Slow Cooker Breakfast

Kim Cleaves Recipe

By Kim Cleaves KC2633

10 - 12
30 Min
8 Hr
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

Make the night before when you have a house full of company staying the night. It'll be ready when you wake up in the morning. All you'll have to do when you get up is make some coffee.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a really flavorful breakfast. I think the addition of peppers and onions to the O'Brien potatoes makes it really good.

We all know potatoes + anything = wonderful!


32 oz
bag of frozen O'Brien style hash browns, defrosted , rinsed and patted dry
1 lb
sausage, bacon or ham (or any combo you like)
1 medium
onion, diced
bell pepper, diced (use whatever color you like best)
3/4 c
milk, 2%
3/4 c
sour cream
1 tsp
dry mustard
1 tsp
garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 c
cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook meat, drain and crumble. Set aside. Save a bit of the oil and add onion and peppers. Cook until onions are soft.
Spray 6 qt. slow cooker with non-stick spray or use liner for slow cooker.
Put in half the potatoes, meat and vegetables in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Repeat.
Mix together eggs, milk, sour cream and seasonings. Pour this mixture over the top of ingredients in crock pot.
Cook on low for eight hours.
I make this for our family when we are up at the cabin for holiday weekends. It's nice to not have to prepare a huge breakfast in the morning. Just turn it on before you go to bed and it's ready when you wake up. Hope you enjoy!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Breakfast Casseroles, Eggs
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Collection: Bring on the Bacon!
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Julie Deal tarheelmom_57
Jan 20, 2012
what a great idea Kim! This would be good to use at Christmas when I make breakfast for the whole family!
Selina Honeycutt ceebean
Jan 20, 2012
I've never seen this recipe done in a slow cooker.....I can't wait to try it! There is nothing better than waking up and NOT having to make breakfast after a long week :)
Kim Cleaves KC2633
Jan 20, 2012
Just be careful that you don't cook it too long. The outside of it (that touches the crock) can burn if cooked over the eight hours.
Shelene Byrd sheleneb
Jan 21, 2012
Thanks I can't wait to try it. My house is the house that everyone comes to for almost every occasion. Especially our Christmas breakfast, and while on vacation our condo is the breakfast place.
Annette W. greeneyez
Feb 4, 2012
Great recipe Kim! Breakfast is my favorite meal. I love breakfast for dinner too so this would be great to fix and cook during the day. Thanks for sharing!
Kim Cleaves KC2633
Feb 4, 2012
We love breakfast for dinner too! Hope you enjoy it!
denise engler denise6
May 23, 2012
Rebecca Puck rebeccajen
May 23, 2012
I'm wondering if this can be frozen and then placed in the crock-pot too. I am working on a list of "freezer meals" and i've been trying to find a variety of 5-10 specifically for the crockpot.

has anyone tried it?
xtie g xtie
May 24, 2012
i made it last night and after 2 hours on low the edges started to burn. i felt it was more work to do it this way considering short time it took to start to burn it was not a crock pot meal i felt safe leaving unattended. if i did it again i would have baked it and it probably would have taken 35 min. the flavor was not as good in the crock pot. everything tasted the same and it was a little too watery. in my oppinion it was a waste of time and money
Kathleen price kathyprice2
May 30, 2012
Not all crock pots cook the same.
Kim Cleaves KC2633
Aug 27, 2012
It is very true that not all slow cookers cook the same. I have never had the issue of it being too watery either. Sorry it didn't work for you xtie. Haven't ever tried freezing it prior to making it....suppose you could if you didn't freeze the egg mixture.
Patricia Horton myrtlepat
Sep 11, 2012
It is possible that the watery problem was from the hash browns not being totally defrosted and drained before you cooked this.. I have not tried this recipe yet but have tried similiar ones and in a rush didn't let the hash browns totally defrost and it was a watery mess
Kim Cleaves KC2633
Sep 14, 2012
yes..that one is a must. Also, if you are using fat free milk, that will add to the watery issue as well. Truth be told, I prefer using half and half for this type of thing. Also, mine was brown around the outside but it wasn't by any means burned and was really well received by the family.