Have family staying with you over the Christmas holidays? Who wants to be in the kitchen cooking on Christmas morning? After all, there are presents under the tree waiting to be unwrapped and fun times with family to be enjoyed. This crowd-pleasing breakfast casserole made in a slow cooker is your make-ahead solution to an easy Christmas morning meal. Instead of spending the morning standing over the stove, assemble this in your slow cooker the night before, and wake up to the savory smell of sausage wafting through your home and a hearty, home-cooked meal ready to enjoy.
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This breakfast casserole packs several favorite breakfast foods—sausage, hash browns and eggs—all into one comforting dish. Opt for mild sausage if you’ve got picky eaters to feed, and use whatever cheese you prefer. Serve with crispy bacon and fresh orange sections or an easy fruit salad, if desired.
For best results, make sure your hash browns are good and frozen. (Don’t be tempted to use diced.) You will need to break them up a bit so that you can spread them out when you’re making the layers. Be sure your sausage is good and crumbly so it can be evenly distributed. Our recipe calls for three layers rather than just dumping everything in the slow cooker. The layers ensure the very best results.
- 1 (16-oz) pkg Italian-style ground pork sausage (or use mild sausage)
- 2 bell peppers (any color), diced
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1 (30-oz) bag frozen shredded hash browns
- 2 cups shredded Italian six-cheese blend (or use Cheddar)
- 12 large eggs
- 11/4 cups whole milk
- ¾ tsp seasoned salt
- ¾ tsp seasoned pepper
- Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring 8 to 10 minutes or until browned and crumbly; drain well.
- Combine bell peppers and green onions in a bowl.
- Place one-third of hash browns in a greased 5- or 6-quart slow cooker; top with one-third each of sausage, bell pepper mixture and cheese. Repeat layers twice.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over layers in slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or until eggs are set.
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– Text by Jessica Cox, RD