This Breakfast Pie is the perfect beginning of a day! It starts with a crust made from hash browns and then filled with bacon, peppers, eggs and cheese. It's hearty, wholesome and delicious and made to be served for a special weekend brunch or even meal prep for the week!
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Pie
Ever wanted pie for breakfast? While this Bacon, Egg, Pepper and Cheese Pie makes it totally acceptable to do so! Although to be fair, I've had my fair share of Cherry Pie or Strawberry Cream Pie for breakfast too. But this pie is made to be for breakfast! It starts with an easy-to-make shredded potato pie crust, and then it's filled with a creamy bacon, cheese and pepper quiche filling. It's creamy and flavorful and unique enough to make it a special treat on the weekend. In our house, we make it on Sunday and my husband takes it to work each day for breakfast! So it definitely works as meal prep too.
Here is What You Need To Make It
- frozen shredded hash browns
- bell pepper
- cheddar cheese
All About That Potato Crust
This hash brown crust couldn't be easier to make! It's primary ingredient is a bag of frozen hash browns that are baked in the oven to form a crust. This crust isn't really comparible to a typical pie crust as it will not stay crisp. It is, though, a delicious component that makes this a healthier, and easy-to-bake pie to serve at breakfast or as meal prep throughout the week.
To make the crust, you simple pour frozen hash browns into a pie container and bake. Halfway through the baking time, when the potatoes are par-cooked, remove from the oven and form the crust carefully with a spoon. Then return back to the oven to finish the baking.
Once it's finished cooking, the bacon, egg and pepper filling is poured into it and the whole thing is baked up!
Tips for Making Breakfast Pie
This Breakfast Pie recipe falls into the quiche category. Recipes for quiche can vary wildly; some having a lot of heavy cream or milk and loads of cheese making them taste very rich; while others are heavier on the eggs making them a bit lighter. This one is a bit on the light side, skipping the cream all together. Instead of relying on the richness of a heavy dose of cream, this pie puts its trust on a good flavor combination and proper seasoning.
Additionally, the best way to bake a quiche is at a low oven temperature of 350ºF (compared to other pies that rise well above that mark). This makes the pie feel a bit more creamy because the eggs don’t puff up as quickly, and it gives the top a smooth finish.
Storing and Reheating Instructions
This pie is great as a way to meal prep breakfast. Properly cool the before before storing in the refrigerator in individual portions. The pie can be heated up either in the microwave or in the toaster oven. It will keep well for about 3-4 days.
As noted above, the potato crust ultimately does not stay crisp on the bottom as a typical pie crust would. But the edges of the potato crust will crisp back up if you reheat in a toaster oven.
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This Breakfast Pie starts with a crust made from hash browns and it's then filled with bacon, peppers, eggs and cheese. It's hearty, wholesome and delicious! Perfect for a special weekend brunch or meal prep for the week!
To make this as meal prep, properly cool the before before storing in the refrigerator in individual portions. The pie can be heated up either in the microwave or in the toaster oven. It will keep well for about 3-4 days. The potato crust ultimately does not stay crisp on the bottom as a typical pie crust would. But the edges of the potato crust will crisp back up if you reheat in a toaster oven.
- Cook Time: 01:20 minutes
- Total Time: 29 minute
- Yield: Serves 6
- Category: Brunch Pie
- Cuisine: Savory
- 16 ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns
- 1-½ teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
- 6 pieces of bacon, sliced
- 1 small onion, diced finely
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup (5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
To Make Potato Crust:
- Preheat an oven to 400ºF.
- Lightly oil a 9″ pie dish.
- Pour frozen hash browns into the pie dish, and sprinkle with another splash of oil, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Toss lightly to combine and then bake as is, in the lower rack for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Using a spoon, carefully form the pie crust by pushing the potatoes up the sides of the pie plate to form the edges. Then, using a spoon push down the potatoes on the bottom of the pie plate until they are nicely compact.
- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fully cooked through.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy, about 5-8 minutes. Drain the excess oil, minus 1 teaspoon.
- Add in the onion and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Whisk together eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Add in cheese, chili, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and whisk together. Stir in the bacon mixture.
- Pour the egg mixture into the baked potato crust.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the eggs are fully set and slightly puffed up, about 30 minutes.
- Let cool 5-10 minute and serve.
- To reheat pie, place in a preheated 350 degree and bake until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
Keywords: Breakfast Pie, Bacon Egg and Cheese Pie
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So good! And what a great idea and technique of using grated hashbrowns as the crust. This one's a keeper.
So happy to hear!
This is such a great recipe! I brought it yesterday to an Easter brunch and everyone loved. A few people even asked me for the recipe. You could easily alter the ingredients to make it to your liking. I left out the bacon because there were vegetarians at brunch. The only thing was, it took probably closer to 40 minutes for my crust’s 2nd stage in the oven. But that’s probably more my oven than the recipe. I actually made the crust early in the morning, then took it to my sister’s house and filled it with the egg mixture then baked it in her oven. The crust did great even with the downtime and travel. I’m going to start prepping this on Sundays to eat for breakfast during the week!