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Eggs Benedict Casserole

28 Dec

Last weekend, Hubby and I took the boys out for a morning surprise.  This year, we have been all about surprising the kids with out-of-the-blue outings.  They love the unexpected discovery of a Minivan Express ticket (idea via Pinterest, my current addiction), signaling that they have 10 minutes to don their coats, shoes, and dash into our minivan for an unheralded adventure.

Hey, if I have to drive a minivan, I’m gonna make it fun.

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Our most recent adventure included a stopover with Santa and his elves.  Then, we headed out to brunch.  One of my sweet boys, knowing me so well, scanned the menu for Eggs Benedict – my all-time favorite breakfast dish.

Eggs Benedict Casserole 2

Eggs Benedict is awesome for breakfast/brunch at a restaurant, but not exactly the quickest thing to whip up at home.  Not for me, at least, because I am not a morning person.  SO not.  Which is why I jumped with excitement when I found this Eggs Benedict Casserole that can be assembled the night before and baked when you need it!

Eggs Benedict Casserole 3

This Eggs Benedict casserole is full of savory goodness.  Tasty and delish!   It won’t be exactly like classic Eggs Benedict, of course, because the eggs here are fully cooked.  This is more like an egg bake that includes the players of Eggs Benedict:  Canadian bacon, English muffins, eggs, and homemade Hollandaise sauce.  I haven’t tried packet sauces, but I’m sure that would work in a pinch also.

Enjoy your mornings!

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RECIPE (one 9×13 dish)

INGREDIENTS

1 lb Canadian bacon (ham works, too) – chopped
6 English muffins, split and cut into 1-inch pieces
8 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 TB onion powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
fresh chopped parsley for garnish

For the Sauce:
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1-2 TB lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup melted butter
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Grease a 9×13 baking dish.  Place half of the Canadian bacon in bottom of dish.  Top with English muffins.  Follow with remaining Canadian bacon.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, onion powder, kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Pour evenly over top of casserole.  Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Remove casserole from fridge at least 30 minutes prior to baking and preheat oven to 375F.   Sprinkle casserole evenly with paprika.  Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes on lower middle rack.  Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until the center is done.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired.

Meanwhile, make the sauce:  In a double broiler or metal bowl over simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water), constantly whisk together egg yolks, heavy cream, lemon juice, mustard, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Continue whisking until sauce is thick enough to coat back of spoon.  Reduce heat to low.  Drizzle in melted butter, whisking constantly.  Add more salt/pepper if needed. Serve sauce immediately with casserole.  (If sauce stands too long and gets too thick, add a bit of hot water to thin out, 1 tsp as needed.)

Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from Taste of Home

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31 Responses to “Eggs Benedict Casserole”

  1. gottagetbaked December 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    OMG I’m drooling all over my keyboard! This looks sooooo good. I love dishes that can be prepped the night before and simply popped into the oven in the morning. I can’t wait to make this!

  2. Conor Bofin December 29, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Very inventive indeed. It looks lovely.
    Best,
    Conor

  3. delishthoughts December 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    this looks so good!!

  4. Fika and more December 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Oh, how good does that sound!! Love Eggs Benedict! And the minivan express ticket sounds like lots of fun too, will try to remember that for when the kids are a bit older 🙂

  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    What a fun spin on the classic! Love that you can make it the nigh before!

  6. petit4chocolatier December 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Brilliant and delicious!!

  7. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 31, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I have no problem waking up to this! YUM!

  8. Allison Day January 3, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Oh, yum! I love eggs benedict too, but I’ve always hesitated to make them at home. (I, too, am SO not a morning person.) This sounds like an excellent way to get my fix! 😀

  9. Amy January 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Wow, what an awesome idea. I absolutely love eggs benedict so I’ll definitely give this a try!

  10. dce88 January 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Eggs Benedict is my absolute favorite breakfast (especially with champagne) and this looks like a great new twist. Although I do like my runny yolks…

  11. diane January 25, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    made it for christmas morning , big success, used the hollandaise mix

    • Jean Gallo February 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      did you toast the english muffins first or leave them untoasted ?

      • chewoutloud February 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

        They were untoasted 🙂

  12. Anjo Angela Lim January 28, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. Who could (or even would) ever say no to a slice of this? Okay, probably me. And the only reason is I would prefer the whole pan, rather than just a ONE wimpy slice. 😉 This is brilliant Amy!

  13. Bill February 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    geez…..7 pages when you hint the print button……thanks, you recipe could cost a tree. I was so disgusted I look for similar recipes and printed on the back of yours.

    • Debbie Ewing February 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      If you click on the source taste of home it’s only a 2 page recipe

    • Jean Gallo February 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      what i do when i want to print is i highlight and copy it and put it on a notepad file and shrink it to one page the way i want it to fit

    • coast mom March 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      If you’re so worried about it don’t print it, pull it up on your ipad. It’s not her fault you’re computer skills aren’t good enough to figure out how to get it on one page.

  14. linda February 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    couldn’t get recipe to print.

  15. Lena Anderson March 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I’m about to make this, hope it turns out as good as yours did!

  16. Sherry May 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I bet you could make it more like the real deal if you just cracked the eggs whole over the dish. Also you can make the sauce the night before. It nooks well. Not sure why it’s been cooked for so long but I think I will try this with the eggs whole.

    • chewoutloud May 14, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      That sounds great, Sherry. Would love to know how that turns out! 🙂

  17. Miranda May 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    I will be bringing this to a brunch potluck next week! I love eggs benedict!

  18. Kim June 3, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    Did you mean 1/2 cup of milk? Or 475 degrees? I followed your directions and was left with a soupy mess. I then turned up the oven to 400 degrees and cooked it for 25 more minutes and it was still soupy. I couldn’t cook it any longer because i had to go to work so i have a soggy casserole in my fridge. Please let me know.

    • chewoutloud June 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Oh, no, Kim! I double checked the amounts and ingredients, and it is correct. Wonder why yours didn’t firm up – did you use 6 whole English muffins…which results in 12 split slices. Did the casserole sit overnight and soak up the liquids? Did it get to sit at room temp for a minimum of 30 minutes, to let it “warm up” a bit before baking? Was oven fully pre-heated before putting the casserole in? Those are the variables I can think of for now. If all these things are consistent, it should definitely bake up well. 🙂

      • Kim June 4, 2013 at 5:36 am #

        Well my husband discovered that the heating element on my oven isn’t working properly. 😦 sorry I didn’t notice it earlier. Guess I will have to try again once he gets the oven fixed. Thanks!

  19. Lena Anderson June 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I made this as per this recipe and had I’d known, I would have used LESS milk, kept the eggs whole, perhaps browned up the Canadian bacon and toasted the English muffins before combining it. Aside from that though, I added some shredded cheese and it was okay. Thanks for the inspiration!

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