Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crockpot Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

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Gluten-Free Notes at the bottom of this post.

Guests are in town, you sweated and slaved over dinner last night, or you know you’ll sweat and slave over dinner tonight.  Maybe you’ll do so for both meals.  How on Earth will you provide them a decent breakfast, too?!  Easy…pull out the crockpot!

I’d previously tried another version of this recipe that Stephanie with Crockpot 365 suggested, but it was not my favorite at all.  It was good enough for the sous chef, but it was not for me.  Thus, he ate all of it.

This try, however, was certainly tasty!!!  I attribute most of the taste to the fabulous sausage that I purchased specifically for this recipe.  Jimmy Dean’s new All Natural Regular Pork Sausage is absolutely terrific!  It tastes like it came straight from a butcher.  I realize that sounds odd, but, what I mean is, it doesn’t taste like it’s made with other things than just meat and some seasonings.  When you compare the ingredients of this sausage with that of other sausage on the same shelf, above, and below, you’ll see exactly what I mean!  This stuff is amazing, and I buy it 3 at a time now Smile  I love love love the flavor!

Nonetheless, this breakfast dish is incredible because you can put these ingredients in the crockpot the night before, and, the night morning, you have a hashbrown, egg, cheese, sausage, onion, and bell pepper heavenly dish.  I imagine this would be GREAT for kids that have a big test one day; perfect “I have a big test today” breakfast Smile

Below is how I prepared this dish, but click here to see Stephanie’s original recipe.Sept 2010 036


30 oz package of plain frozen hash brown (shredded) potatoes
1 lb. already-been cooked and cooled sausage (see above note on the HIGHLY suggested
Jimmy Dean All Natural Regular Pork Sausage)

1/2 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
12 eggs
1 cup skim or fat free milk
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper

Use a  6 quart Crockpot for this full recipe.

Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray. Dump in the whole package of hash browns. Spread them out with your fingers, and break up any clumps.

In a mixing bowl, mix the dozen eggs with the milk, salt and pepper, cheese, cooked sausage (make sure it’s cooled down), and diced vegetables. Pour everything on top of the hash browns.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4. This is done when the eggs are fully cooked and the edges start to brown a bit. If you want the cheese to brown and get a bit crispy on the sides, cook it longer.

Note that the edges of the dish in the crockpot did brown a bit.  Simply cut those portions off and do not serve them.  Nothing is wrong with the dish, it’s just the way the dish cooks.

Make it Gluten-Free!

  • Be sure that the sausage you use is gluten-free.  The suggested sausage above is a gluten-free selection.
  • Ensure that your hash browns do not have any additives with gluten.


  1. Hi! Kelli Hutka led me to your blog because I also LOVE to cook! :-) This casserole looks amazing and I can't wait to try it! :-) Check out www.elizabethannsrecipebox.com if you ever need more recipe ideas! :-) Look forward to following your blog!

  2. since when does mayonaise have gluten in it?
    Its eggs,oil,vinegar.
    By nature it is gluten free.

    1. if you read the ingredients on the jar, some do have flour added.

    2. Celiacs cannot have white vinegar.

    3. Cannot is a strong statement. Depending upon how any vinegar is made, it may or may not be possible to consume for those, like myself, with Celiac disease.

      *Note, this blog was started prior to the author's diagnosis of Celiac Disease.

  3. Not exactly. Take Hellman's for instance:

    No, there is no gluten, but there is more than eggs, oil, and vinegar.

    However, Kraft Mayo contains modified food starch, which is gluten.

    Please be cautious in your comments.

  4. Can we substitue milk with almond milk and also substitue cheese with Daiya cheese? Most gluten free folks are also lactose intolerant...thanks!

  5. Modified Food Starch in the US is made from corn so it is gluten free.



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