This one-dish brunch casserole is ideal for a crowd. Add a fruit salad and you can sit back and enjoy your company.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 15 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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.

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  • Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13x9-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each of the onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.

  • Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk, mustard, nutmeg and pepper; beat until well blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes.

  • Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.

Tips

Tips:

Make Ahead: Casserole can be assembled 1 day ahead. Prepare as directed, increasing milk to 2 cups. Cover and store in refrigerator. Remove cover and bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; protein 20.2g 40% DV; carbohydrates 31.7g 10% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 121.2mg 40% DV; sodium 775.8mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2012
Excellent! I used Hawaiian Bread and followed the directions just as written. I assembled it the night before and baked it off in the morning. Delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2016
This has the consistency of bread pudding which I like. I didn't like the nutmeg. The dish is savory but the nutmeg makes me feel like I should be eating a dessert. Okay but will not make again Read More
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  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2012
Excellent! I used Hawaiian Bread and followed the directions just as written. I assembled it the night before and baked it off in the morning. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2012
Made this for an after Christmas brunch for 10 people and everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2012
I made this for a party of 16 for Christmas brunch. I used homemade french bread and turkey bacon and scaled up by about 25%. I made the whole thing the night before saving the egg/milk mix to dump in in the morning. I cooked it at the same time as the ham which called for 275 F so I cooked it about an hour and a half cranking it up to 350 F for about 20 minutes at the end. Main point: everyone loved it! I will definitely make it again as it was easy to prepare ahead of time and quite yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2013
I LOVED This recipe! I hate reading how every one changes the recipes. Well I didn't change anything Except: I didn't have some things So I tried other stuff in the place of it. Not much though! I kept the recipe the same but I didn't have the loaf bread. (I used 2 gigantic homemade stale biscuits I had made)in place of the Italian bread and I didn't have bacon so I used 1lb. of R.B. Rice hot sausage in the place of it. Oh my goodness was it good! I am a big cheese person but hate cottage cheese and it was sooooooo good in this casserole. My son stays here one day a week because of his job and he lives out of town and can't wait for him to have this for his breakfast at 7 a. m. This Tuesday! I may have to make an extra casserole just to send home to the family! I think it would make a good supper food! (maybe a new tradition)MMMMM Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2013
This recipe is excellent. I have made it several times now. It keeps well and refreezes in a snap! I just cut in portions put it in zip top freezer bags and throw it in the freezer. I thaw and rewarm in the microwave. I make it just as the recipe describes. My son requested it for supper this week!!!:) Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2012
This is awesome! I make a breakfast casserole every year on Christmas Eve night to eat on Christmas day. I have tried many recipes but this is definately one if the best. I added a little more egg/milk mixture before I put it in the oven so it wouldn't be too dry. My Italian bread cubes were pretty big. It was crispy on top moist in the middle had an awesome flavor and the cottage cheese middle was a nice addition. The only thing I might change is using a little less onion especially if you have little kids. But I will definately make this next year. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
I made this for Christmas morning brunch and it was a great hit! I did make some minor adjustments: I used non-fat cottage cheese lowfat mozzarella half the onion amount because my kids can be a bit finicky. I cooked the onions with olive oil instead because I chose to use lowfat Hormel Real Bacon Pieces for faster prep and less clean up. I served it with pancakes and maple syrup for that sweet and salty flavor. I do suggest prepping the night before so you only need to pop in the oven the next day. This dish will definitely be added to my family's recipe book and Christmas brunch tradition from now on. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2012
Super easy and very tasty! I would love to try it with crumbled cooked breakfast sausage too. I was surprised at how yummy the cottage cheese was in this dish. My only tweak would be more bacon and less onion. Seasoning was spot on for me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2012
I made this in the morning but instead of bacon I used Jimmy Deans Hot Sausage. It turned out great and I'll make it again but next time I'll use less nutmeg. It was a little too nutmegy for my taste. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2016
This has the consistency of bread pudding which I like. I didn't like the nutmeg. The dish is savory but the nutmeg makes me feel like I should be eating a dessert. Okay but will not make again Read More