Bacon Breakfast Pizza
This is part of my Oh My Bacon Grease! Series. To see how it all began, click here.
I’m working on filling up my bacon grease jar today so I followed my mother’s advice and decided to make her breakfast pizza, starring bacon. In it’s original form, this recipe could feed an army. Literally. Mama made it on those mornings my dad or brother had friends over getting ready to go fishing, camping, canoeing, you name it. I made it a bit smaller but still large enough to feed company. If you like, you can use the small can of crescent rolls and half everything else to make it an 8×8.
After I post this I’ll be hitting the ground running. We already have crepe paper twisted and draped in the living room and kitchen. Balloons in a rainbow of colors litter our living room floor and the layers of my son’s soon-to-be-lego cake are waiting for me to decorate on the kitchen counter (I’ll post pictures on Facebook). That’s right folks, my son went and got another year older despite my pleas not to. He turned eleven yesterday and we’re having a slumber party with his cousins tonight (all boys – the cupboards will be bare by morning!).
Yesterday when he woke up we had the den all decorated and little strips of crepe paper hanging from his door. He came out with a huge grin on his face and we all sang as he blew out the candle in his birthday biscuit – an old family tradition. We spent the day together and ended it by seeing the Star Wars exhibit at the US Space & Rocket Center which I feel quite certain would be really something for anyone with the slightest interest in Star Wars or anyone who had watched just one of the movies – since I don’t fit into either one of those categories I am happy to report that it is also fun for mothers who want some pictures of their kids having a good time.
So today as I rush around (and squeeze in an eye exam for my little girl who will surely pick the loudest colored eyeglass frames available) I’m feeling all nostalgic and emotional. My babies are growing up. Katy Rose even has the nerve to start Kindergarten this year. For eleven years I’ve had a baby at home and now they are both going off and having little lives of their own. They’re growing up on me and no one will listen when I try to stop it. ~sighs~
Thank goodness they come back home when I set the dinner table. A Mama’s secret weapon .
You’ll need: frozen shredded hash browns(can use cubed), shredded cheddar, eggs…
You can also add your favorite things into this. Veggies, sausage, different cheeses, have fun with it!
and bacon of course!
Go ahead and fry that up.
You know, you can cook up a few packages of bacon at once and just store the cooked bacon in the refrigerator to make meal prep easier. When I do this, I try to use mine within a few days.
Open your can of crescent rolls and place them evenly in the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch pan.
Eh, that looks even enough for me.
Spread your hash browns over them. The hash browns are still frozen, don’t worry about thawing them.
Salt and pepper to taste if you like. I’d start with about 1/2 teaspoon of each.
Crack all of your eggs in a bowl and beat them up well.
Pour the eggs over your hash browns.
Now that your bacon is done, crumble it up a bit and sprinkle over the top of your eggs.
Bake this in an oven at 35o for about 45 minutes, or until set in the center.
Sprinkle cheese over the top and return to oven just until cheese melts.
Now for the good part! Lets preserve all of that miraculous substance that is bacon grease, or drippings if you prefer.
I let mine cool in the skillet first, then pour it into a mason jar.
Now a lot of people strain off their grease but I actually scrape the pan just to get all of the little bits in mine. Then, when I’m making cornbread and such I dip my spoon waaaaaaaaaaay down to the bottom so I have the yummy bits in my batter.
A lot of folks have asked how I store my bacon grease. I’ve never seen anyone in my family who didn’t store theirs right on the counter. However, I started storing mine in the refrigerator a few years back. It solidifies but its just fine, you can scoop it out and put it right in the pan when you need it. I find that refrigerated bacon grease is a lot more convenient for me because there is no worry of messy drips when you spoon some out of the jar. If you need liquid bacon grease (like what I add to cornbread batter) you can scoop out what you need and heat it slightly in the microwave. It just takes a few seconds to get it liquified again. Bacon grease can go rancid so storing it in the refrigerator can prolong it’s shelf life considerably.
Tipnut says you can even freeze bacon grease, which I hadn’t thought of before. I guess because I tend to use mine up before I have a surplus. Now that I think about it, though, my goal is to have TWO mason jars full and put one in the freezer. Oh my, what a bounty that would be!
This is my bacon grease jar straight from the fridge, right after I added the new grease on top of the old. We’re getting there!
I think I need to cook some more bacon though…
Bacon Breakfast Pizza, all ready to serve up!
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