Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole and Easy Clean Up

October 04, 2017

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Let me tell you about one of John's very favorite breakfast options - crock pot casserole.  I love making this on the weekends.  I can throw everything in on Saturday night and it's ready to go when we wake up on Sunday morning.  Either I portion it out for the week for breakfast for John or I make it when we're hosting a football watching weekend, since the games start at 11 and everyone's hungry.  With the super easy and quick clean up, I can then use the same crock pot to make something for the rest of the day, like ribs or chili.  All around, it's a favorite in this house.


The recipe and steps are at the bottom of this post, but let's start with the clean up process.  As you might imagine, baked on eggs and cheese aren't usually easy to clean off.  I don't like to use slow cooker liners because we try to be conscious about the plastic waste coming from our kitchen, so I generally wash things like the crock pot by hand and then I can use it again right away.

Getting things in the kitchen truly clean is all about using the right tools for the right surface, so I decided to stop at Walmart and get some items from the Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots line.




For me, I found them at the end of the aisle in the Paper and Cleaning section.  I ended up getting both the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty and Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponges and the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Dishwand.  I figured those would cover my bases as far as being able to scrub away kitchen messes fast, particularly for the baked on mess in the crock pot.  Plus you can't beat a good coupon right?  Click the image to get yourself one before you head to the store.

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Here's the before photo, and this is actually fairly clean by the usual egg casserole standards.  Maybe because I used less cheese this time?  Regardless, it's still all stuck on there.


But the Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponge scrubbed everything off super quickly and rinsed perfectly clean.  The first photo below is what the sponge looked like after one pass over the mess, after I rinsed it off - like brand new.  The pot rinsed clean right away too - the bottom photo is how much cleaner the pot already is after just wiping it once with the sponge.



I love a super easy clean up job in the kitchen, that's for sure.  I used the blue non-scratch ones this time, since I didn't know how the heavy duty ones would treat my crock pot, but I tried them and they worked great too, no scratching.  The dishwand was better for my other dishes and the lid of the crock pot, and the non-scratch sponges were perfect for wiping down all of our granite countertops.  I think I'll try them in the bathroom as well since they did such a nice cleaning job.  Alright, on to the recipe:

CROCK POT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE



INGREDIENTS

12 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1 Bag (32 oz.) Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes
1 Lb Breakfast Meat (bacon, sausage, ham)
1 Small Diced Onion
1 Diced Bell Pepper (red, green, a mixture, whatever you have)
8 Oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Salt, Pepper, Other Seasonings (optional, but feel free to season with your favorites like garlic powder or paprika)

DIRECTIONS

You'll need to start this dish the evening before so it's ready for breakfast the next morning.
1. Cook your meat if you didn't get it precooked.
2. Whisk the eggs with the milk and your chosen seasonings.  I just do salt and pepper.
3. Spray your crock pot with a nonstick spray.
4. Start with a layer of half the potatoes, then half the breakfast meat, then half the onions, peppers, and cheese.  Repeat the layers.

6. Pour the egg mixture evenly over your layers.
7. Cook on low for 8 hours.
8. You're done!  I just use a spatula to divide out the portions.  Top with any other favorites, like salsa or avocado.


If you have trouble with prepping breakfast, this is a must have recipe for you.  It's great at feeding a crowd but it also works well to portion out for the week.  The crock pot is a lifesaver when it comes to meal prep in our house, so if you're going to try to use yours more often as well, then I highly recommend getting the Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponges and dishwands to quickly clean up your baked on foods and other kitchen messes.


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