This easy holiday breakfast or brunch recipe would be perfect for your upcoming holiday menu. You can either prepare the slow cooker overnight breakfast casserole the night before or early on Christmas morning. It’s a leftover ham and egg bake with vegetables, cheese, hash browns, and more – a warming dish with plenty of amazing flavours. You will love this crockpot Christmas breakfast!
Enjoy a crockpot Christmas breakfast this year. It is perfect because you can let it cool a bit while everyone opens their gifts, then dig into this amazing slow cooker overnight breakfast casserole afterwards. This hearty breakfast is perfect for busy mornings!
Crockpot Christmas Breakfast Ingredients
Because you can use leftover ham to make this easy holiday breakfast, it’s also a nice dish to prepare after Christmas or Thanksgiving, when you’re wondering what to do with all those ham leftovers! Otherwise you can absolutely buy the ham specifically to make the casserole rather than use up leftovers.
Hash brown potatoes, cheese and eggs are other main ingredients in this slow cooker breakfast recipe. For the veggies, I like to use red pepper, spinach and tomatoes. Heavy cream sour cream and butter give it a rich, luxurious mouthfeel and taste, while garlic and Dijon mustard add even more flavour.
There are lots of fresh toppings that could be added to this great dish. Those are up to you and you can choose your favorite topping combo, although avocado, chives and/or other fresh herbs add a fresh touch and sriracha or your favourite hot sauce can add a little heat. Pico de gallo, green onions can also be a part of this delicious breakfast overnight crockpot breakfast casserole.
Feel free to change up the veggies. Mushrooms would be good here, or you could swap the gouda for a different kind of cheese (cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, monterey jack or pepper jack cheese) in the brunch recipe.
How to Make a Crockpot Christmas Breakfast
You’ll love this easy holiday breakfast because it really is simple, and you can prepare it in next to no time. Chop and dice or shred the ham, cheese and vegetables.
Toss the thawed, shredded hash browns with melted butter and cayenne pepper. Next mix the eggs, heavy cream, sour cream, garlic, salt pepper, mustard, and more cayenne pepper.
Grease the slow cooker then add a third of the hash brown mixture, followed by half the ham, vegetables and cheese. Repeat the layers. Pour the eggs mixture on top to finish off the brunch recipe assembly.
Cook for 2½ hours on high or 6 hours on low, then add some more shredded cheese on top along with avocados and fresh herbs too, if liked. Offer hot sauce at the table for those who want to spice their egg bake up.
I love how quick and easy it is to make this crockpot Christmas breakfast or brunch recipe, and am definitely including it on my holiday menu this Christmas. If you are looking for another time saver, consider using a slow cooker liner for easy cleanup.
Possible Tweaks and Variations
You might like to change some of the ingredients in the slow cooker overnight breakfast casserole, and that’s easy enough to do. This is the perfect morning meal because it is so flexible and an easy breakfast when you are just short on breakfast ideas.
Like other kinds of breakfast casserole recipes, you can switch ingredients. Perhaps you have some veggies in the salad drawer beyond their prime. Whether this is onion, mushrooms, zucchini, or another kind of vegetable, you can throw it in, in additional to the bell pepper, spinach and tomatoes, or instead of them. If you’d throw it in an omelet it will work fine in a breakfast casserole.
You could even swap the ham for cooked chicken, breakfast meat (such as breakfast sausage or turkey sausage) or even leftover turkey, else omit it for a vegetarian version. Leave out the cayenne pepper if you don’t want any spice at all, or sub chilli powder or smoked paprika instead if you wish. However you make this crockpot egg casserole, it will be a crowd pleaser with your overnight guests and the whole family. This is a great recipe and the best part is that this slow cooker breakfast casserole recipe is a healthy breakfast!
Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole FAQs
You probably won’t need to know this, since leftovers with this casserole dish are unlikely! But if you do have some left over, it should be fine for up to 5 days in a container in the refrigerator.
The easiest way to reheat this crockpot breakfast casserole recipe is to do it in portions in the microwave. You can also freeze it for up to two months. If you choose to do that, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until hot in the middle.
You don’t need to have any holiday menu sides with this, since it’s already really filling, but a fresh fruit salad or a side of fruit would be good with this hash brown casserole. Also, if you’re having this as a breakfast or brunch treat on Christmas morning, consider pairing it with a mimosa or even a watermelon paloma. Don’t forget some tasty cinnamon rolls, too!
Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole
- 1 Pound ham leftover
- 1 bell pepper
- 2 Cups spinach
- ½ Pint cherry tomatoes
- 6 Ounces Gouda cheese divided
- 2 Cups hash browns shredded, thawed
- ¼ Cup butter melted
- 1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper divided
- 12 eggs
- ¼ Cup heavy cream
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ Teaspoon salt
- ½ Teaspoon black pepper
- 2 Tablespoon sour cream
- 2 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- avocados chopped
- fresh herbs
- Prepare ingredients. Chop ham into bite sized pieces.* Use leftover Christmas ham if available*. Small-dice the bell pepper. Roughly chop spinach. Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Shred 4 ounces of Gouda cheese. Place each prepared ingredient into individual prep bowls. *Set aside and refrigerate the remaining 2oz of cheese for the end*
- Add shredded hashbrowns to a bowl and toss with melted butter and ½ tsp of cayenne pepper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, heavy cream, garlic powder, salt, pepper, sour cream, dijon mustard, and remaining half of the cayenne pepper. Whisk well until thoroughly combined and smooth.
- Spray the inside of the slow cooker with a non-stick cooking spray, such as canola oil.
- Add ⅓ of the hashbrowns to the bottom of the slow cooker. Evenly layer ½ of the ham, ½ of the peppers, ½ of the tomatoes, ½ of the spinach, and ½ of the cheese over the top. Repeat.
- Pour the eggs into the crockpot over the top of the layered ingredients. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low or 2.5 hours on high.
- Shred the remaining 2 ounces of Gouda cheese over the top. Let sit until melted (while presents are opened?)
- Top with chopped avocados and fresh herbs
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
You’ll know exactly how quick and easy it is to make an easy holiday breakfast, once you’ve enjoyed this slow cooker overnight breakfast casserole. It’s special enough for Christmas morning or you could prepare it for another special occasion such as a birthday or for Valentine’s Day. From the first time you make this, it is sure to be on your list of favorite recipes!
saving this to make this christmas!