bacon, tomato, cheddar breakfast bake

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You have to feed about 6-8 people.

You want something savory.

You don't want to have to go to speciality places for expensive ingredients.

Something you can prepare to tonight and throw in the oven tomorrow so you can sleep in?

Something filling, warming, cheesy.

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bacon, tomato, cheddar breakfast bake: food and wine november 2010


[this recipe can be prepared through step 4 and refrigerated overnight]

1 pound bakery white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (16 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
One 28-ounce can whole Italian tomatoes—drained, chopped and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups)
1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
8 large eggs
Hot sauce, for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish (the recipe calls for a glass dish so you can tell when the bread is golden and crunchy but I didn't have one and it turned out fine in a metal dish). In a large bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil and spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing once or twice, until the bread is golden and lightly crisp.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat in the skillet.

3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook until any liquid is evaporated, about 3 minutes.

4. Return the toasted bread cubes to the bowl. Add the contents of the skillet, along with the bacon, shredded cheeses, chives and broth. Stir until the bread is evenly moistened. Season with salt. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and cover with lightly oiled foil.

5. Bake the bread mixture in the center of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is crispy, about 15 minutes longer. Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven and, using a ladle, press 8 indentations into the bread mixture. Crack an egg into each indentation. Return the dish to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Serve the breakfast bake right away with hot sauce.


tamilyn said...

Are you wearing a scarf around your head while doling out this advice?

oneordinaryday said...

How I love a good breakfast dish. Sounds fabulous.

Jennifer said...

Dude, making this Thanksgiving morning I have to be at family 1 at 9 and then come home cook a 30 lb turkey whilst smoking a breast and be at family 2 by three in the afternoon. I so needed this. Peace out.

Anonymous said...

Where has this recipe been all my life? Duly cut and pasted. It WILL be on the Christmas brunch menu!

dining table said...

The eggs on the top are beautiful! I love the runny yolks.

Amanda said...

And now I know what I'll be making for Christmas morning!

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said...

I make something like this I call Texas Ranch Eggs. I posted it on my blog a little while ago. It's great because you can assemble everything and then throw it in the oven. My version doesn't include any bread - mostly tomatoes, eggs and cheese - so it actually turns out to be fairly healthy if you're the kind of person doing a low-carb diet. Of course I guess that's not quite as evil - but it's still pretty doggone yummy.

Vivian said...

Wow, this looks so good. It will be my Christmas morning "ta-da" moment! Nice that it can all be done beforehand. Just imagining the flavors is making me drool. Thanks for the inspiration!