Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Crockpot Breakfasts

I have learned many things from pinterest. Some people are a bit down on it for the very reason that they love it too much, but I have always been fascinated with it and respectful of it in many ways. Not to say that I don't occasionally waste 2 hours perusing other people's ideas and pictures, BUT I know that is totally my mis-handling of this amazing internet tool.
I am using it to storehouse recipes, collect school ideas, and categorize school projects. I feel a bit more ready for this homeschooling challenge a little bit because of pinterest and the free organization it offers.
With that all said, I can say that pinterest has taught me a brand new idea that is making me breathe easier and sleep better at night about this breakfast-during-homeschooling-worry.
I have learned that you can cook breakfast with your crockpot.
Cool, right?
And possibly life-changing!
You can layer your ingredients right into your crockpot, turn it on, and go to sleep.
And when you wake up in the morning, your breakfast is ready.
There are tears of joy in my eyes.
Really, could anything be more magic than waking up to the smells of bacon and eggs that were cooked for you overnight by this tiny little machine that basically counts as a live-in maid?
(I'm going totally overboard with this, I know, but I definitely am excited.)
So, I've done a little research on pinterest and the www, and found some lists, and looked carefully at the recipes, and these are the ones that sound good to me. (Sometimes the lists are longer, but if you look closely, several of the recipes are identical.)

Crock Pot Sausage Casserole

  • 1 dozen beaten eggs
  • 14 slices of bread
  • 2 1/4 C milk (low-fat or skim is ok)
  • 2 1/2 C grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tsp. mustard, optional
  • Grease the sides of the crock with butter. If desired, spread mustard on one side of the bread and cut bread into large squares. Make layers in the crockpot of bread, followed by sausage, followed by cheese, ending with a cheese layer. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Pour over crockpot mixture, cover and turn on low. Cook for 8-12 hours. 
1 whole loaf of bread 
--1 dozen eggs
--2 t vanilla
--4 cups of milk
--1/4 t salt
--2 t cinnamon
--1/4 cup brown sugar
--1/4 cup walnuts, or other desired nuts (optional)

Grease the inside of your crockpot very well with butter, shortening, or cooking spray. Slice your bread into large slices and place the bread into the crockpot. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla together. Pour on top of the bread. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. This is done when the bread has soaked up all of the liquid and the egg has cooked.

  • 1/4 cup bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • 1/4 cup long grain brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp. barley
  • 2 Tbsp. cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
Spray the inside of 1-1/2 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Combine all the grains, the dried fruit and cinnamon in slow cooker and mix well. Stir in water and vanilla. Cover slow cooker and cook for 5 to 7 hours on LOW. Stir the cereal before serving. You can add more water or light cream to make the cereal creamier if you'd like. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. Serves 4. If you have a newer crockpot, check for doneness at 4 hours.
Note: My crockpot doubles as an oven, so I actually have degree settings on mine. I'm hoping to make the above recipe with slightly lower than the normal "low" crock pot setting. (Somewhere in between slow cook and keep warm on my machine.) Hopefully this will cook my grains without making them rubbery.
Note #2: Comments on the above recipe included the fact that you really can use ANY combination of grains that = 1 cup. and ANY amount kinds of dried fruit that = about 1 cup as well.

Crock pot cobbler

  • 2 cups peeled, sliced tart apples
  • 2 cups granola cereal
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
Spray inside of 3-4 quart crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Combine apples, cereal and cinnamon in crockpot and mix well. Stir together honey and butter and drizzle over apple mixture. Mix gently. Cover crockpot and cook on LOW 5-7 hours OR until apples are tender. Serve this crockpot cobbler with fruit yogurt, if desired. 4 servings
Another Note: Again with the lower than low thing. I guess if you want to get up in the middle of the night and turn it on, you could, or this could be a dessert during the day.

Crockpot Egg Casserole

  • 32 oz. bag frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 lb. cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
Spray inside of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In small skillet, cook onion and green pepper in olive oil until crisp tender. Let cool about 10 minutes. Place one third of the frozen hash brown potatoes in the slow cooker. Add one third of the ham, onion, green pepper and cheese. Repeat layers, ending with the cheese.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk and seasonings until well mixed. Pour over the ingredients in the slow cooker, cover and turn on low. Cook for 8-10 hours on low, until casserole is set and eggs are thoroughly cooked. Check after 6-7 hours.

1 comment:

  1. Never thought about crockpot breakfast before...great ideas! Thanks for sharing them!