“I get to work and I’m so hungry.” Will tells me. I thought to myself, we have Cheerios, why not just have a bowl of cereal? Then I thought back of my days working for a company with an amazing breakfast service. I could almost taste the 3 egg veggie omelet I ordered nearly every morning. Perfectly sauteed tomato, bell pepper, mushrooms and onions with just the right amount of oozing cheddar cheese; Cheerios could not compare with that breakfast.
The problem was between allergies and nightmares, I rarely get a good night’s sleep. I needed that extra 30 minutes every morning but if I can preset the coffee, why not preset breakfast? I found this recipe and began adjusting things to suit our needs. For one, our family of 4 would probably not eat 1 dozen eggs for breakfast. And 2, I was absolutely not running out to the grocery store at 9 o’clock at night.
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups frozen hashbrowns
- 1/2 lb bacon or sausage, crumbled
- 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Line the bottom of the slow cooker with the frozen frozen hash browns, then layer in the green bell pepper, green onion, cheddar cheese and bacon. Whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over top.
- Cover and cook on slow for 6-8 hours. If you aren't going to be awake in time to turn the pot off, use an appliance timer and set accordingly.
When using a slow cooker, it’s important to note your pot’s specific cooking time. From experience, I know that any recipe said to cook in 6-8 hours will typically cook in 5 hours for us. I started this casserole at 11 p.m. last night and awoke at 3 am, to find my casserole perfectly set. I set the pot to warm and 4 hours later, voila! A hearty breakfast and fresh pot of coffee. As I noted in the recipe, if you’re not planning to awake to turn the pot off, use an appliance timer. They are fairly inexpensive and will make slow cooking fool-proof for you busy bodies.
I would also like to point out, this breakfast casserole would be an ideal choice for holiday mornings when you would rather be with your family, not slaving away in a hot kitchen. Either way, this was very, very good. We will definitely make this again.