Egg, Butternut Squash and Apple Breakfast Casserole with a Candied Maple Bacon Basket Weave

Happy Monday!

It’s been a great week and an even better weekend. This past weekend was busy. On Saturday I bought a new car and competed in the White Rose Open.. more details to come in a later post. Let’s talk about this glorious breakfast casserole. I’ve been making quiches, fritattas and casseroles on the weekly now because it’s so full of great protein, it’s filling and it saves me so much time during the week. I make a large pan and separate it into servings throughout the week. The only thing I have to do in the morning is pop it in the microwave for about two minutes and if there are leftovers from the week, I just pop the rest in the freezer. Easy peasy. Love it. I actually just had one with a salted caramel mocha from Starbucks. YUM.

What you’ll need: 

Recipe to my crust can be found here:

12 slices of bacon
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

15 eggs
1/2 cup hot sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 black pepper
2 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coarse dried onion
1 tbsp Italian seasoning

2 cups butternut squash, cubed
3 small apples, cored and cubed
3 cups greens (kale, chard or spinach; I used all three)
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
3 large roma tomatoes, halved then sliced into half moon shapes

How you’ll do it: 

1) Preheat oven to 375F.
2) Follow the directions to the crust before proceeding. Use a casserole dish for this.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, spices and hot sauce. Your favorite brand will do, I used a Louisiana hot sauce. Set bowl aside.
4) Evenly layer one third of the greens on top of the crust, then one third of the apples, one third of the squash, one third of the onions and one third of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Repeat until you have run out of ingredients or have reached the top of the pan.
5) Next, pour the egg mixture evenly throughout the pan.
6) Time for the bacon basket weave. This part isn’t as hard as it sounds. Place six slices of bacon horizonally, then flip every other piece, layer one piece of bacon down and place the flipped bacon back down. Repeat for the other pieces of bacon. For better directions.. Please refer to this video tutorial.
7) Once the weave has been made, pour the maple syrup into a small bowl and with a brush, brush the maple syrup onto each slice of bacon.. and be generous about it.
8) Cover the pan with aluminium foil, place the pan onto a baking sheet in case there is any spillage and bake for about 45 minutes.
9) After 45 minutes, uncover the pan and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the bacon is nice and crispy.
10) Now, enjoy that beauty with some additional sauce if you like your food extra spicy like I do.

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