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Bacon-Ranch Mini Loaves Recipe

Need to round out your morning menu on Christmas...or anytime at all? Try these savory miniature loaves that bake up tender and golden brown. Slices are wonderful alongside vegetable omelets, breakfast bakes, frittatas, or any favorite egg dish.—Brandon Borton, Auburn, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute onions in reserved drippings until tender; cool.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, dressing mix, garlic powder, baking soda and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cheese, bacon and onions.
  • 3. Transfer to four greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 4 mini loaves (6 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 167 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 293 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.