Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

Merry Christmas Eve!

I wanted to share one more recipe with you before the holiday because I loved this so, so much last year. Growing up, we always, always, always went to church on Christmas Eve. My parents were big advocates of relaxing, lazy Christmas mornings. We could sleep in, take our time opening presents, my mom would cook breakfast, and we could hang out in our pajamas playing with our new toys until it was time to go to my grandma’s. There was no rush to hurry up and get ready for church, and I always loved that. As a grown up, I still love having relaxing, laid back Christmas mornings, and something warm for breakfast is an absolute must. I made this overnight breakfast casserole at my mom’s last year, and after we woke up and opened our presents, my mom, sister and I dug into the Crock-Pot for a wonderful warm breakfast that had cooked itself and was waiting for us!

Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I had cooked the sausage, shredded the cheese, and sliced the onions early in the morning on Christmas Eve, and had just stored them in the refrigerator until later that night. Before bed, I layered everything together in the Crock-Pot, turned it on and went to bed. I woke up to such a delicious smell, and I couldn’t wait to eat. This turns out to be a massive baked omelet with layers of breakfast sausage, hash browns, cheddar cheese and green onions. The edges get a little crusty, and I would be lying if I denied standing over the Crock-Pot, picking off all of the crusty pieces and piling them on my plate. So good!

This is a great casserole, especially if you have particularly busy Christmas mornings and want a warm breakfast. It’s also great if you have lazy, relaxing Christmas mornings and just want more time to play with your toys instead of standing in the kitchen :)

Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I wish you a wonderful, warm Christmas Eve with those you love.

One year ago: Bourbon Slush
Two years ago: Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts and Pimento Cheese Ball
Three years ago: Date, Coconut & Walnut Truffles
Five years ago: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

An easy overnight breakfast casserole that can be made in your slow cooker with layers of hash browns, cheese, and breakfast sausage.

Ingredients:

32 ounces frozen shredded hashbrowns
16 ounces breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled
6 green onions, finely chopped
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
12 eggs
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Additional salt and pepper to season the hash brown layers

Directions:

1. Grease the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Layer ⅓ of the hashbrowns on the bottom, then season with salt and pepper. Top with ⅓ of the cooked sausage, then ⅓ each of the green onions and cheddar cheese. Repeat the layers two more times, ending with the cheese.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the hash brown, sausage and cheese layers in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours (the edges will brown). Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

(Recipe adapted from Seeded at the Table)