Slow Cooker Brunch Recipes


Try this delicious slow cooker recipe if you’re looking for something that’s easy to make for a Sunday brunch. This recipe makes twelve big servings. Serve it with some fruit and toast or muffins and you’ll have a complete meal.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 bag of shredded hash browns (24 oz. bag)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bacon, fried until crisp

Here’s what to do:

  • Grease the crock of a 6-quart slow cooker or coat it with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-size bowl, mix the frozen hash browns and the chopped onion.
  • Spread half of the hash browns on the bottom of the greased crock.
  • Top the hash browns with 1 cup of ham and distribute evenly.
  • Combine both cheeses with the parsley; stir until evenly mixed; then sprinkle half of this mixture over the ham layer.
  • Layer the remaining hash browns, ham, and cheese in the same order, patting each layer down as it is added.
  • Combine the eggs, evaporated milk, salt, and pepper; whisk until smooth. Pour the egg mixture over the hash brown, ham, and cheese layers.
  • Cover the slow cooker and turn the heat setting to low. Cook for 4 to 5 hours. (If you aren’t ready to start the cooking process, the prepared dish can be covered and placed in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.)
  • The bacon should be prepared about 20 to 30 minutes before the cooking time of the brunch bake has elapsed. Fry the bacon until crispy, and then break it into large pieces.
  • Uncover the crock pot and distribute the bacon pieces evenly on top of the brunch bake about 15 minutes prior to serving; then cover the crock pot and allow the brunch bake to cook for the final 15 minutes.

 

Can you believe it? A delicious, moist carrot cake made in the slow cooker! Maybe that’s not such a surprise to many of you, but for me, a slow cooker seems a most unlikely appliance to use for baking. But, I tried it and it worked perfectly. I found a helpful step-by-step demonstration on RecipeTips.com for “Slow Cooker Carrot Cake”  that tasted every bit as good as an oven-baked version; in fact, I think it was probably better—it was definitely moist. I think the crock pot does a better job holding in moisture than just about any other cooking appliance.

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

You can serve the cake plain, cut into slices right out of the crock pot, but I managed to remove the cake from the crock in one piece and place it on a plate; then I topped the cake with cream cheese frosting. Here’s the recipe I used for the frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Simply combine all the ingredients, stirring until smooth, or use and electric mixer and beat the ingredients on high speed; then spread the frosting on the cake after it has cooled. Yum!

What do you do when you’ve got a houseful of overnight guests and you need to provide them with a decent breakfast in the morning? And, what do you do if cooking isn’t one of your strong points; yet you want to provide your guests with something more substantial than an old dried up supermarket donut and a cup of coffee? And lastly, what do you do if said guests like to sleep until mid morning and when they’re ready to have breakfast, it’s actually closer to lunchtime than breakfast? Well, you can do what I did last weekend and cook up a terrific brunch recipe in your slow cooker—problem solved!

“Slow Cooker Breakfast Bake” is definitely one of those slow cooker recipes that I would describe as easy, tasty, filling, foolproof…everything I’ve come to expect from recipes cooked in the slow cooker. There’s nothing fancy about this recipe, which I found while browsing through the “Slow Cooker Recipes” on RecipeTips.com, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser—my houseguests gobbled it up in short order. It’s loaded with all kinds of good things, such as eggs, hash browns, ham, onions, bacon, and cheese, which cook up in the slow cooker into one irresistible casserole-like breakfast dish.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Bake

Slow Cooker Breakfast Bake

I put everything in the crock pot the night before and refrigerated it overnight. I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m., removed the crock from the fridge, stuck it in the slow cooker unit, and went back to bed for a couple of hours, knowing that I would be up long before my guests began to stir. The dish was ready when they finally came downstairs, still half asleep, following their noses to the wonderful aroma wafting from the kitchen.

I served this breakfast bake with some sliced fruit and some store-bought blueberry muffins. This delicious brunch turned out to be substantial enough to hold everyone over until the evening meal. This was a really satisfying dish, not only because it tasted so good, but also because it was such a hit with everyone. I highly recommend that you try it out for yourself.

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