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Overnight Bacon and Cheese Croissant Casserole

Easy-to-make Bacon and Cheese Croissant Casserole – a winning twist on classic breakfast recipes. Layers of buttery crescent rolls, crispy bacon, and gooey cheddar cheese create a stress-free and delicious breakfast casserole. Ideal for brunch or a quick morning treat, it stands out for its simplicity and taste. Imagine waking up to the tempting aroma of bacon, egg, and cheese – a truly satisfying and delightful start to your day!

Bacon Egg Cheese Casserole

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Ingredients:

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Instant Pot Bacon and Cheese Croissant Casserole (Pot-in-Pot Method)

Equipment:
 


Instructions:
 

Prepare Ingredients:

  • Cook the bacon until crispy and chop it in a food processor until it is bite-sized.

  • Cut one can of crescent rolls into 1-inch pieces.

Layer in Oven-Safe Dish:

  • Grease an oven-safe dish that fits inside your Instant Pot. Layer the chopped crescent rolls on the bottom.

Add Bacon and Cheese:

  • Sprinkle the processed bacon over the crescent rolls. Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese.

Whisk Egg Mixture:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour Egg Mixture:

  • Pour the egg mixture over the layers in the oven-safe dish.

  • Unroll Remaining Crescent Rolls:

  • Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and place the strips over the top, creating a lattice pattern.

Prepare Instant Pot:

  • Add 1 to 1.5 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside.

Use Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Method:

  • Place the oven-safe dish with the casserole ingredients on the trivet inside the Instant Pot.

Pressure Cook:

  • Close the Instant Pot lid, seal the vent, and set it to pressure cook on high for about 25 minutes.

Natural Release:

  • Allow for a natural release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.

Garnish and Serve:

  • If desired, garnish the casserole with chopped green onions. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing. Serve warm.

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Oven Baked (overnight) 
 Bacon and Cheese Croissant Casserole 

You can make this Bacon and Cheese Croissant
Casserole the night before and then bake it in the morning.
Here's how you can do it:

Prepare the Casserole:

  • Follow the recipe instructions up to the point where you would normally bake the casserole.

Cover and Refrigerate:

  • Once you've assembled the casserole in the baking dish, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Refrigerate Overnight:

  • Place the covered casserole in the refrigerator overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and makes the morning preparation quick and easy.

Bake in the Morning:

  • When you're ready to bake the casserole in the morning, preheat the oven and remove the dish from the refrigerator.

Bring to Room Temperature:

  • Let the casserole come to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. This helps it bake more evenly.

Bake as Directed:

  • Follow the original baking instructions in the recipe. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time to ensure the center is fully cooked.

Instructions:

Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Prepare Crescent Rolls:

  • Cut one can of crescent rolls into 1-inch pieces. Layer the bottom of the greased baking dish with these round pieces.

Unroll the Remaining Crescent Rolls:

  • Unroll the second can of crescent rolls. Instead of cutting them into quarters, make strips from the unrolled dough.

Layer the Casserole:

  • Place the round pieces of crescent rolls as the first layer in the baking dish. Add a layer of crumbled bacon over the crescent rolls.

Prepare Egg Mixture:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and heavy cream until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add Egg Mixture:

  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the layers in the baking dish.

Add Cheese:

  • Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheddar cheese over the bacon and egg mixture.

Layer with Strips:

  • Now, layer the casserole with the strips of unrolled crescent rolls, creating a lattice pattern.

More Cheese and Bacon:

  • Add another layer of shredded cheese over the lattice of crescent strips. Top it off with additional crumbled bacon.

Bake Covered (First Half of Cooking):

  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for the first 20-25 minutes.

Remove Foil (Second Half of Cooking):

  • Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Garnish (Optional):

  • If desired, garnish the casserole with chopped green onions for added flavor and color.

Serve:

  • Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before slicing. Serve warm, and enjoy your Bacon and Cheese Croissant Casserole!

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Variations Breakfast Casseroles

Bacon, Mushroom, and Swiss Croissant Casserole
  • Elevate the classic with earthy mushrooms and nutty Swiss cheese for a savory and satisfying twist.

Ham and Broccoli Croissant Casserole
  • Replace bacon with diced ham and add broccoli florets for a hearty and wholesome breakfast casserole.

Cheddar and Jalapeño Croissant Casserole

  • Infuse some heat by adding diced jalapeños to the egg mixture and layering with sharp cheddar cheese.

Tomato and Basil Croissant Casserole
  • Introduce freshness with layers of ripe tomatoes and aromatic basil, creating a delightful flavor combination.

Chicken, Spinach, and Feta Croissant Casserole
  • Transform it into a brunch delight by adding cooked chicken, fresh spinach, and crumbled feta for a Mediterranean touch.

Sausage and Peppers Croissant Casserole

  • Swap bacon for crumbled breakfast sausage and add colorful bell peppers for a savory and vibrant breakfast dish.

Caprese Croissant Casserole
  • Capture the essence of a Caprese salad by layering sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil for a light and refreshing option.

Mexican Breakfast Croissant Casserole
  • Spice things up with a mix of chorizo, black beans, and Mexican cheese, creating a flavorful south-of-the-border experience.

Smoked Salmon and Dill Croissant Casserole
  • Add a touch of elegance by incorporating smoked salmon and fresh dill, perfect for a brunch or special occasion.

Apple and Cinnamon Croissant Casserole
  • Turn it into a sweet breakfast treat by layering sliced apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon, reminiscent of a warm apple pie.

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