THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
Over Night Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
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Ok, so you probably have it figured out by now that I adore my crock pot. My 1971, avocado green, should-be-on-display-in-a-museum-somewhere crock pot. I use it for dinners, I use it for desserts, I use it for breakfast. Yes, breakfast. When someone invented this amazing tool that allows you to do nothing for a few hours while your meal cooked, you bet your sweet ass that my first choice is to be sleeping during those few hours. So on the days I feel like having a lazy morning, or the contrary days when there are a million things going on, especially during the holidays, I set my slow-cooker at night, and wake up to a fresh hot batch of deliciousness already pre-made.
Here is the recipe I use for my breakfast crock pot casserole:
8-10 strips of bacon
1 onion peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic peeled and minced
1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
1 (2lb) bag of frozen shredded hash browns
2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon dried dill weed (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Cook the bacon until crisp, let it cool, then chop into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
On medium-high, saute' onion, bell pepper, and garlic for 5 minutes. I personally like to saute' them in the bacon grease for more flavor, but that's just how unhealthy and fabulous I like my breakfast sometimes. Totally your call.
In a greased crock pot, layer 1/3 of the hash browns, 1/3 of the onion, bell pepper, garlic mixture, 1/3 of the bacon, and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers ending with cheese.
In large bowl, mix eggs, milk, dill, salt and pepper. Pour over ingredients in crock pot, cover, and turn on low for 8-10 hours while you dream of unicorns and 4 leaf clovers.