Easy Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

Whoever created the crock pot is a genius … am I right?  Crock pot tacos, soups, stews, ”one pot wonder” dinners … what could be easier?  For whatever reason, I had never equated my crock pot with breakfast until a coworker shared this recipe.  I was blown away by how easy it was to make and how much Chris and the boys raved about it!

Easy Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

So aside from a crockpot ;) , you’ll need the following items to layer for this crock pot breakfast casserole:

1 bag refrigerated hash browns (I used Simply Potatoes

1 lb breakfast sausage BROWNED and crumbled

10-12 eggs scrambled with milk

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)

(Just for the record, it is sorta hard to make hashbrowns and browned, crumbled breakfast sausage look appealing when dumped in a crockpot, ha ha!)  Now, set your crockpot to low and just let it cook.  (I feel like an infomercial: “Set it and forget it.”)  Anyway, you know it is done when the eggs are firm and the cheese is crispy around the edges.  Mine took about 3 hours to cook, give or take (but I have a BIG crockpot, so cooking time may vary).  This is perfect for a sleepover, a large holiday gathering, brunch or a lazy Sunday morning breakfast.

We used southwestern flavored hashbrowns and they definitely had a little kick.  You could use maple breakfast sausage for a sweet and savory combination or add sauteed veggies for a meat-free version.  It is super simple and supremely delicious!

Update 1/11/13!  This recipe was one of the top 100 recipes of 2012 over at AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com!!  Thanks everyone who clicked, pinned and ate :)

Comments

  1. Looks yummy – another great recipe to try once I’m off this diet!
    I’ve Become My Mother

  2. Nice! I have a crock pot and I never use it. Well I use it to keep soup warm, lol! It’s a super old fashioned one that you can actually get the heat really high with to almost a boil. I think you’ve inspired me to move beyond soup warming. ::grins::

    By the way, I found you via @ http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com

  3. I’d love to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. YUM! I LOVE your recipe ! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and share your tasty recipe with us?
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

  5. I use my crock pot a lot, but never for breakfast. I’m eager to try this recipe.

  6. Just discovered you and I think I’m gong to become your newsest blog stalker (in that happy good way of course.)

  7. Sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

  8. I make something similar in the oven but I never considered the crockpot – which I do use all the time. What a great idea. Please consider linkup to the weekly Success U – Wednesday Linkup Party at http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com

  9. Yum, this looks really good and easy! My kind of meal! Pinning it. Seriously, the crock pot is my favorite invention ever. I think it was divine inspiration!

    Brie from darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

  10. GENIUS!!!!!!!!! On my menu for SUNDAY…thx!

  11. (found ya on a linky party)
    I have been looking for a crock pot breakfast idea.. and I found one here! Thank you!

  12. yum, this sounds really good…perfect for fall!

  13. Yum! This sounds delish.

  14. Is it really that simple?? I must try this, it looks amazing! Crock pot recipes are simply the best! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! I appreciate the support!

  15. This looks so yummy. am way to lazy to cook in the morning so this is the perfect solution!

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

  16. Love it! We are in temp housing with no oven. My crockpot is my new best friend!
    Thanks for linking up with Momtrends this week!

    ~Shannon, Food Channel Editor, Momtrends.com

  17. Delish! Just made it for Christmas morning breakfast!

  18. Hi! I just found your blog and this recipe thanks to pinterest. I am hoping to make this tonight! But I was wondering if you cooked it on high or low for 3 hours? The other recipe I found similar to this said theirs took 7 hours! So I’m just wondering what the difference is.

    Thanks!

  19. Hi Erin – my crockpot was set on low and it took around 3 – 4 hours. Since the sausage was pre-cooked and the hashbrowns are layered at the bottom by the heat, I just made sure the eggs were set and we chowed down. oh! I also have a pretty big crockpot, so if yours is a little smaller, it may take longer. Hope this helps!

  20. Do you think we could use bacon instead of the beef?

  21. Stephanie A says:

    So, I’m planning on doing this (and am really, really excited to!) but I was wondering how many cups of milk are required? It doesn’t specify in the ingredients :/

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Stephanie – I’m so glad you are going to make this!

      I just whisked in a little milk (like you might do with scrambled eggs) so maybe 1/4 cup if that? It’s really not even required … just how we make scrambled eggs in our house :)

  22. Love this idea!! One question…do you need to thaw the hash browns if you use frozen ones before you put them in the crock pot?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Wanted to print recipe but takes 10 pages.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It didnt say how many lbs to use 1 bag refrigerated shredded has potatoes soo pls let me know. Thanks!

  25. Is the sausage cooked prior to putting in crockpot?

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