Overnight Bacon Egg and Cheese Casserole

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This overnight bacon egg and cheese casserole recipe is the perfect thing to make ahead as a way to save you time the next day in the kitchen. On those days when you don't have the time to spend preparing breakfast, this overnight bacon egg and cheese casserole recipe is a comforting meal the whole family will love. For this casserole recipe, you make your own croutons in an easy recipe that uses cubed bread, butter and olive oil. To make the croutons, heat the butter and oil in a skillet and once melted add in the cubed bread and cook on medium-low while tossing often until they are well browned. Season the croutons with salt and pepper. For the casserole recipe, you will need cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, whole milk, Dijon mustard, pepper, and cooked bacon. To make this casserole recipe the night before, complete all of the steps in the casserole recipe except for topping with bacon. Then cover and refrigerate the casserole overnight. The next morning, you want to remove the casserole from the refrigerator and top with crumbled bacon, then bake.

When it comes to purchasing the eggs for this casserole recipe and other food ideas, there are a few things you'll want to know. You'll want to know which eggs are the freshest, healthiest, and best for the environment. The following are just some of the things you will want to know to be an informed egg buyer. Ignore the color of eggs. The color of the shell is something that is determined by the breed of the hen and has no bearing on the flavor of the egg, the nutrition, or the quality. The egg shell color is also something that has a lot to do with regional preferences with brown eggs being more popular in the Northeast while the majority of the rest of the country favors white egg shells. You want to look closely at the dates. The pack date is required for all USDA-approved eggs, and is the date on which the eggs were inspected, cleaned, and then placed in the egg carton. The pack date is a three-digit code that corresponds to the day of the year, and starts with 001 for January 1 and end with 365 for December 31. You want to keep in mind that while it’s possible that the eggs in the carton were laid within a few days of their pack date, egg producers have up to 30 days to process and then to package the eggs, so the eggs could already be a month old when you purchase them. You can store eggs in the refrigerator for about four to five weeks beyond this pack date.

You want to know what the labels on the carton mean. All-Natural/Farm Fresh eggs are supposed to indicate that the eggs in the package are minimally processed and also contain no added ingredients, but all eggs fit into this description, so this label effectively means nothing. Hormone-Free eggs are mostly just a marketing ploy, since hormone use in hens is illegal in the United States, and all eggs are technically hormone-free. No Antibiotics is another of the misleading terms because most laying hens in the United States are not given antibiotics. Vegetarian-Fed eggs mean that the hens were fed an all-vegetarian diet, which typically consists of a mix of soybeans and corn, without any animal byproducts. However, it also suggests that the chickens were not allowed to spend any time outside, where as natural omnivores, the chickens would feed on bugs and worms.

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