Make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake skillet

Whether you’re serving 2 people or a crowd, it can’t get easier than this make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake skillet! 15 minutes of prep time tops!
Whether you're serving 2 people or a crowd, it can't get easier than this make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake skillet! 15 minutes of prep time tops!

Monday to friday I’m an oatmeal, banana and peanut butter kind of breakfast girl. It fuels me enough to get through the morning craziness. Although, on rare occasions I may make frittata or a breakfast casserole, most of the time I leave the baking for weekend mornings. Scones, cookies and cinnamon rolls are a few of my family’s favorite weekend breakfast treats.

When I’m looking for a satisfying breakfast meal that’s good warm or cold anytime of the day, I rely on egg dishes like this vegetable and bacon egg bake.

After all, you can’t go wrong with a warm and delicious meal made shredded potatoes, colorful carrots, peas, zucchini, green onions, bacon, smoked cheese and of course eggs! Make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake skillet recipe from

One of my favorite breakfast combo may be eggs and potatoes, but what makes this breakfast bake extra special is the addition of the colorful carrots smoked cheese and bacon! Unlike my three cheese caramelized onion and bacon frittata where the bacon cooks in the same time as the eggs, for this recipe you have to cook the bacon in advance. Maybe you have some leftover from these rosemary, potato and bacon biscuits.

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I’m in love with smoked cheese and I can eat some every single day. Love the subtle smokiness it gives to dishes. If you do not have smoked cheddar cheese, you can use your favorite semi-hard cheese.

If you don’t feel like shredding potatoes (although you only need like 2 potatoes) you can use frozen shredded hash browns but I think it’s worth the time and effort you put into shredding your own potatoes.

Make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake skillet

In addition to the potatoes, bacon, cheese and eggs, you’ll also need peas, zucchini, carrots and  green onions.

I got some colorful carrots from the farmers market and sneaked some in this recipe as well. Eat the rainbow, right? Or course you can use just orange carrots if that’s what you have. Keep in mind carrots need a little more time to cook, so slice them very thinly.

Zucchini, just like peas, cook the fastest so I sliced them a little thicker using my OXO mandoline, of course!

Once you have all your vegetables shredded, cut or sliced all it takes to make this egg breakfast bake is to mix them with the eggs and evaporated milk. Bake and serve!

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try may it be this weekend or next time you have overnight guests. Like you see, it’s really easy to make it.

Make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake recipe

Whether you're serving 2 people or a crowd, it can't get easier than this make-ahead vegetable and bacon egg bake skillet! 15 minutes of prep time tops!


  • 1 1/2 cups shredded potatoes, rinsed and well drained
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup finely sliced or shredded carrots (preferable a mix or orange, white and purple carrots)
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced or finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
  • 4-6 bacon strips, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (optional)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Grease a 10" cast iron skillet or a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the potatoes, peas, carrots, zucchini, green onions, garlic, bacon and 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  3. Arrange the mixture in the prepared skillet or baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the evaporated milk, pepper, and salt. Stir in the remaining cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the potato mixture.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight or bake immediately.
  6. Heat the oven to 350F.
  7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Happy Baking,


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  1. says

    Looks good- reminds me of a Gordon Ramsay frittata recipe from one of his cookbooks. One question about it, though- I’ve never used evaporated milk in a frittata before; is it to make the custard thicker than usual?


    • says

      Hi Katie,

      The use of evaporated milk tip i got it from an old issue of all recipes magazine. it gives the frittata a little extra something. You could use milk instead, or even half-and-half

  2. Alysan says

    Love make ahead recipes. Great for entertaining weekend guests. Thanks Roxana for the new recipe for my family.

  3. kate says

    you mentioned if you dont have smoked cheddar than use normal cheddar.we just have everyday farm cheese cheddaris this ok?
    i imagine though that smokey flavour is quite vital to getting the real delsih of this dish so what can i do about that?xx

    • says

      Hi Kate,

      Yes, you can use cheddar cheese or even your favorite semi-hard cheese (gouda, colby). And yes, the dish won’t have the smoky flavor but it will still be good.

  4. Beverly says

    This is a beautiful dish! I believe I’m seeing a few slices of cherry tomatoes on the top. Do you add those to the rest of the vegetables or just sprinkle a few on after baking?

    • says

      Hi Beverly,

      The slices of cherry tomatoes on top are sprinkled over once the skillet is out of the oven. The same for the fresh herbs.

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