365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with Spinach, Mushrooms and Peppers

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with Spinach, Mushrooms and Peppers

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with Spinach, Mushrooms and Peppers #slowcookerbreakfast #crockpotrecipe

Breakfast casserole with spinach, peppers and mushrooms
Makes 6-8 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  4-6 quart
Cooking time:  2-4 hours

4 cups cooked cubed potatoes (you can easily use leftover baked potatoes)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1-2 cups fresh spinach
1 lb ground breakfast sausage, cooked and drained (substitute cubed ham or bacon, if you prefer)
6 eggs 
1/4 cup milk
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground mustard
1 Tbsp dried onion flakes
½ cup diced red bell pepper
Salt and pepper
Salsa

1.  Spray the inside of a 4-6 quart slow cooker.  Use a foil collar*
on the hot spot of your slow cooker.
2.  Place potatoes on bottom of cooker.  Salt and pepper.
3.  Sprinkle mushrooms and spinach on top of potatoes.
4.  Top with sausage, peppers and onions.
5.  In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk, garlic powder and ground mustard together.  Salt and pepper the eggs.  Pour over the top of the sausage.
6.  Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the eggs.
7.  Cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours or on LOW for about 4.  Scoop out and serve with salsa.

Kitchen Tip:  The Hot Spot on your Slow Cooker
Every slow cooker seems to have a hot spot in it.  It is usually on the side opposite of the controls, or somewhere on the back part.  From now on notice where food sticks on and gets crusty.  Then use a foil collar to prevent burning and sticking.  I like to use foil collars when I make a casserole-type recipe in the slow cooker; it ensures that the casserole will cook evenly. 
Here is how to make a foil collar:
Layer and fold sheets of heavy duty foil until you have a six-layered foil rectangle.  Press the collar into the back side of your slow cooker insert (or wherever your hot spot is); the food will help hold the collar in place during cooking.


Review:
I served this hearty breakfast casserole for dinner.  It hit the spot...there were so many layers and delicious ingredients.  This would be great for a brunch or Christmas morning or as I served it--for dinner.  Feel free to add in whatever veggies you want.  3 1/2 stars

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6 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! And easy if you have company and it's hectic.

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  2. It doesn't look like this comes up very far in your crockpot. Do you think I could I double or at least 1 and 1/2x it and still have it cook through?

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  3. I bet you could 1 1/2 times it no problem! I don't know about doubling it though.

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  4. I'm gonna surprise the folks with this tomorrow. Such simple ingredients yet looks absolutely delicious. I wish I had the knack for putting these combos together to make something great. Thanks

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  5. You just gotta love an easy recipe. Prepared this last night for a family get-together and they absolutely loved it. Another hit for me. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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  6. I have massacred your beautiful dish on my first try. I made it right after reading your recipe and needed to substitute for what I have on hand. Had to use frozen bag hash browns, a piece of beef smoked sausage cut up & browned, fresh onions & green bell peppers, no fresh spinach - thought I had a box of frozen but it turned out to be chopped broccoli and too old to use anyway. I only had 4 eggs, so reduced recipe by eyeballing. It ended up being baked, as I didn't have the 2 hrs. to do in the crock pot, at 350 for 45 minutes. Thank you for the lovely pictures and meal idea. My variation was delicious. I'll try yours next.

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