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Bacon Breakfast Casserole

This easy breakfast dish allows me to make a comforting family favorite that doesn't take a lot of prep. It's also great for big brunch gatherings. —Paula Lawson, Springfield, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 package (28 ounces) frozen O'Brien potatoes, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon in batches over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • In a greased 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, layer a third of each of the following: potatoes, reserved bacon and cheese. Repeat layers twice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper; pour over top. Cook, covered, on low until eggs are set, 4-5 hours. Turn off slow cooker. Remove crock insert to a wire rack; let stand, uncovered, 30 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Letting this dish stand before serving helps prevent liquid from "weeping" out.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 306 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 226mg cholesterol, 606mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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    • nightskystar
      Feb 29, 2020

      this was great!! I cant eat it myself but I made it for company and they raved about it!!

    • Orbs
      Jan 24, 2020

      I cut the recipe in thirds for the two of us and replaced the bacon with Morning Star Veggie Breakfast bacon strips. Thank you, Paula, for sharing this delicious recipe.

    • ChicagoBorn57
      Dec 13, 2019

      So, I have to get up at 4am to start a crockpot? Why? I'd rather prepare a casserole that bakes in 30-60 minutes for breakfast.

    • Jane
      Dec 13, 2019

      No comment left

    • K
      Aug 9, 2019

      A basic and decent casserole, but the potatoes, while thawed, just means you have white potato bits with not much flavor. Instead, after you fry and crisp the bacon, add your thawed potatoes to that pan and crisp and brown the potatoes, as well -- and season with salt and pepper while you're at it. Then add the browned potatoes and bacon to the casserole. More flavor and a nice browned color the potato pieces, which remain soft because they are now baked in the casserole custard base.

    • rena 55
      Jun 23, 2019

      Delicious breakfast casserole that combines all the good things to start your day. Simple and easy to put together, let the slow cooker do the work and enjoy! Will add this to our breakfast/brunch rotation!

    • Anonymous
      Jun 18, 2019

      Very good recipe

    • Rashmi
      Jun 4, 2019