Listeners of the podcast will know that on the West Coast, football starts for us here at 10am on Sunday. That leaves little time before kickoff to rise and prep breakfast for the crew.
Why not throw breakfast together into a crock pot on Saturday night so it cooks while you sleep? We found this breakfast casserole recipe a few years ago, and it's become a tradition for the early games.
This is a quick recipe to prepare, and easy to modify. For example, you can use heavy cream instead of milk, throw in some bacon, or add in some sour cream. The best part is that the crock pot does all the work - set it and forget it.
Adapted from a recipe we originally found on Iowa Girl Eats.
• 1 lb sausage, browned and drained (or chorizo)
• 8-ounce shredded cheddar cheese
• 8-ounce shredded mozzarella cheese
• 6 green onions, sliced
• 12 large eggs (or 24 large egg whites)
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 4 slices cooked bacon, optional
1. Spray a 6-quart crock pot with non-stick spray (Or, use a crock pot liner). Place half of the hash browns into the crock pot as the bottom layer.
2. Layer in half of the cooked sausage, half of the cheeses, and half the sliced green onions. Next, repeat hash brown, sausage, and cheese layers.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, then drizzle the layers. (If you’re using bacon, stir it into the eggs).
4. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours, or until eggs have set.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Cooking slow on low heat is our preference for the cooking setting. This will allow for creamy eggs, and a more preferable texture to the casserole. If things cook too quickly on high, the eggs and cheese could overcook, and things will get rubbery or chewy. However, some people might actually like that…
So, depending on the brand of your crock pot and how much time you have to check the pot, you may actually need less time than the 8 hours. Stop the cooker when you see darker shades of reddish-brown.
5. Garnish with the remaining green onions, or salsa, guacamole, or pico de gallo.
6. Watch the Steelers win.