Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Slow Cooker Frittata

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Yes, those are waffle fries baked into this frittata—and now we never want to eat a frittata any other way. We tested this recipe with hash browns, too, but waffle fries totally stole the show. Frittatas can sometimes be dry or rubbery, which is why we came up with a foolproof solution: the slow cooker. Cooking the egg mixture low and slow ensures the end result is rich, custardy, and full of flavor. Plus, the oval-shaped slow cooker makes for a fun and unexpected shape, not to mention enough frittata to serve a crowd. For all you ketchup-and-egg lovers out there, we won't tell if you serve ketchup on the side. 

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Hashbrown Frittata
Making a frittata in a slow cooker ensures it is creamy and custardy and far from dry. We even saved you the step of making a side dish and threw the waffle fries straight into the mix. Needless to say, this is a crowd-pleasing brunch dish. Get the Recipe:Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Slow Cooker Frittata. Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Yield:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound waffle fries or hash browns, defrosted

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ pound loose breakfast sausage (or links with the casings removed)

  • 12 large eggs

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives, plus more for serving

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Line the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 4-to 6-quart slow cooker insert with parchment paper. Trim any extra that might keep the lid from fitting snugly. Put the waffle fries or hash browns in the slow cooker and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a flat-bottomed spatula and stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to the slow cooker and let cool.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, milk, cheese, chives, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Pour the egg mixture over the waffle fries and sausage and smooth into an even layer.

  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2½ hours, or on low for 3 to 3½ hours, until the frittata is lightly golden brown and completely set.

  5. Let cool 5 minutes, then grasp the sides of the parchment paper to lift the frittata out of the insert. Cut into slices and serve.

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