Thursday, January 17

Jalapeno Cheddar and Bacon Breakfast Squares


Breakfast in my house needs to be easy to whip up. Most days it consists of toast, a boiled egg and perhaps a slice of avocado smeared on top.  While my kids live in a world of cold cereal and instant oatmeal. One would think that I would have these crazy spreads laid out for my family considering the way I cook and bake. 



Here's a little Carrie fun fact, I hate mornings. Most nights I am called to by one of the three kids, several times. "MAAAAMMMAA, I need to go pee." Well go pee then! Or " I need water" I gave you water before you went to bed... it's right THERE! Or then there is my 1 year old who still does not sleep thought the night and wakes up crying. I think I am up more than I am asleep. This overtired mom has no time for fancy breakfasts. 


 Since I slack in the breakfast department most days, on occasion I get real crazy and whip up a breakfast casserole or scramble eggs and fry some bacon. This week for my out of the norm breakfast, I made these breakfast squares. They are so easy to make and eat without dirtying a bunch of dishes! Hand held, no forks or plates needed. That's a win for this lazy mom! 

  

 Jalapeno Cheddar and Bacon Breakfast Squares

Ingredients:
4 slices of day old bread
7 eggs
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
4 oz cream cheese room temperature 
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
6 strips crispy fried bacon 
2 jalapeno peppers sliced thin  (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9x9 baking dish. Place 4 slices of bread in the bottom of the dish.

In your electric mixer whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix  in half of your cheddar cheese, then your  eggs one at a time, followed by the milk.  Mix in salt and chili powder. Pour over bread slices. 

Top casserole with the remaining cheddar cheese. Crumble crispy bacon over the top of the casserole and  top with optional jalapeno peppers. 

Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Or until the center stops jiggling and the top has browned. 



Today's recipe was made with Davidson's Safest Choice, pasteurized eggs. 

-Did you know 2.3 million table eggs are positive for Salmonella enteritis?

Salmonella is the #1 deadly food born illness in the US. Most dangerous, to children under the age of 10, pregnant women, the elderly, people with diabetes or others with compromised immune systems

Want to know one way to protect you and your family? Cook with pasteurized eggs. 

Most of us drink pasteurized milk and fruit juices. It's a century old process that   destroys pathogens through simple heat. Pasteurization is an all natural process,  it involves only heat and is chemical free.

Most eggs you buy from your local grocer are NOT pasteurized. Davidson's Safest Choice eggs,  however ARE. You can safely identify the pasteurized eggs from Safest Choice with the "P" stamped on each egg.

Why I love Davidson's Safest Choice?

I can let my kids lick the brownie bowl or steal a chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough. My kids can help even more in the kitchen now that they can safely handle eggs without the risk of food born illness.

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(Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for Davidson's Safest Choice as a member of their Darling Dozen. This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own.)


     
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33 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea for a make-ahead breakfast, Carrie!

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  2. Never heard of those eggs but they look great - I wonder if we can get them here in Dover. I usually grab local farm eggs and if I can't I grab Pete's Organic. These look like another fabulous alternative!

    And two things I love so much? Jalapenos and CHEESE - for breakfast? Yes please!

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    1. Jessica you will be so bummed to know they are not in our area :( The company actually ships me my eggs. BUT if you are in MA at all... you can find them at Whole Foods and a few other of their grocery chains.

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  3. LOL Love your story! Same here, I feel like I am awake more then asleep at night.:) Love this breakfast idea - fast, easy and so delish!

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    1. Ah the life of a mom! I can't wait for the days when they sleep all night and past 6am!

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  4. I am with you on the morning hate. Late nights are so easy, but the minute I have to get up...uuuggghh! Make ahead breakfasts have to happen around my house too. This is such a fun egg casserole and I know my kids would love all the bacon on top.

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    1. I have to get up with these guys at 5am. I HATE IT! Breakfast of champions in this house....

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  5. I would love to wake up in the morning to these! Love the combo of jalapenos and bacon, yum!

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  6. This is my kind of breakfast! It might make getting up easier knowing that this was my breakfast!

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    1. If someone made this for me everyday I'd willingly get up early!

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  7. If it's got bacon in it, it gets me out of bed, and if it's got cheese too, even better --- so yeah, this is a WIN. Yum!

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    1. Bacon is always worth waking up for! Cheese too!

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  8. 5 a.m. is vile. Period. I'm a big fan of make ahead breakfasts--I don't do 6 a.m. well-- so this would be a great, hearty breakfast for me & my guys. They will at least try anything with bacon on it.

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    1. It is! After all these years of waking up that early I can't sleep past 6! But you know this after being my roomie haha.

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  9. I wish we lived next door to each other....I totally would have come over for breakfast! These breakfast squares look seriously amazing!

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    1. We would make great neighbors between the two of us.... we would always have good eats!

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  10. These look great, Carrie! I wonder if I can make them with almond flour bread. I bet I can find a way!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. You absolutely could make these with almond flour bread!

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  11. Jalapenos and cheese first thing in the morning.... i like it. :)

    "Did you know 2.3 million table eggs are positive for Salmonella enteritis?" - what? eww. that is terrible. thank you for educating me!

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    1. It's gross right!? Just holding a raw egg still in it's shell you can contract it. So either be vigilant about hand washing or try Safest Choice eggs ;)

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  12. Love the idea of those eggs...as I'm licking the batter bowl too. And what a great breakfast treat!

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    1. Adults need to lick a brown batter bowl from time to time ;)

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  13. I need this casserole in my life, stat! I love breakfast bakes, especially since you can usually prep it the night before and then just pop it in the oven - so much easier than standing at the stove mixing, frying, etc. I'm definitely not a morning person. It's a miracle if I can hoover down some cereal before racing out of the house to speed to work. I don't even have kids so I have no excuse. I'm in total awe of you for having 3 lil ones, being sleep deprived and still booking/baking up a tantalizing storm for your awesome blog.

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    1. Ah but I don't work outside of the house so I don't have to rush in the am's so my hat goes off to you!

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  14. These look fantastic. My wife has suggested trying these eggs for making things like dressing. We still need to do that!

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    1. YES! They are great for dressings, mayo, meringues.... makes life a little easier!

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  15. So I just have to say this looked so amazing I just had to make it right away! It is fantastic. My bf even liked it and he doesn't like breakfast casserole type things, cause he despises anything mixed into his eggs.

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  16. What a great wake me up! Great protein and I love the bite of spice! Wonderful dish!

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  17. This looks awesome! I love making breakfast strata's so this will be similar but oh so different!

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  18. Make-ahead breakfast casseroles just make life easier. Casseroles with bacon, jalapenos and cheddar...sign me up! This is rising to the top of the list!

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  19. Hang in there Carrie! This too shall pass, and you will sleep better, maybe not ever like you did before you had kids though. I miss the nights of little voices calling me and little hands reaching for me. I even miss the late nights of waiting for all three of my kids to come home safely at night, before I could finally fall asleep without a worry. Now I can finally sleep better, but I would go back in time and do it all over again if I could. Thanks for the great recipes that you post! My family loves jalapenos, i will be making this one soon.

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