Set your slow cooker the night before and wake up in the morning to a delicious crockpot breakfast casserole. With eggs, sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers and cheese!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not a morning person. BUT. I still like delicious breakfast food.
My solution? Get breakfast started the night before! I did it with this Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon & Sweet Potatoes, and this Overnight French Toast Bake, and I'm doing it again with this overnight crockpot breakfast casserole.
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You'll love this crockpot breakfast casserole because
- you can prepare everything the night before and wake up to the smells of breakfast
- it's full of good for you ingredients including lots of vegetables and eggs
- you can freeze leftovers and reheat for easy breakfasts
- it can be made low carb
How to make it
Guys, it took me awhile to get this one just right. When things cook in the slow cooker, they can end up realllly wet and...juicy. So after a few tries I found a few important steps:
- cook you sausage. If you can get pre-crumbled sausage (no casings) even better!
- cook your vegetables. I wanted this to be a 'throw the veggies right in' casserole but it was too wet. So sautee them in the sausage fat and drain a bit (if there's a lot of fat)
- mix your eggs and milk with all purpose or almond flour plus baking powder and seasonings. You can use an immersion blender to get it smooth! The flour helps prevent it from getting too wet in the slow cooker.
- toss it all together with some shredded cheese and cook away! Low 6 hours is the best time/temp, HOWEVER you can also leave this on warm for another 2 hours. The edges will get brown but this crock pot breakfast casserole still tastes really good!
Can I cook it for a shorter time?
You can probably cook this on high for a few hours, but I've only tested on low.
Can I swap out the sausage? Mushrooms? Other veggies?
Yes, yes and yes! This is a very versatile recipe. I'd suggest swapping the sausage for some cooked and crumbled bacon. You can swap the mushrooms for almost any other vegetable, just make sure that you cook and drain the liquid first. Other vegetables that would work in this crockpot breakfast casserole? Onions, kale, shredded zucchini (no need to cook first, just drain the extra liquid), broccoli, cauliflower rice, sun dried tomatoes, etc.
Can I add hash browns or shredded potatoes?
Yes, you sure can. I added shredded potatoes to one batch (didn't pre-cook them), but found that they just kind of blended into the eggs...you couldn't taste them, and they didn't add anything to the texture. If I'm adding potatoes to my breakfast I darn well want to taste them! LOL.
Can this casserole be re-heated?
Absolutely! You can even cook it the day before, then re-heat for a brunch. I'd heat on low for 2 hours, and add some freshly grated cheese at the end. You can also portion these out and re-heat in the microwave for easy meal prep breakfasts. *Important* do not re-heat leftovers more than once (this is what is advised by food safety experts).
What should I serve with it?
We served ours with fresh tomatoes and avocado slices. You could add some salsa, fresh herbs, or serve with fresh fruit on the side.
- I used my favorite new 6 quart Crock Pot
- you can use an immersion blender to get your eggs/milk/flour/baking powder and seasonings mixed through; here’s my favorite immersion blender
- Looking for more big batch breakfast recipes? Try this Peach Baked Oatmeal Recipe, these Ultimate Breakfast Burritos and these Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats, which each can make 8 servings!
- 13 oz spicy Italian ground sausage (375 g)
- 2 cups mushrooms (sliced)
- 2 bell peppers (diced)
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup almond flour or all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 handfulls spinach chopped
- 1 ½ cups cheese (shredded)
- Spray slow cooker with spray oil.
- Cook sausage in a pan. Drain if there’s too much grease. Add the mushrooms & peppers, cook until soft. Place in the slow cooker.
- Beat the eggs and milk. Whisk in the flour (or give it a good blend with an immersion blender), baking powder, salt, onion powder, garlic powder.
- Pour egg mixture over the sausage mixture in the slow cooker.
- Stir in spinach and cheese.
- Cook on low for 6 hours. This casserole can sit for a few hours on warm but is best after 6 hours.
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