Recipe: Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole

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This guest post recipe was submitted by paramedic and author Christopher Connolly. He had me at “bacon.” Thanks. 

Waking up for shift and you want a hot breakfast? Would you prefer that it doesn’t come from a wrapper or a roller from the local gas station?  How about something that you can fix the night before and is ready for you when you wake up?

Finished Product Next Morning

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole

I would like to tell you about a slow-cooker breakfast that you prepare the night before.  Something that you prepare, set the timer and go to bed.  When you wake up, it is hot and ready, just waiting for you.  There might even be some left over for the rest of your family when they wake up at a “normal” hour.

Slow-cooker breakfast casserole is something that has become a favorite in my house.  Its ingredients are simple, and the cooking is even easier. Here is the recipe:

  • Frozen potatoes as you like (hash browns, tater tots, etc.)
  • Eggs, beaten (depending how many you are feeding, about 2-3 per person)
  • Green peppers and onions,  chopped
  • Bacon, diced (Besides, what is breakfast without bacon?)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Seasonings to taste

Assembly

Start by cutting up the bacon and cooking it in a small skillet.  I like to leave mine slightly undercooked, as it will continue to cook later.  Then I start layering the ingredients, in this order:

  • Hash Browns
  • Bacon
  • Peppers and onions
  • Cheese

Repeat until you are out of ingredients or your slow-cooker is full.  Pour the beaten eggs over the layers.  Top with one more layer of cheese, then set the slow-cooker to ‘low’ and cook overnight, about 8 hours.  When you wake up in the morning, you will have a hot breakfast, and a better start to your day.

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Of course, don’t forget to set your coffee pot also.

Don't forget coffee
Don’t forget coffee

Christopher Connolly is a Paramedic in Pitt County, NC.  He has been in pre-hospital medicine for 16 years, beginning in the US Army as a Medical Specialist (91B), including a combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has worked in various capacities in the civilian sector and now works primary 911 response. He is married, has four children, and is very active in his community, participating in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, and helping with the local schools’ music departments. He can be contacted via e-mail at christopher.connolly2010@gmail.com, or you can find him on LinkedIn.