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Amish Breakfast Casserole

We've enjoyed a few hearty breakfast casseroles while visiting an Amish inn. When I asked for a recipe, one of the ladies told me the ingredients right off the top of her head. I modified it to create this quick and easy breakfast casserole my family loves. —Beth Notaro, Kokomo, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups Daisy 4% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp; drain. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Create a pretty burst of color and fresh flavor by adding a pinch of minced herbs to the egg mixture. Thyme and parsley are perfect candidates; try 1 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried.
  • Cottage cheese is surprisingly versatile and almost disappears into this dish when baked.
  • Assemble a day in advance, and bake just before serving.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 273 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 477mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.

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    • Michele
      Jul 30, 2020

      All ages LOVED this recipe!! I make lots of breakfast casserole's when we travel or when having company. I have my 3 favorites that I have rotated for the last 20 plus years and occasionally try new ones. Now I have 4 favorites because this one is a definite keeper! I did exactly as the recipe called for and it turned out perfect! The suggestion about green chili's sounds wonderful and I may try that next time, but honestly it doesn't need it for flavor, it seriously was perfect as is! Thank you for sharing!

    • Peggy
      Jul 27, 2020

      Good recipe. Even the old boy enjoyed it

    • Laura
      Jul 27, 2020

      I made this exactly as the recipe is here, with ham, for us and for a neighbor. AMAZING!! I was tempted to add salt and pepper, but really didnt need to. My husband is not a fan of casseroles, but loved this one. It is quick, easy and absolutely delicious. THANK YOU!

    • CvanLoon
      Jul 21, 2020

      Was so happy with how this recipe turned out! I needed a breakfast casserole for a girls weekend getaway & this recipe really came through! It sounded simple ( in ingredients & instruction). Big plus...ingredients were readily on hand. The only changes I made was to substitute the Swiss cheese with Pepper Jack cheese, & added a dash of granulated garlic. Chopped green chilies sounded good as well, but I didn’t have any on hand...next time! The casserole was so flavorful. Everyone enjoyed it. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

    • di
      Jul 5, 2020

      looking very delicious

    • Keli
      Jul 4, 2020

      Super easy to make and absolutely delicious!! My husband does not like anything with cottage cheese but he didn’t even know there was any in it and he had three servings!! This will be my new go to.

    • Catbird513
      Jun 29, 2020

      When me and my friends go to the shore, we always make this recipe because everyone loves it! We just add a little green pepper to it. Great to make for a group of people.

    • Marla
      Apr 27, 2020

      This is probably a good recipe but I think it would be much better if some milk was added to loosen it up.

    • Romaine
      Apr 27, 2020

      I made this recipe as is but I did cut it in half and it was delicious. Reading other comments I was surprised to read some of the negative comments. This was excellent and I do not know why theirs did not taste great. Oh well my opinion is this was so easy and I had all the ingredients so I did not have to go out of my house at this time. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Krista
      Apr 19, 2020

      Delicious. What is the best way to freeze and then thaw out?