Cooking Time:7 hours
IngredientsMeat: 1 lb ham, bacon OR sausage; cooked, degreased and crumbled/diced
1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
16 oz. hash browns, frozen
3/4 cup cheese, shredded (co-jack or cheddar are Crock Pot Girl's favorites)
1/2 cup 2% milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
This recipe for Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole is one of my favorites! The fresh veggies along with hash browns, eggs, cheese and your choice of meat really make it flavorful. For best results, use a Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock or an oval slow cooker. (This may reduce crocking time by 1 hour.)
- Grease a large slow cooker or use a slow cooker liner.
- Layer ingredients starting with frozen hash browns followed by meat, onions, peppers, and cheese.
- Repeat layer twice and top with scallions.
- Beat the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together.
- Pour over the layered ingredients in the slow cooker (ensure everything gets moistened well)
- Cover. Cook on Low for 6-7 hours.
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Can this recipe be doubled for a crock-pot? And if it is, how does that effect the cook time?
Hi Alena, I have not doubled this recipe before but if you decide to do so, please keep us posted on how it goes. You will likely need to increase the cooking time but not the temperature. Happy Crocking!
how many does this recipe serve?
Hi Kym! This recipe serves 4-6 people. If you look at the top-right corner on all our recipes you will see the number of servings and cooking time. Happy Crocking!
I have two questions. First – what type of hash browns does this recipe call for (shredded or cubed)? Second – can this recipe be made without the onion and bell pepper?
I did not use the onion so I will let you know as soon as I try it. I got in the crock pot now.
I think I will try this using the Frozen O’Brien Hash Brown Potatoes that already have the onions and peppers included. Seems like it would save a step with the same desired result. You could also buy the bag of just plain hashbrowns (without the onions and peppers). My preference would be the cubes vs. the shredded kind.
I am wondering if you can substiture frozen potatoes O’Brian for the hash browns. This would eliminate the need to add onion and red pepper.
could I use the dehydrated hashbrowns instead of frozen?? I would like to try this recipe!
Nicole, I have never made it with dehydrated hashbrowns, but when you make it will you please post and let us all know how it turned out! 🙂 Thank you and Happy Crocking!
This sounds delicious! However, I have different sizes of crock pots. Do you use a specific size for all of your recipes? I’d hate to start layering and realize I need a different size…
Hi Marci! This recipe will fit in a 4 qt. crock pot, if your crock pot is smaller, you will just need to adjust the ingredients to make it fit. Good Luck and Happy Crocking!
Hi! I am cooking this overnight for a brunch tomorrow. Do you know if it’s ok if it sits for a few hours after it’s been cooked??
Hi Lindsay – I think it will be fine and would suggest keeping it on warm. You may also want to put a paper towel below the lid to absorb any moisture that builds up on the lid. Happy Crocking!
Thank you for the quick response! Also- if you double or triple the recipe, do you have to cook it longer?
Thanks so much for the great recipe! I cannot wait to try it. Quick question, is there a way to use dehydrated hash browns instead of frozen ones? Thanks again!
Hi Ashley! I have never tried the dehydrated ones, but if you do try it please post back and let us know so we can let others know your results! Thanks for the question, and Happy Crocking!
I have a 6 qt crock pot….is that too big for this recipe?? :o)
Hello Nicole, A rule of thumb is that a crock pot should be 1/2 to 3/4 full to crock properly. I have made this in my larger crock pot and it turned out fine, but it also depends on the crock pot. If your crock pot crocks hot, you may want to shorten the time, and if you have a programmable crock pot it will turn itself to warm, and it will be delish! Thanks for the question, and Happy Crocking!
Can you make this the night before and place in fridge and then place in the crock pot?
Hi Karen! I do this all the time, but you want to make sure you let the crock sit out of the refrig for about an hour, so it will warm some to room temperature as I have heard that some have cracked their crocks by just placing it directly into the crock pot! Thanks for the great question and Happy Crocking!
WOW! Sounded great and I was interested until I saw the calories, sodium and calories from fat. Is there a way to make it less dangerous?
Hi Yvonne! This is actually an easier one to make a little healthier. Omit salt and try these subs to lighten it up: 1.5 c. egg beaters instead of whole eggs, skim milk instead of 2%, reduced-fat cheese, and use turkey sausage. At 6 servings you’ll get: 374 calories, 18.9 g fat, and 719 mg of sodium. Happy Crocking!
Hi! In my Sunday School class today one of our members, Crystal Baker brought this in for our breakfast…. very good! As a matter of fact, I asked for the recipe and she sent it to me. I am going to be sure to put it in my rotation of breakfast dishes to make and take. I like the different texture and the taste!
Can I add 12 eggs and leave the recipe of everything else the same and it still come out ok??
I tried this and it was a disaster. I cooked it on low for 8 hours and my whole house smelled like burnt eggs and cheese. It was burnt and stuck to the sides. Idk what I did wrong except I did about half the called for ingredients cause its just me and a child in my home. Maybe next time but honestly I am kinda scared to try again. The smell actually made me ill feeling.
So So Sorry Lexi! It sounds like your crock pot was too large for the ingredients you chose to use. If in the future you need to make half a recipe you need to use a smaller crock pot. To cook properly the crock should be 1/2 to 3/4 full. Please try again! It really is good, and you may want to cook it for a shorter length of time as well. Happy Crocking!
If I use bacon as my meat, should I cook it ahead of time or put it in raw? I’m hoping it can be cooked ahead so I can get rid of the grease!
The ingredient list for the meat says to cook it first
Cook it first
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Cook for seven hours? Everyone would be starved by then. What a crock!
Papa you would put it in late at night, or very early morning (depending on when you want to eat breakfast) and wake up to a delicious breakfast, then it makes a wonderful meal for you and your family! You should give this recipe a try, it is delicious! Also it is a featured recipe in the Readers Digest! Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
Sounds delicious! Can I use anything else instead of frozen hash browns? Also, does it have to be 2% milk? Can I use full fat non homogenized milk? Or are there any other good alternatives to milk? And last question, I don’t have to use the onion and bell pepper right? I can use my preferred choice of vegetables?
Tiffany this is the fun of cooking and crocking changing things up to your liking! If you change all the ingredients, please post back with what you used and let us know how it turned out! Happy Crocking!
Instead of hash browns,can I use regular potatoes,diced, and par boil them,before I put them in the crock pot(as for some reason my crock doesn’t cook potatoes all the way done)? Then put the rest of ingredients in,and cook as directed?
Sounds like a good plan… I have had other Facebook friends say they do the same thing… Happy Crocking!
Hi..I’m planning on making this for my hubby (he has to leave for work by 4:30am) & I was wondering if I could use fresh hashbrowns? If yes does it affect the time? Thx!
Monica, I am not absolutely sure, as I have not used fresh hashbrowns, but because it they are thin, I would think it would take the same time. ????? To be sure, you should test it by checking it early. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help on this one. Happy Crocking!
Can I cook this on high for a shorter amount of time?
You can Francesca, but I would definitely check it in 3 hours, as you don’t want to over cook it! Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
This sounds great! We would probably have some leftovers, do they heat up okay? My thought is that I would let it cool off, put it in the fridge, and either microwave it or use it as a filling for breakfast burrito’s the next day.
Tricia it is great as leftovers! 🙂
Sounds good! Any way the recipes can have the recommended crockpot size included in them? Thanks.
To make this vegetarian, could you replace the meat with dried beans? Would they soften enough overnight? New to crocking! 🙂
Hi Sheryl, dried beans would be a great alternative for a vegetarian. If you use dried beans I would soak them all day before putting them in the Breakfast Casserole recipe. Thank you and Happy Crocking!
Made this for the first time last night for an easy post-Thanksgiving breakfast. Came out pretty good. Used 10 eggs and eye-balled the amounts of the other ingredients and fed 7 adults (with seconds) and 2 children. Only “mistake” was using too many items with a lot of water in them. Had to use paper towels to absorb a lot of liquid. Still turned out tasty.
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