Am I the only person who becomes crippled by indecision when asked to bring a dish to a potluck?
Oh. Well, whatever. I do become crippled by indecision EVERY TIME. Mostly it's because when the husband has a work thing that requires that I be nice and cook something for him to take, there is no choice in the issue. His coworkers demand a Nutella Nut Roll. Seriously. There are usually some threats involved. But when it's me that needs some sort of food stuffs, I can make whatever I want.
The last time I had to throw something together, I decided to try a recipe that I had sitting around on a card from last summer's BlogHer conference. I adapted it to make it vegetarian, obviously, but the core recipe by Jimmy Dean is just fine.
It's a slow cooker breakfast casserole that leaves a lot of room for improvisation. Add spinach, kick the peppers out of the equation, sneak some bacon in there (or even fake bacon!), sub in some other kind of cheese ... whatever. It would work.
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
1 package frozen hash brown potatoes (I like Ore-Rida Country Style for this)
1 package Morningstar sausage patties, crumbled (or regular sausage, just be sure to precook it)
1 red pepper, cleaned and chopped
1 green pepper, cleaned and chopped
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick spray, or lightly coat it with oil.
2. Layer half of the potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker.
3. Top the potatoes with half of the sausage, peppers, onion, and cheese.
4. Put the rest of the potatoes on top.
5. Repeat that sausage, peppers, onion, and cheese action.
6. Beat the eggs and milk together. Add the salt and pepper and beat those eggs a little bit more.
7. Pour the eggs and milk into the slow cooker.
8. Jimmy Dean says to cook it on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, but mine was done a little before that. Given that my slow cooker always seems to cook things faster than average, I'm willing to blame it. But, you know, watch yours if you don't know how it ranks.