Even though this is listed as a sausage and peppers casserole, there are a ton of alterations that you can make to this casserole if you wish. You can swap in and out just about every part of it including the meats, veggies, and cheeses. I like to do a healthier version with egg whites, ham, and lots of vegetables, light on the cheese. That way we can have a piece of toast or fresh fruit to go with it if we want.
Check out what they are saying about this recipe over at NeighborFood:
“The idea of making breakfast while I’m sleeping is pretty much a dream come true. Especially on a weekday when I have to leave for work at 6:00 a.m.!”
This is awesome when I have to leave before my husband and the kids… I know they are getting a good breakfast!
1 lb. roll Johnsonville breakfast sausage
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
15 ounces (1/2 bag) frozen hash browns
1 bell pepper (I used a mix of red and orange), chopped
1 4 ounce Del Monte can diced green chilies
2 cups shredded Kraft Mexican blend cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salsa or sriracha, for serving
Add the sausage and onion to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, breaking up the sausage with a spatula, until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
Grease a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker. Add half the frozen hash browns to the bottom of the skillet. Spread half of the sausage and onion mixture on top. Top with half the peppers, half the green chilies, and half the cheese. Repeat the layers with the remaining hash browns, sausage, peppers, chilies, and cheese. Sprinkle with cilantro.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Pour the mixture into the crock pot.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until eggs are set and temperature registers 160 degrees in the center. There will likely be liquid around the edges of the casserole once it’s done. Use a paper towel to sop up any extra liquid before serving. Serve with salsa or sriracha, if desired.
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Quick Tip: Use bacon or ham instead of the sausage… or in addition for a super hearty casserole!
Thanks again to NeighborFood for this convenient and tasty recipe.