'We enjoyed a hearty breakfast bake during a visit to an Amish inn,' recalls Beth Notaro of Kokomo, Indiana. 'When I asked for the recipe, one of the ladies told me the ingredients right off the top of her head. I modified it to create this version my family loves. Try breakfast sausage in place of bacon.'

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp; drain. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.

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  • Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until set and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

402 calories; protein 19.9g; carbohydrates 12.1g; fat 33.4g; cholesterol 153.1mg; sodium 619.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (1488)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2006
I made a test run on this recipe before company came for Christmas. It was good, but I wasn't as big a fan of that much Swiss cheese. So for Christmas I used 3/4 cup Swiss and 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and added green pepper for extra flavor. Everyone raved about it! It was sooo good. One thing I also did differently the second time is fry the bacon in strips and then crumble. The first time the pieces wouldn't fry completely and were stacked on top of each other, so they turned out half crisp, half soggy. It worked much better to cook them in strips and then fry the onion in a little bit of the grease afterwords. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2011
This was okay but very heavy. I made it with sausage crumbles instead of bacon. I felt uncomfortable the rest of the day from how full and heavy this was. I make an egg bake with crescent dough as the crust that I got from the owners of a B&B in Michigan. It's much better than this -- light and just right for breakfast on a Sunday morning. I'll stick to that one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2006
I made a test run on this recipe before company came for Christmas. It was good, but I wasn't as big a fan of that much Swiss cheese. So for Christmas I used 3/4 cup Swiss and 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and added green pepper for extra flavor. Everyone raved about it! It was sooo good. One thing I also did differently the second time is fry the bacon in strips and then crumble. The first time the pieces wouldn't fry completely and were stacked on top of each other, so they turned out half crisp, half soggy. It worked much better to cook them in strips and then fry the onion in a little bit of the grease afterwords. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2007
I often hesitate to make some of these breakfast casseroles because they are so heavy and make me want to crawl back into the bed and go back to sleep. This casserole tasted delicious and didn't make me sleepy. I think because it doesnt have refined starchy things in it. I am very happy to have this recipe. I freeze little individual containers of it to have all week long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2006
This is a GREAT recipe! I used a pound of sausage instead of bacon. I didn't have quite two cups of cheddar cheese, so I used a little extra swiss. It got rave reviews from my very picky husband! His parents also loved it, and have already asked for the recipe. My only complaint was the serving size. I served it as a main dish with biscuits on the size. It fed four, with a little left over. Could have fed five adults, no 12. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
This recipe was fabulous. I made 2 casseroles for 6 people. I made one of the casseroles bacon & the other sausage. The bacon one was gone first. Though the sausage one was delicious, the bacon one was clearly the hit. Everyone enjoyed a second helping. I believe it is the cottage cheese & swiss cheese that make this recipe. I followed the recipe perfectly. I made no changes to the ingredients, however, I did broil the casseroles for 5 minutes at the end of the baking cycle to brown the top. The next morning when my guests awoke, I said lets go to breakfast...but they requested we have leftover breakfast casserole instead! There was plenty leftover to feed everyone again & it reheated beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2007
This is the first time I have ever rated a recipe and it is only because this recipe was so good. This has been the breakfast cassorole that I have been looking for over the years. I do not know if it is the swiss cheese and the cottage cheese combo or what but it is wonderful. I did vary it a little just because of my own taste. I used southern style potatoes and seasoned them not only with salt and pepper but also with a little cayenne pepper and garlic salt. I also added one more egg just to extended the recipe a little further and the last item I changed is instead of bacon, I used sausage. The changes I made really reflect my own taste. Again this was the best breakfast recipe I have ever found! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2007
This is a wonderful recipe! I love how easy it is! I made it for guests and it got a lot of great comments. The swiss cheese really adds a nice taste to the dish. My son doesn't really care for straight egg frittatas but really enjoyed this one with the added potatoes and asks for it a lot now. I wanted to make it more often yet didn't really want to keep frozen hash browns as a staple in my house. I found out that using a couple cold baked potatoes from a previous meal and grating them (this is very easy when they are cold - I even leave the skins on them!), works even better than the frozen ones! I just plan to make a couple extra baked potatoes the day before I make this for breakfast. We also use pre-cooked turkey bacon in place of the regular bacon and it turns out great. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2008
I was a little scared of the cottage cheese - almost did not add it. I'm glad I did. This is super moist and very good. I used moz. cheese instead of the swiss. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
I made this recipe for a bridal shower brunch and it was a huge success. Can this receipe can be made ahead and frozen until needed? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2007
This is it! This is the breakfast casserole I've been looking for! I made it exactly according to the recipe, and it is perfect. I always prefer to add salt and pepper when eating, as opposed to when cooking, so I didn't find it bland (but it did need the salt & pepper). I can see how easy it would be to customize this according to personal tastes. I will probably never make any other breakfast casserole again...Why mess with perfection? :) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2011
This was okay but very heavy. I made it with sausage crumbles instead of bacon. I felt uncomfortable the rest of the day from how full and heavy this was. I make an egg bake with crescent dough as the crust that I got from the owners of a B&B in Michigan. It's much better than this -- light and just right for breakfast on a Sunday morning. I'll stick to that one. Read More
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