When you want to take breakfast to the next level, try this epic bacon weave breakfast casserole! Easy enough to make for weekend breakfast yet fancy enough to make for house guests, serve at a shower or even celebrate special occasions.
Lay 3 pieces of bacon on a lined baking sheet to later be crumbled and mixed in with the eggs. To make the bacon lattice, use the remaining 8 pieces of uncooked bacon. To do this, layout 4 pieces in a row onto the baking sheet, then layer the other 4 pieces on top, perpendicular to the first 4 pieces, leaving some space in between and ultimately forming a square. To weave them, start with the bottom piece of bacon and take it under every other strip of bacon. So it will start over the first strip, then will go under the second strip, over the third, then under the fourth. Move a row up and alternate the weave, starting by going under then over. Finish weaving all 4 pieces of bacon, then straighten as needed so the lattice is flat and square. For thick-cut bacon, bake just the lattice at 400˚for about 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved. Remove from oven and set aside. (For thinner cuts of bacon, bake at 350˚)
While the bacon lattice is cooking in the oven, mix together eggs, cheddar cheese, hash browns a half and half. Season with salt and pepper as desired. If using frozen hash browns, you’ll want to microwave this mixture to reduce cook time. Microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is room temperature.
When bacon is done cooking, remove the 3 separate pieces and chop them into bits. Stir those bits into the egg and hash brown mixture.
Grease an 8x8 square casserole dish with leftover bacon drippings then pour the egg and hasbrown mixture into the dish. Level the surface with a spatula as needed. Bake at 350˚for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are set in the middle. (Cook time may vary depending on how much you heated the egg mixture). Casserole is done when the middle has set. Remove from oven.
Pat the bacon lattice to remove excess grease then carefully slide the lattice onto the top of egg casserole before serving. Garnish with sliced green onions.