Recipe Bacon, Tomato, And Cheddar Breakfast Bake (With Eggs)


Nosh 'n' Splosh
Staff member
15 Jul 2019
Local time
10:55 AM
Ohio, US
Serves 8

1 lb bakery white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 16 cups)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained, chopped, and patted dry
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 lb extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1/2 lb Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
2 TB snipped chives
1-3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt
8 large eggs
Hot sauce, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly oil a 9 X 13-inch glass baking 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.

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

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

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 prepared baking dish and cover with lightly oiled foil.

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 or spoon, make 8 wells in the bread mixture. Crack an egg into each well. 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.

Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine's Staff Favorites Cookbook

NOTE: if you're not using low-sodium chicken broth, you may wish to omit the added salt in the recipe.



Legendary Member
3 Dec 2017
Local time
10:55 AM
SE Florida
Wonder if you could put it together night before to the baking point, refrigerate, then start with the baking the next morning.
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