cost was $1.12 for 9 eggs)
3 cups milk ( About a 1/3 of a gallon- $.97)
9 slices bread (day old is perfect!) cut into cubes (about 1/2 loaf-$ .75)
2 cups shredded cheese, I use co-jack by any cheddar type is fine (Lucky to find it on sale for $2)
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled ($1.50)
Dash of salt and pepper to taste
Total cost for this meal: $7.84
Of course this all varies depending on where you live and if you can find things on sale, but not too bad considering it makes a 9x13 pan (cut it into 15 pieces) and for the 6 of us we got both dinner and breakfast out of it. That was with Bacon Jr. eating 3 full pieces for dinner! Yes he's going though a growth spurt, I don't even what to know what it will be like to feed 3 teenage boys in a few years!
Back to baking... First take a 9x13 pan and grease it generously. Next, it's time to get that bacon and sausage cooking!
I love my handy microwave bacon cooker, it saves me so much time! Once they are cooled cut or crumble them into small pieces and set them aside. Dig out a large mixing bowl and add your eggs, milk, salt and pepper to it, and beat it until everything is mixed.
Now it's time for the bread. I used cheap bread for this recipe. Any works well and its a great way to use up that bread that is getting stale or the butts that no one seems to want to eat in this house. Take the 9 slices and cut them into small cubes. Add them to the egg mixture.
Made a great dinner meal, and wonderful leftovers the next morning for breakfast I love it when I can make 2 meals at once!