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Slow-Cooker Ham and Egg Breakfast Casserole

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

Avoid the last-minute breakfast rush when hosting a crowd by using your slow cooker to make this delicious layered ham and egg bake.

Ingredients

12
eggs
2/3
cup half-and-half
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2
cup chopped green onions
1
cup shredded Gruyère cheese (4 oz)
6
cups frozen country-style shredded hash brown potatoes (from 30-oz bag)
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
2
cups cubed cooked ham (about 12 oz)

Directions

  • 1 Line sides of 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with foil that has been folded into thirds; spray with cooking spray.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat eggs, half-and-half, salt, black and red pepper with whisk. Reserve 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons green onions; set aside. In small bowl, stir together remaining cheeses.
  • 3 Layer half of the potatoes, spinach, ham, remaining green onions and cheese in slow cooker. Repeat layers. Pour egg mixture over layers.
  • 4 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours or on High heat setting 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until temperature reaches 160°F in center and egg mixture is set.
  • 5 Sprinkle reserved cheese and green onions over top of casserole. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Remove foil before serving by loosening edges with table knife.

Expert Tips

For a make-ahead tip, you can cut up the ham, shred the cheese, cook the spinach, chop the green onions and line your slow cooker with foil. Refrigerate ingredients until you use them.

For a vegetarian version, omit the ham. You can also add other vegetables such as chopped red or green bell pepper, cooked mushrooms or double the spinach.

Slow cookers vary. An oval slow cooker works well for this recipe. Keep an eye on your strata so it doesn't get overdone. The foil will help it from browning too quickly.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
23%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
335mg
335%;
Sodium
1370mg
1370%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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