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Bacon & Egg McMuffin Casserole



I spied this Breakfast Casserole on a site called Dinner Then Dessert the other day.  It looked really, really tasty. 
 
I adore Breakfast types of casseroles, and I don't think you can ever have too many different recipes for them.  They all come in handy, especially around the holidays! 



I also love McDonald's Egg McMuffins.  Usually over here I get the sausage and egg one because I am not fond of the bacon that they use at our local McDonald's.  
 
I do love their English Muffins however.  I don't know how McDonald's get them so soft.  It must be a special brand of English Muffin that they use.  I think they're just lovely.



So, anyways  . . .  when I spied this Egg McMuffin Casserole on Pinterest I knew it was something I wanted to make.  I loved everything about it.   

I sent my husband to the shops for some English Muffins.  He came back with these  . . .


Oven bottom muffins.  It seems that somehow my elderly husband has gotten to the ripe old age without knowing the difference between an English Muffin and an Oven Bottom Muffin. 
 
He saw the word muffin and that was that.  I suppose I should be happy he didn't come home with these  . . . 


Totally edible of course, but not fit for purpose.  
 
He ended up having to go out again once I showed him what I wanted properly.  Grocery shops are filled with men wandering up and down the aisles with a look of stunned stupor on their faces.

Bacon & Egg McMuffin Casserole  

We got there in the end (which is what counts!) but he had to go to about 4 different shops to find them. When he did find them, he got the very last package on the shelf.
 
They were marked down as they were right on their due date.  I wasn't too bothered with freshness for a casserole anyways, so that was alright. 
 
Friday is a bad day to buy English muffins I guess! 




Back to the casserole.  You cut a thin slice from each side of the muffins and use them to line a baking dish.  
 
Once you've done this you butter the main bits of the muffin, cut them into 1 inch cubes and toast them in an oven. This helps  to crisp them up a bit.   



I like to cook my bacon in the oven, so I just cook the bacon at the same time. 
 
You won't want the bacon to be really crisp as you will be cooking it again in the casserole.  So a bit flimsy is what works best, not crisp.


The toasted muffin cubes get put into the baking dish.  You then pour a mixture of beaten eggs, seasoning and milk over top.  
 
Finally you scatter the crumbled bacon and some crumbled cheddar cheese over top. Easy peasy.


You could just grate the cheese, but I like the crumbles best. When you use crumbled cheese  you get little pockets of cheese throughout.  
 
I like the un-dyed cheese best.  I also always use a strong cheddar when cooking. I find it has the best flavour. 



 I really, really love cheddar cheese.  My husband thinks there is no other cheese but cheddar . . .  that's an Englishman for you!  
 
He was shocked when we went to France and he couldn't get cheddar. Every other cheese in the world, but NO cheddar.  Talk about disappointed!



But I digress. Once I have everything in the dish,  I smoosh things down a bit with a fork so all of the muffins get a bit damp.
 
It also helps to cause some of the bacon and cheese to fall down into nooks and crannies. You then bang the casserole into a moderate oven for about half an hour  . . .


Until the top is golden brown and the eggs are set, and everything is gloriously tasty!   Oh boy, but this is some good!


Yield: 6

Bacon & Egg McMuffin Casserole

prep time: 20 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 60 mins
This is like having your favourite fast food breakfast sandwich in the comfort of your own home.  This is a delicious casserole and is sure to please the whole family!  You can have it for breakfast, but in all honesty, we enjoy it for supper. You can serve it with ketchup if you like or syrup.  I am partial to Maple syrup on this.

ingredients:

6 large free range eggs
480ml whole milk (2 cups)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 pound bacon
240g strong cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
6 large English Muffins
softened butter

To serve:
Tomato Ketchup or Maple syrup (optional)

instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 inch square casserole dish.

Cook
 the bacon in the pre-heated oven until 3/4 cooked. You want it to still
 be a bit flimsy as you are going to be cooking it some more in the
casserole dish.

Cut the cheese into chunks and
then blitz in a food processor until crumbly.  (Alternately you can just
 grate it, but I like the crumbles better.)

Cut
 a thin sliver from the tops and the bottoms of each muffin.  Place
these bits overlapping in the bottom of the casserole dish.  Butter the
muffins and cut them into 1 inch cubes.  Place them onto a baking tray
and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until crispy. Put them into
the casserole dish.

Beat the eggs and milk
together with the salt and pepper to combine.  Pour this over top of the
 muffin cubes. Chop the bacon and sprinkle it on top of the casserole
dish and scatter on the crumbled cheese.  I like to push down the muffin
 pieces a bit so that they absorb more of the egg/milk mixture and so
that some of the cheese and bacon go down into any spaces.

Bake
 uncovered in the heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown
and set.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Serve hot with ketchup or Maple syrup if desired.
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My husband enjoyed his with tomato ketchup, I had mine with Maple Syrup (in true Canadian fashion).  We both enjoyed this very much.  
 
It made a beautiful light supper on the first day and he enjoyed the leftovers warmed up on the second day. (I only made half the recipe as there are only two of us.)  All in all I would call this a winner/winner of a tasty dinner! 

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  1. I can’t wait to try this. I will be halving this recipe. What cooking dish size did you use when you halved this for you and hubby? Also, maple syrup all the way (Canadian too!). Thanks.

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    1. Hi Patricia, I have a small 7 by 8 inch casserole dish which I use for most of my bakes. You can see it in the above photo! I think you will really like this! xo

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    2. Thanks Marie. I happen to have maple streaky bacon on hand so this will be decadent. I will go and start measuring my baking dishes!

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    3. Oh, I hope that you enjoy this Patricia! I am pretty sure you will! xo

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  2. I had to laugh at poor Todd's shopping efforts. It reminds me of my husband when I asked him to pick me up some spring onions (or you might call them green onions). I described what they looked like and he came home with leeks!

    This sounds like real comfort food. Though not being Canadian, I can only look on with bemusement at the thought of maple syrup on this dish. Actually I wouldn't put ketchup on it either, as I dislike it, but I think of maple syrup as a sweet thing I have in cakes and on pancakes.

    Sadly they do not sell English muffins here, so I'll have to give it a miss but I do like the sound of the flavour combinations.

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    1. Grocery stores are filled with men that look like deer caught in the headlights Marie, wandering the aisles, mobile phones to the ear. It is really tasty. Have you tried to make your own English Muffins? You are an excellent bread baker and I am betting you could make really good ones! I am thinking you could use a good Italian or French loaf as well. Or even Croissants would be nice. (Rich but nice!) xo

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  3. I have never heard of an oven bottom muffing but I have to say it looks delish. I, too, love breakfast casseroles and also egg McMuffins so what's not to love here?

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    1. You would love this casserole if you love both those things Jeanie! Oven Bottom Muffins are like buns that are baked on the floor of the oven. They are soft and fluffy and not chewy like an English Muffin. xoxo

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    1. Oh yes Monique, this would make an excellent brunch! xo

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