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Slow-Cooker Farmer’s Market Breakfast Casserole

slow-cooker farmer’s market breakfast casserole
Slow-Cooker Farmer’s Market Breakfast Casserole
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 12

Warning: cheese lovers only beyond this point. We've got three kinds (Gruyère, cream cheese and Parmesan), all slow cooked with a bunch of fresh veggies for a hassle-free dish that'll make brunch your favorite meal. MORE+ LESS-

Updated May 6, 2019

Ingredients

2
tablespoons butter
1
package (8 oz) sliced mushrooms
1
cup chopped onions
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
medium red bell pepper, seeded, chopped (generous 1 cup)
1
bag (5 oz) baby spinach
4
green onions, chopped
1
bag (30 oz) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 1/2
cups shredded Gruyère cheese (10 oz)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
12
eggs
1
cup half-and-half
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons cornstarch
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
2
teaspoons salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray oval 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook mushrooms, onions, garlic and bell pepper 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Gradually add spinach. Cook and stir just until spinach is wilted. Add green onions; transfer vegetable mixture to slow cooker.
  • 3
    Add thawed hash brown potatoes, 2 cups of the Gruyère cheese and the Parmesan cheese to slow cooker.
  • 4
    In blender, add eggs, half-and-half, cream cheese, cornstarch, mustard, salt, pepper, thyme and pepper flakes. Cover and blend about 30 seconds or until smooth. Add to slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes or until temperature reaches at least 160°F in center and egg mixture is set. Remove slow-cooker ceramic insert from heat. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese over casserole; cover, and let stand 15 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Chopped tomatoes and green onions make a colorful garnish for this egg casserole.
  • Blending the eggs with the cream cheese and other ingredients help to give it a smooth texture.
  • Serve this flavorful gluten-free brunch strata with warm gluten-free blueberry muffins and cut-up fresh fruit.
  • Slow cookers vary. Keep an eye on your casserole so it doesn't overcook.
  • Cooking Gluten Free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
Calories from Fat
220
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
38%
Saturated Fat
13g
67%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
245mg
82%
Sodium
820mg
34%
Potassium
650mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
5g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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