Nicole’s Crockin’ Breakfast Casserole

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A Crockin’ Christmas with our tiny crockers assisting us... can’t get better than that! We love this breakfast casserole recipe for Christmas morning because we don’t like to miss a minute of the festivities (also translates to crazy family moments) stuck in the kitchen! Waking up to Santa’s surprises AND a yummy casserole in the crock makes Christmas morning enjoyable! After things settle down a bit you can get the corn chowder in the slow cooker for a relaxed take on lunch or dinner!

Used 6-quart slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Breakfast Sausage
  • 8 Ounces Diced ham
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh chopped mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Chopped onions
  • 1 Can Rotel
  • 18 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Cheese
  • 1 (32oz) Package Hash browns
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh baby spinach (a couple of handfuls)

Directions

  1. Step One

    Lightly brown breakfast sausage (it should still be partially raw..just brown enough to crumble the meat)

  2. Step Two

    Layer half of the hash browns in the bottom of slow cooker, followed by 1/2 of sausage and 1/2 of ham. The next layer will be all of the baby spinach, the mushrooms, and onions.

  3. Step Three

    Repeat the first 3 layers (hash browns/sausage/ham), and then top with a can of rotel.

  4. Step Four

    Whisk the 18 eggs in a bowl, then pour over top.

  5. Step Five

    Sprinkle cheese over top of casserole and cook on low for about 8 hours!

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  1. Janet

    Did not care for this at all. Very tasteless I think it had too many potatoes in it and couldn’t taste anything else. Also it makes so much and very filling. My husband liked it, but i did not. Had no taste to me at all. had to cover it with ketchup just to eat a little!

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  2. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks so much for your well thought out comment. I love making breakfast burritos with this recipe. That is what I do with our leftovers. Makes breakfast so easy.

  3. CindyH

    CindyH

    This casserole makes KILLER breakfast burrito filling!

    I made this casserole the night before last. I left out the mushrooms (not my thing) and added a 12 oz. package of bacon, cooked and crumbled (I luhhve bacon).

    After having a generous helping (probably more like two) for breakfast, I made eight large (Chipotle-sized) burritos, wrapped each in foil, and stuck them in the freezer. I had enough casserole left over to completely fill two lidded refrigerator bowls, so if I had more tortillas, I probably would have ended up with twelve burritos in the freezer.

    The layers of the casserole make it really easy to put a little bit of everything in the burrito. As I was assembling each burrito, I just used my spoon to cut down through all layers of the casserole (which hung together quite nicely, even after it had been sitting out for a while). I plopped the hunk o’ casserole on the tortilla, then chopped it up a bit with the edge of the spoon to make it a little more crumbly and easier to wrap.

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  4. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    I’ve only ever seen one size, Jackie. I think it’s about 10oz.

  5. Jackie

    I was just wondering what size can of Rotel do you use? Want to try this recipe this weekend…

  6. Amy

    I made this for Christmas morning. It was SO yummy! A huge hit with everyone. Will definitely make this one again. May be a new Christmas morning tradition. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  7. Nancy B.

    I made this recipe a couple months ago and mine came out very dry. Almost like there was no egg and all potato. What could I have done wrong? I used the exact measurement in the ingredient list. Thanks in advance!!!!

  8. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Absolutely, Bobbi! Use what you like or have on hand!

  9. bobbi

    I see that you can use turkey sausage, but do you think just plain ground turkey would work fine too? Also, can you use fresh grated/shredded potatoes?

  10. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Shanna, about 8-10 servings, depending on how hungry everyone is!

  11. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Meg, 8oz of diced ham is listed above (2nd ingredient). It must be Monday…lol! Happy Crockin’!

  12. Shanna

    Spaghetti Squash is a good substitute for the hashbrowns.

  13. SHERRY

    I need to know how many servings please.

  14. Meg

    Question – what “ham”? None is listed in the ingredient list.
    Sounds delicious!!

  15. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Rebecca, I do not know much about the Paleo Diet so I am not sure about a good substitute for the hashbrowns. I do not think sweet potatoes would be the way to go for this. I’m tempted to say cauliflower but I’m really not sure. I know you can use cauliflower for faux mashed potatoes so it might work. Let us know if you get anything figured out.

  16. Rebecca T.

    I’m trying to come up with a Paleo version of this. Do you recommend substituting the potatoes with sweet potatoes or maybe just getting rid of them all together. You did say previously they are a pretty important ingredient.

  17. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Either one is fine, Heather. Whichever one you have on hand :)

  18. Heather

    This sounds great. I am giong to try this weekend- should I use frozen or refridgerated hash browns?

  19. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    The 6qt will be perfect!

  20. Eileen

    Quick question… what size crock pot do I need for this recipe? I have a 6 quart and a 3 quart. Thanks!

  21. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You will need a 32 oz bag of hash browns.
    Sorry bout that, girl…that is pretty important ingredient. We will get that changed as soon as possible.

  22. Christa D.

    I am interested in trying this recipe. The instructions include hashbrowns, but the recipe does not include the quantity. What is type / amount of hashbrowns should be used?

  23. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Hey Ashley…it might be because their crocks cook hot. A lot of the new ones do. All crocks cook a little differently just like ovens. I can let things cook on low in my GE crock for 6-8 hours and my food doesn’t burn. But if I let my food go that long in my Hamilton beach, it dries out big time and starts burning. You just have to adjust the cooking time to the way your crock cooks :) Here’s a link to some of our favorite slow cookers if that helps… http://crockingirls.com/crockin-101.html

  24. Ashley S.

    I’m very interested in trying out this recipe… although I do have a few concerns. There is a reciepe very similar to this one that I found on another website but everyone was complaining about it being burnt and dry…Has anyone had any problems with that? And if you have, suggestions?

  25. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Michelle, glad the casserole came out good…hey and if your 4-year old didn’t like it…no problem, more for you. :)

    Christian, your husband must have really liked it to finish it off at breakfast. Glad it was a hit. :)

  26. Christian N.

    My husband loved the Corn Chowder he ate the leftovers for breakfast!!!

  27. Michelle T.

    In the end, the recipe came out great! I added a bit of Tobasco sauce to my plate, and a little extra cheese on top. DEEEELISH. My 4-yr old didn’t like it, but I had plenty of pulled-pork leftovers from the weekend that he ate!

  28. Michelle T.

    Thanks! I’ll run home at lunch. My 4-year old won’t eat it with salsa.

  29. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Michelle, it will be fine if it is out of order. That’s one of the reasons crockin’ is so great!! It is sooo forgiving. If you can’t get there at lunch, just add your favorite salsa when you serve it…that would be good as well.

  30. Michelle T.

    OH NO!!! I put the Breakfast Casserole together this morning before work. I’m now at work and realized I didn’t put the Rotel in!!! Dang it! AND I didn’t grease up the crockpot :( I might be able to run home at lunch and throw the Rotel in, even though it won’t be in the correct layering order. Hope it still turns out ok :(

  31. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You will want to drain the whole kernel corn.

  32. Amie L.

    On the Corn Chowder…do you drain the whole kernel corn or not?

    Thanks!! Can’t wait to make both of these!!

  33. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Yes, Michelle! I would definitely grease up the inside of your crock.
    And Kelly…I wish you could cook with all inserts on the stove top, but you can’t. Only certain ones are made to do that. I know you can do it with the All Clad slow cooker, but it’s pretty pricey. Be sure and read about your specific slow cooker, otherwise you will crack your insert.

  34. Michelle T.

    Should I spray the bottom of the slow cooker with Pam or something? Just wondering if it will stick to the bottom?

  35. Kelly M.

    I’ve heard you can brown on the stovetop in the slow cooker insert. Is that true?

  36. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Christine, if you’ve used egg substitute for casseroles in the oven, I’m sure you can use it for the crock. This is something I should add to my “to try” list!

    Kimberly, depending on the the size of the mouths that you’re feeding I’d say 6-8 servings.

    Happy Crockin’ y’all!

  37. Kimberly B.

    How many would you say the breakfast casserole serves?

  38. Christine F.

    Can you use egg beaters instead of real eggs??

  39. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    We purchased one 16oz pkg of diced ham for these TWO recipes. We used half of the pkg in each recipe. Happy Crockin’!

  40. Mary Max N.

    In the breakfast casserole, how much ham? Slices?
    Tks!

  41. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Mary Ellen ~ yes. Lightly brown it, it should still be partially raw.

  42. Mary Ellen C.

    Do you cook the sausage first?

  43. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    We loved cooking with our kiddos for this video. A little tip, you don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy this yummy meal…lol

  44. Anna C.

    This looks like a great casserole to make for the holidays! mmmmm!

  45. Krista M.

    This is delicious! Even got my teenager to eat some spinach! Sneaky…

  46. Brenda G.

    Started this breakfast casserole late at night and could smell it early in the morning it was hard to stay in bed..turned out delicious next time I may put in less potatoes.

  47. Ashley P.

    Made the corn chowder and it was delicious!

  48. Lynn R.

    made the breakfast casserole for Christmas morning – we now have a new tradition – it was wonderful!! I didn’t need it to be ready until 11am so 4 hours on high and it was perfect!

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