Casserole

Cheddar Bacon Wake-Up Casserole
Cheddar Bacon Wake-Up CasseroleThis cheesy brunch casserole is a delicious way to start the day.

1. In a mixing bowl, toss together the croutons, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon or ham. Turn into an 11x7x2-inch baking dish or 6 to 8 individual 5-inch round baking dishes.

2. In another bowl, beat together the milk, eggs, mustard, onion powder and pepper. Pour the mixture over the crouton mixture in the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F. oven for about 45 minutes (15 minutes for individual baking dishes) or till a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let baked casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

* Note: If desired, halve recipe, except use 2 eggs. Bake in a greased 9-inch pie plate in a 350 degree F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 3 or 4 servings.

To vary the recipe, add 2 cups frozen broccoli cuts, thawed and drained (1 cup for halved recipe), to crouton mixture. Continue as in recipe, except bake for about 5 minutes more.

Note: To reduce the fat and cholesterol, substitute reduced-fat cheese and refrigerated or frozen egg product for the regular cheese and eggs