This cheesy egg pie with a crispy bacon topping is a family favorite weekend breakfast and the leftovers make great heat-and-eat quick meals during the week.
Author: Peter | Simple Nourished Living
1sheetfrozen puff pastry, thawed (from 17.3 ounce package - I used Pepperidge Farm brand)
1-1/4cupscups reduced-fat half-and-half
1-1/2cupsreduced fat shredded pepper jack cheese
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place 5 strips of bacon side-by-side, with their edges touching. Arrange the remaining 4 strips perpendicularly, by weaving them over and under the first layer (working with one strip at a time).
Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray and lay the thawed pastry sheet in the bottom and press up the sides. Be sure to trim any excess pastry that overhangs the side (mine fit perfectly without having to remove any excess).
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, cheese, salt and black pepper, until thoroughly mixed. Pour mixture over puff pastry.
Place the bacon and eggs in oven and bake until eggs start to set (with center that jiggles) and bacon begins to brown and crisp, about 15 minutes.
Remove pans from oven and carefully place the bacon weave on top of the eggs, using two spatulas on opposite sides of the bacon.
Return bacon-topped egg pie to oven and continue baking until eggs are completely set and bacon is crispy, about 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to rest at least 10 minutes before serving. Pie will deflate slightly.
Cut into 8 equal pieces and serve.
Try substituting the pepper jack cheese with your favorite reduced fat shredded cheese.
This will work with regular pork bacon too, but be sure to adjust your points accordingly.
Follow the thawing instructions on your package of frozen puff pastry. I set mine on the counter and it was fully thawed in about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can thaw in the refrigerator overnight - this method usually takes about 60 to 8 hours. You can also try thawing in the microwave if in a hurry. (Check your microwave for proper thawing directions.)