Saturday, March 12, 2011

#18 - Bacon, Onion, Potato, and Jack Strata

There's nothing better than waking up on Saturday morning and already having your breakfast made for you. That's why we decided to try to make a strata, or as the Becks call it, egg casserole.

Bacon, Onion, Potato, and Jack Strata

From Diana and Dan
A great thing about stratas is that you can make them with lots of different ingredients. For our first attempt, we decided to go with a bacon, onion, potato, and Monterey Jack that we first had at a party at Diana and Dan's house. Afterwards, someone asked them for the recipe, and it found its way to us.
This strata makes tons of sense because who doesn't love bacon, eggs, and potatoes for breakfast? And that's what this recipe is - bacon, eggs, and potatoes, and toss in some cheese and onions to top it off.
So all you do after cooking up the fix-ins is layer them in a dish, pour in the egg mixture, and sprinkle in as much cheese as you want on top. Then you put it in the fridge, and it's ready to pop in the oven when you wake up.
We're glad we picked this recipe for our first attempt at a strata because like we said bacon, eggs, and potatoes are the perfect breakfast combo. The final dish came out really tasty, and the best part about it was that since we don't have a big enough casserole dish, we had to make it in two smaller ones, which means we can have some more tomorrow morning!
Here's the recipe for breakfast deliciousness:
  • 1 lb Bacon
  • 2-3 medium potatoes (red or Yukon Gold, not Russet), cubed
  • 1 small-medium Onion, diced
  • 2 cups bread, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  1. Cut the bacon in half.
  2. Fry in a skillet until crispy, and then remove to paper towels.
  3. Remove all but 1-2 Tbs of bacon fat from the skillet.
  4. Brown the potatoes in the bacon grease, leaving them to get crispy by not stirring too often.
  5. Remove the potatoes to paper towels.
  6. Saute the onions.
  7. Butter a casserole dish, and layer the bread, covering the bottom of the dish in a single loose layer.
  8. Layer the bacon, potatoes, and onions on top of the bread.
  9. Lightly beat the eggs and milk, and add salt and pepper.
  10. Pour the egg mixture over top of the bread and toppings, and cover with cheese.
  11. Cover, and refrigerate overnight
  12. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  13. Bake 1 hour.

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