Ham, Gouda and Potato Bake (for the crock pot!)

I love having a big, family breakfast on the weekends.

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With our schedules, we barely see each other on weekday mornings, let alone have the opportunity to sit down and eat breakfast together. So when the weekend rolls around, I’m ready for a laid-back morning around the table.

Enter: karate lessons. I’m finding out just how time-consuming these can be.  We’re at the dojo three to four nights a week and on Saturday mornings.  So much for my laid-back mornings!

But I solved my problem with the same kitchen appliance I use on busy weeknights: my crock pot.

I’ve typically only used this method for breakfasts on holidays or on weekends when we’re entertaining overnight guests.  But it also works fabulous for feeding a hungry kiddo on the go.  Or a hungry hubby.  Or, just me.

🙂

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We loved this breakfast because it’s completely customizable.  Don’t like red peppers?  Leave ’em out, or substitute green peppers instead.  Prefer sausage over ham?  Easy-peasy: just brown up some sausage and throw that in instead.  If you’re not a Gouda fan, just add in your cheese of choice!

I served ours over a toasted English muffin half, because that’s what I had in my breadbasket last weekend.  However, these would be absolutely awesome rolled up in a tortilla with a bit of salsa–and even easier for eating on the go.

What’s your favorite quick weekend breakfast?

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Ham, Gouda and Potato Bake (for the crock pot!)
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups frozen diced hash browns
  • 8 ounces chopped ham
  • 1 cup shredded Gouda
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 8 English muffins or tortillas, for serving
Method
  1. Spray the ceramic insert of a 3½ to 4-quart crock pot. Combine hash browns, ham, cheese, and red pepper and place in your crock pot. In a medium bowl, stir together soup, milk, eggs, and spices. Pour over potato mixture in your crock pot.
  2. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Serve mixture over English muffins or wrapped in tortillas.
Notes
from Skinny Slow Cooker magazine: Better Homes and Gardens 2012
Nutrition Information
Serving size: serves 8

29 Comments

  1. Shirley

    I love making breakfast on the weekend and this looks so good! And easy! Your pics are amazing! You are the BEST.

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    • Ashley

      I’m a potato fanatic, myself. Oh, and a cheese fanatic. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    There really is nothing better than throwing things in a crock pot, going to bed and breakfast is waiting for you when you wake up! It’s like having you own personal chef. The inventor of the crock pot is a genius! This recipe is great!!
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    • Ashley

      No kidding, what would we do without the crock pot?!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      LOL! Thanks, Elizabeth!

      Reply
  3. Mom

    This looks and sounds awesome. I think I would like it on the tortillas with some picante sauce added. I will try it.

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    • Ashley

      Your guys would love this, Chandra (you might want to add in some more meat for them though, haha)!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      You’re right, Nicole! I think I could eat this for any meal. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Amy Tong

    I love my slow cooker and it’s definitely my life saver when it comes to busy schedules. This gorgeous looking Ham, Gouda and Potato Bake is from the crock pot??? Wow, I can’t wait to give this a try. I love ham and gouda cheese. I know my family would love this for sure.

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    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Amy. We’ve been putting our slow-cooker to use lately–it’s definitely a time saver!

      Reply
  5. Liz

    This sounds tasty Ashley! Love that you used the crock pot – nice! My favorite quick weekend breakfast would have to be cereal. I don’t eat it during the week so when the weekend comes I love to eat it (the sugary kind, of course!). If I have time I like to make an overnight oatmeal bake or Cinnamon Buns 🙂
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    • Ashley

      Aaaah, sugary cereal! I haven’t had that in ages and now it’s all I can think about! 😉

      Reply
  6. Marica

    I am trying this recipe soon – it sounds yummy. Quick and easy is what I like! Thanks Ashley

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  7. Rachel @ Bakerita

    This sounds great! Such an easy and delicious breakfast. Love that it uses the crockpot!

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    • Ashley

      I love crock pot breakfasts! 🙂

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Fact: I could eat gouda all day long.

      Reply
  8. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Yep, for sure making this too. Working at a cheese shop every day is TORTURE because I get to sample all the cheese.. and sample up a couple bigger sizes in pants subsequently. *sigh* Gouda is actually one of my favorite cheeses.. so smokey and nutty and totally delicious. I love that this is A) a crockpot meal — totally genius; B) stuffed with potatoes and cheese–YUM; and C) can be served on English muffins or in tortillas. SO perfect, Ashley!
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  9. Mira

    I don’t understand the timing on this. I can’t cook it overnight cause I sleep for 9 hours and don’t want to have to wake up two hours into my sleep to turn the crock pot on. Yet if I make it when I wake up it’s not ready till afternoon. Am I missing something here?

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  10. Louise

    I’m a single person & since this makes so much, can it be frozen after cooking? Thanks.

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  11. Frannie

    I want to try this but I’m out of Gouda. Can I use a different cheese or wait until I go to the store next week?

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    • Ashley

      Sure, any cheese will work.

      Reply

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