Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast CasseroleTwo weeks ago I announced a pretty sweet contest here on my blog. West Bend Housewares (who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year) gave me one of their Versatility 6 Quart Slow Cookers to give away to a lucky DudeFoods reader. I was amazed to receive well over 100 entries, and even though I wish I could go all Oprah on you guys and give a slow cooker to everyone who submitted a recipe I had to pick one winner, and that winner is Courtney C. who submitted a recipe for breakfast casserole. West Bend Housewares was even cool enough to hook me up with a Versatility Slow Cooker as well so I could make the winning recipe, and this past weekend I did just that.

Why did I pick her submission as the winner? A few different reasons actually. First of all, I absolutely LOVE breakfast food. Second, it was fairly straightforward and didn’t require many ingredients. I’m all for trying new things, but no offense, I wasn’t about to go out and buy a ton of spices just to make the winning recipe. Aside from that though the sausage and bacon in the breakfast casserole needed to be pre-cooked, which gave me an opportunity to try out the fact that the heating base of the slow cooker also doubles as a griddle.

You don’t even have to eat the dish like a regular casserole if you don’t want to. In the past 24 hours I’ve eaten one chunk with just a fork like you would with a normal casserole, I ate some more of it between two pieces of toast like a sandwich and then ate even more of it wrapped up in a tortilla with sour cream.

Interested in making your own breakfast casserole? Here’s the winning recipe:

Ingredients:
1 bag (32 ounce size) frozen southern style hash brown potatoes
1 pound bacon cut into pieces, fried and drained
1 pound sausage, crumbled, browned and drained
1/2 cup diced onions
1 green bell pepper diced
3/4 pound cheddar cheese (the recipe called for diced, but I used shredded cheese and it worked just fine)
12 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
salt & pepper

Preparation:
Layer the frozen potatoes, bacon, sausage, onions, green pepper and cheese in the slow cooker in two or three layers. Finish up with cheese on top. Beat the eggs, milk and mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour over the whole mixture. Cook on low for eight to ten hours.

Congrats Courtney! Your slow cooker is in the mail!

15 Comments on Breakfast Casserole

  1. Christina
    August 1, 2011 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    Yum! I wouldnt have expected a breakfast casserole as a slow cooker recipe… great idea!

    Reply
    • John
      February 28, 2012 at 6:42 am (2 years ago)

      Boy scouts has used this recipe for years in dutch ovens still as good as in crock pot. For a little change add 1 dozen scrambled eggs under cheese.

      Reply
  2. Ben the Crock Pot King
    August 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Nick,
    I love the article well written my friend, straight, and to the point!!! Bravo! First time to the site. I roamed a little bit. And I love it!!! And to Courtney C. whatever you do please please please keep putting more recipes, my site is called Crock Pot King, and is more geared to saving time for people, if you have more recipes, like this. Just shout at me, and I’ll put it up.
    To both of you!!! Bravo!
    Not to mention but the Versatility 6 Quart Slow Cooker, gets a thumbs up!

    P.S.
    I’ve already bookmarked your post.
    Thanks,
    Ben

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    • Nick
      August 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I just checked out your site a bit and I’ll most certainly be using some of the recipes and tips that you’ve posted now that I have my sweet West Bend slow cooker!

      Reply
  3. DennyW
    August 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm (3 years ago)

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    Louie Mack’s Restaurant – Lakeland, FL

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    Reply
    • Nick
      August 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Your outdoor patio looks amazing, and the menu sounds delicious! I’ll definitely make it a point to stop by if I’m ever down there!

      Reply
  4. Bonnie
    July 22, 2012 at 11:16 am (2 years ago)

    where is the “PRINT” button?

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  5. Lena
    August 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I just discovered your link AFTER I made an attempt at breakfast casserole from another site. I decided I would make a version of this for my “lumberjack” boyfriend and his crew. I didn’t use bacon, but that may be the trick…(as I said, I only discovered you after my lame attempt ha ha). Also, question for you…my poor boyfriend has an aversion to onions. Any suggestions?

    Keep your ideas coming. You may be my life line from now on…
    Lena

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    • Nick
      August 2, 2012 at 12:39 am (2 years ago)

      You could probably just skip the onions altogether and it would be just as good I’d bet.

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  6. Victoria
    January 29, 2013 at 8:14 am (1 year ago)

    Hi! I found your site by accident and am so glad I did. I just tried a french toast casserole and it wasn’t that good. So, I’m eager to try this. I have a question – do you think hot Italian sausage would be good in this recipe? That’s the only sausage I have on hand at this time. Thanks again for posting this. It looks fabulous!

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    • Nick
      January 29, 2013 at 8:55 am (1 year ago)

      Yeah, I’m sure it would taste great with hot Italian sausage!

      Reply
  7. G
    February 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Could this recipe be made in a smaller crockpot? Or, what I’m really asking is: can it be made for two, or all ingredients halved? Any idea how long a smaller CP would take to cook this on ‘low’?
    Thanks!

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    • Nick
      February 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm (1 year ago)

      Yeah, I’m sure it could, but I have no idea how long it would take to cook.

      Reply
  8. Missi
    June 18, 2013 at 9:19 am (10 months ago)

    I made this for the guys at work last week and it disappeared in no time! It’s easy, delicious and so much nicer than having to cook first thing in the morning! I did think that the 10 hours was a little too long, the eggs were a bit on the dry side. Next time I’ll check it after 7.

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  9. shonni
    October 31, 2013 at 10:54 am (6 months ago)

    How far ahead can you make this casserole . . . . ?
    Thank you,
    Shonni

    Reply

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