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Broccoli Breakfast Bake

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Feb 18, 2013

Broccoli Breakfast Bake

So funny story about how this casserole came about.  

Last weekend I was so excited to try an English Muffin Egg Casserole recipe that I found that I actually got up early and went to the grocery store... in the snow... alone with the baby and got all of the ingredients that I needed to make the recipe that I had found.

I came home and put everything together and let it sit in the fridge like the recipe said for over and hour.  Then I put it in the oven and baked it exaclty how the directions said and ... well, mine didn't turn out that good. 

The idea was good, eggs, cheese, canadian bacon but we didn't like the kind of soggy muffins in it.

We didn't give up.  Everyone put in their suggestions on how they thought it could be better and here's what we came up with as a family:
  • My husband wanted the eggs cooked before putting them into the casserole.  He just didn't like the texture of the eggs poured directly over everything
  • Our breakfast guest said he'd remove the English Muffins and replace them with tator tots
  • My daughter thought green onions would be a nice addition
  • And I wanted a veggie in it and thought broccoli would compliment the Canadian Bacon 

So that's how our Broccoli Breakfast Casserole was created.  We changed just about everything from the original recipe and ended up coming up with something new and yummy!

Isn't it fun creating in the kitchen!

Broccoli Breakfast Bake Ingredients
2 cups frozen tator tots
2 cups (approximately) frozen broccoli
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey / Colby Jack cheese
6 oz canadian bacon, chopped
6 strips of regualr bacon (we used the Kirkland pre-cooked bacon from Costco to make it faster)
4 green onions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon butter + 1 teaspoon for buttering your casserole dish

Preheat your oven to 375°.

Place your frozen tator tots in the bottom of a buttered 11x7 casserole dish so they won't stick.  Sprinkle the tots with the seasoned salt and cook in the oven for 20 minutes while you are preparing, chopping and shredding the other ingredients.

Meanwhile, cook your broccoli in a microwave dish with 2 tablespoons water and covered with plastic wrap.  Cook for 6 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.  When done cooking, remove from microwave, drain liquid and chop broccoli into pieces.  

Scramble your eggs with the garlic and onion powder using a whisk or hand mixer.  Cook in a large skillet until eggs are done.  Don't overcook because they still have to cook in the oven for a bit too!

Remove your casserole dish from the oven and layer in the following manner:
  1. Tator Tots
  2. Eggs
  3. Broccoli
  4. Canadian Bacon
  5. Cheese
  6. Green Onions 

After you assemble the casserole you'll want to put it back in the oven to allow the cheese to melt.  Keep an eye on it because you don't want the cheese to burn.  It should take just about 15 minutes until it starts to bubble and then you'll know it's done.  

While your casserole is cooking and the cheese is melting you can add your bacon to a cookie sheet and place on the bottom rack of the oven and cook until crisp, about 4-5 minutes.  Remove from oven, pat the grease off with a napkin and chop the bacon for the last topping that you'll add when your casserole comes out. 

Shauna's Tips
I added salsa to the top of my Broccoli Breakfast Bake when I dished it up this morning and it was SO GOOD!

Hope you enjoy it!

 We've been busy sharing this recipe on many different blog link parties! For a complete list of where we like to party please visit the "Link Parties" tab at the top of the page :)

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At February 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks really delicious. I would never think to have egg and broccoli together in the morning but it is something I will try.

At February 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Nupur said...

Wonderful Bake.. Just too good to be true. I dont like broccoli in any other thing apart from these cheesy bakes, another excuse to have Cheese I reckon ;)

So glad to be your new follower here.. See you around :)

At February 18, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You sound like me Kym... I'll try (almost) anything once, lol! Hope you like it :)

At February 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for following and leaving a comment today!

I'm with you... cheesy bakes are the best. Cheese just seems to make everything better, lol!

At February 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

We love egg bakes, but I never thought to add tater tots!! What a great idea!!!!

At February 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Jocelyn!

At February 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Broccoli for breakfast? Who would have thought?! I love broccoli, though, so I'm all for it.

I'd be tickled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

At February 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Looks like a great breakfast for family mornings. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker! Hope to see you there again on Monday night!.

At February 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the invite Lauren! I went and linked up and also added your button to my Link Parties Page :)

Hope you'll stop back by this weekend for my link party that runs from Fri-Sun @The Weekend re-Treat!

Hope to see you there!

At February 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I'll definitely be back! Love your parties :)

At February 26, 2013 at 2:50 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I just pinned this and am a new follower. :-) I am visiting from Marvelous Mondays Linky Party and look forward to seeing more of your posts! Thanks!

At February 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by Faith and pinning while you were here :) Thanks for clicking from the Marvelous Monday's Link Party and following too!

At February 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM , Blogger said...

Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

Ginger @

At February 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for featuring me Ginger! I just added your button to my "Where I've Been Featured Page"!

Hope you have a great week!

At March 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Miz Helen said...

What an interesting Breakfast Bake, I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

At March 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Michelle Carvalho said...

Wow this sounds yummy!!
Thanks for linking up to our Crafty Thursday Obsessions linky party, hope to see you this week :)

At March 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Miz Helen!

At March 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Michelle!

At March 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Mommie to 3 Things said...

I was just wondering how long you bake the casserole after you add everything and put it back in the oven... I saw the 4-5 mins for the bacon, but wasn't sure if it was the same for the casserole. Thanks! :)

At March 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my goodness... I'm such a dork. I did forget to list the cook time on the casserole after you assemble it and put it back in the oven. I'll go and update it right now, but in the meantime you'll want to cook it for about 15 minutes, or until all of the cheese is melted and just starts to turn brown. That way it won't be burned on the top. I hate it when my cheese burns :( Then you'll want to sprinkle your cooked bacon on the top of the casserole once it comes out of the oven.

Thanks for stopping by and catching that for me!

At March 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM , Blogger Mommie to 3 Things said...

Thanks! :) I did 15 and it came out perfect for our Breakfast for Dinner tonight!


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