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Amish Breakfast Casserole

We've enjoyed a few hearty breakfast casseroles while visiting an Amish inn. When I asked for a recipe, one of the ladies told me the ingredients right off the top of her head. I modified it to create this quick and easy breakfast casserole my family loves. —Beth Notaro, Kokomo, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups 4% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until bacon is crisp; drain. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Create a pretty burst of color and fresh flavor by adding a pinch of minced herbs to the egg mixture. Thyme and parsley are perfect candidates; try 1 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried.
  • Cottage cheese is surprisingly versatile and almost disappears into this dish when baked.
  • Assemble a day in advance, and bake just before serving.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 273 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 477mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.

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    • Carrie Lou
      Feb 21, 2021

      Delicious! I used turkey bacon and added dried cilantro. Baked 40 minutes in my 2quart oval glass baker!

    • Juliann65
      Feb 21, 2021

      I have been making this casserole for Christmas morning ever since I saw it in Taste of Home years ago. Everyone loves it!

    • Rebecca
      Dec 30, 2020

      I made this on Christmas Eve to serve Christmas morning. I am so glad I did! It was easy and delicious—even reheated great with a splash of milk to loosen it up a few days later. This is a keeper and great to use when you want to save yourself time on a holiday or when you have guests.

    • skreyno
      Dec 22, 2020

      Have been making this one for years. I did alter for our taste. I use 1/2 lb bacon and 1/2 lb ham. I add jalapeños and use 10 eggs. Please note, this requires a longer baking time. I plan for an hour and a half as I let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.

    • Barbara
      Nov 25, 2020

      Family favorite. I add 10-12 eggs because it’s an ‘egg casserole’. I use spicy chicken sausage instead of bacon sometimes.

    • debau92
      Oct 17, 2020

      I was not a big fan. It was easy to make but used more ingredients and was more expensive to make than another recipe I have.

    • julie
      Oct 6, 2020

      I make this every year for Christmas morning breakfast. It’s delicious! I use 9 eggs per the recipe I have. Everything else is the same.

    • Karen
      Oct 6, 2020

      This came out delicious. And, I have to confess I modified it…okay…changed it due to what I had in the fridge. I used 1lb of Italian sausage, Monterey jack cheese only, fresh spinach and baked frozen tater tots 10 minutes! I didn't mix it altogether but built it like a quiche: Meat/onions/spinach mixture on the bottom, Monterey Jack cheese and then the egg, cheese and cottage cheese mixture. Topped it with more jack cheese. And, I baked it in my 9" x 9" ceramic dish and it was amazing. I was a little reluctant to serve it for breakfast as it might be a better lunch or dinner entree but hubby thought it was terrific. Next time I make it (and there WILL BE a next time), I'm going to follow the recipe so I'll have a comparison. But I think whatever you do, this recipe will always taste amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      Oct 4, 2020

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    • grandmascooking22
      Sep 8, 2020

      This is the best. Wonderful flavor and so easy. Stir everything all together night before. Have tried many egg stratus and this is by far the best! Company all wanted the recipe!