This savory breakfast casserole is made like a strata; you add all the ingredients and let it meld overnight so the bread soaks and the sausage infuses its flavor into the other ingredients. In the morning, you just place the slow cooker crock into the base and let it cook, creating a succulent dish perfect for a family or a crowd. This would be a perfect dish for a holiday morning to serve out-of-town guests or extended family. Just cook the casserole in your Slow Cooker, and you can serve directly from the crock, making cleanup a breeze.
Slow Cooker Breakfast Sausage Casserole
1 pound ground pork sausage, hot flavor
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, chopped
8 slices hearty white bread, crusts removed and cubed
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
10 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 drops hot pepper sauce
Place sausage in stovetop-safe cookware or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until browned.
Add red peppers and onions. Cook until crisp-tender. Drain fat. Reserve half of sausage mixture. Arrange remaining mixture in an even layer.
Add bread cubes and half of cheese in even layer over sausage mixture in stove-top cookware.
Top with remaining sausage mixture and cheese.
Combine beaten eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl. Whisk until well blended. Pour over layers in stove-top cookware. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Place covered stovetop-safe cookware in base.
Cook on HIGH 2 to 2 1/2 hours or LOW 4 to 6 hours until mixture is thoroughly cooked.
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