September 28, 2011

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

My husb loves his food all mixed up. Its not really my thing, but this breakfast casserole was really good.

Best part? It cooked itself - overnight! Nothing like waking up on a Saturday to an already made breakfast :)

What you'll need:
A dozen eggs
A bag of frozen hashed brown potatoes
Jimmy Dean sausage (we used HOT!)
Tomato (1-2)
Red Onion
Shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese
A littttle milk
Salt & Pepper

 What to do:
Brown the sausage in a pan. Chop the onion. Dice the tomato. Whisk up your carton of eggs w/ a splash of milk. And start layering all the ingredients in a slow cooker (I sprayed w/ non-stick stuff first, just in case!) but save the egg/milk mixture til the end...

So, layer half of the potatoes + half the browned sausage + half of the tomatoes and onion + half a bag of each shredded cheese + a few dashes of salt, pepper and oregano...

 After you repeat the layering, pour the egg/milk mixture over the contents of the slow cooker as evenly as possible. Throw whatever is left of the shredded cheese on top -- and any other cheese remnants you find in your fridge if you have a cheese-loving husband like mine!
That's it for the prep! How easy?! Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours... and when you wake up, your house will smell de-lish and you can roll out of bed to find this waiting for you:
Confession: We slept in way late, and this was left in the slow cooker on low for much longer than I care to admit. The cheese on the edges got a little burnt, but luckily we're weird and like burnt cheese ;) Really though, I wouldn't leave this in the crock pot on low any longer than you have to. It was awesome regardless - but would have been even better had we got our lazy butts out of bed at a decent hour.

Disclaimer: This makes so. much. food. We ate it on Saturday. Again on Sunday. And Andrew kept eating it for at least 3 days after that. You could just as easily half this recipe and bake it in a casserole dish for 30 or so minutes rather than slow cooking it if you didn't intend to feed an army. Or..... a family of 2 for a week. I think taking out the crock pot aspect sort of takes the fun out of the recipe - my opinion - but do whatcha want!

Self-cooking Saturday morning breakfasts -- file this recipe under: SUCCESS! Perfect weekend bfast for a hungry husb and a lazy, sleepy wife. 

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