Slow-Cooker Brunch Casserole
You need bold ingredients to make a slow-cooker brunch casserole that actually tastes like something more than mush.
Why This Recipe Works
For a kicked-up brunch casserole we cook breakfast sausage with plenty of onions and bell peppers and flavor the mixture with smoky minced chipotle chiles with spicy adobo sauce. To distribute the flavor evenly throughout the casserole, we toss the sausage mixture with cubes of sturdy baguette. To get maximum cheese flavor throughout, we layer half of the bread mixture into a buttered slow-cooker crock, sprinkle it with 6 ounces of pepper Jack cheese, pack in the rest of the bread-sausage mixture, and then pour a rich custard of half-and-half and eggs over the top. Another layer of cheese is sprinkled over the top, and we cook the casserole just until the eggs and bread are set on the low setting for gentle heat. Letting the casserole cool for 30 minutes allows the mixture to firm up for easy serving.