I am very excited!
My parents (the best parents a girl could ask for, by the way) got me a brand new slow cooker for my birthday (just a couple of days ago)! A new appliance in my household is always cause for serious celebration. It’s kind of a “throw your arms in the air” situation. I love new kitchen stuff.
A slow cooker might just change the way we eat around here. Well, at least the way we cook. I love the new possibilities this one appliance holds.
This overnight casserole, perfect for a Christmas morning set-it-and-forget-it meal for a crowd, is hearty, filling, and great for serving a crowd. It was first served to us my our great friend Holly. Holly is one of the best hostesses I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying with – she always makes sure we’re well taken care of when we visit she and her husband and their cutie pants daughter.
Holly, I stalked your Pinterest boards to find it again. Now I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow morning!
You heard me right – I’m not actually eating this on my Christmas morning. It’s a family tradition of ours to have a huge Christmas breakfast prepared mostly by my dad on Christmas morning. We all agree, it’s our favourite meal of the year. It’s the meal with “all the meats” and dessert. I think it might really be our favourite meal because we’re all together at the table laughing in front of the Christmas tree. With shortbread cookies.
Either way, there’s no messing with Christmas breakfast in our family. No need to fix what’s never been broken.
I hope this casserole sneaks onto your table Christmas morning. You won’t be disappointed. Don’t skip adding the sun-dried tomatoes (or regular tomatoes, if you’d prefer). We used hot italian sausage, for a bit of an added kick. Additional vegetables, like mushrooms, onions, and green peppers would be great in this casserole.
Thanks again Holly!
[Recipe] Overnight Slow-Cooker Sausage and Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
1 bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 lb ground sausage
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Have your slow cooker (at least a 6 qt) at the ready.
Scramble fry the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking it up into crumbles.
In the meantime, go ahead and chop the green onions and sun-dried tomatoes.
Spray crock of the cooker with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker.
Top with half of the each of the sausage mixture, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and green onion. Repeat layering, finishing off each of the potatoes, sausage, cheeses, and veggies.
Beat eggs, milk salt and pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. If you’re terrible at cracking eggs, ask your cute assistant chef to help.
Pour eggs evenly over other layered ingredients.
Cook on low setting for 8 hours or on high setting for 4 hours or until eggs are set.