Bacon and eggs get a slow cooker makeover with our Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole recipe. We start with bacon that has been cooked until crisp in skillet. Next, sauté chopped onions for about three minutes in the drippings before adding peppers and garlic. Once these ingredients hit the pan your kitchen will start smelling divine. Next, you’ll combine milk, eggs, butter, flour, salt, and pepper and whisk until it becomes frothy. Be sure to grease your slow cooker so nothing sticks before layering all of your ingredients. Layer in this order: pita chips, tomatoes, pepper mixture, egg mixture, basil, cheese, and (finally) bacon. You’ll cook this concoction on LOW for about 4 minutes. Take the lid off and cook for another 30 minutes until the liquid has evaporated and the casserole is set. We suggest garnishing each serving with shredded fresh basil and halved grape tomatoes. Active time for this recipe is only 15 minutes, so if you’re strapped for hands-on time then this is the recipe for you. It’s great for feeding a crowd.
4 thick-cut bacon slices, coarsely chopped
1 cup minced sweet onion
10 baby bell peppers (assorted colors), seeded and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (12-oz.) cans evaporated milk
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable cooking spray
1 (8-oz.) bag salted pita chips, slightly crushed
2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
1 (8-oz.) block mozzarella, cubed
Garnish: shredded fresh basil and halved grape tomatoes
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a medium skillet until crisp; remove bacon and drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Add onion to drippings; sauté about 3 minutes. Add peppers, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Whisk together milk, eggs, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl until frothy.
Lightly grease a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer pita chips, tomatoes, pepper mixture, egg mixture, basil, cheese, and bacon in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Remove lid, and cook 30 minutes.