Overnight Breakfast Potatoes with Sausage CrockPot Recipe

Day 81.

Happy Friday! I keep envisioning little fairies swooping down the chimney at night who magically clean house and fold laundry.
So far, that hasn't happened.

BUT! Breakfast can magically cook itself overnight in the appliance that keeps on giving: The CrockPot.

The Ingredients.
-- bunch of red potatoes
-- 1 yellow onion
-- package of breakfast sausage (I used uncooked maple chicken sausage from Trader Joe's---I wish it had been pre-cooked so I could have chopped it up...)
-- 2 T olive oil
--a sprinkle each of kosher salt and black pepper

The Directions.

--wash potatoes well, and chop them into chunks. I didn't peel them because I am lazy. And it was already 11:15 at night and I turn into a pumpkin at 8:45 pacific time.

--chop up the onion (this you have to peel. if you have already taken your contacts out, your eyes will burn and water. you might need to play the "hey can you chop this onion cuz you're just so big and manly and onions don't bother your eyes" card.

--toss the veggies with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

--layer the sausage on top.

--cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

--wake up to breakfast!

--act astonished that you remembered to load the crockpot but not the coffee maker...

The Verdict.

Waking up to breakfast is always awesome.

unless of course when it isn't.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at March 21, 2008

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  1. I came over to visit on the strength of your profile pic alone.
    I love it!
    I don't have a crock pot...talk me into it...Xxx

  2. Can I just say that I LOVE your blog? I have it linked to mine (hope that's ok) because I need such quick access. I have been on a cooking kick and am so excited for any and all new recipes I get...crockpot ones especially! And your sense of humor is priceless. Thanks for letting us in the blog world tag along on your journey :o)


  3. I think you are awesome! And this blog has saved dinner at my house! Thanks ;)

  4. Love the part about playing the damsel in distress...lol! I come just to read the little side comments you have on each recipe...hilarious!

  5. I love the sound of this recipe.. Thanks and Happy Easter!

  6. Hmmm....I wonder if you could add eggs to this? You should try crock pot eggs some time--but not the stinky boiled ones, real scrambled ones :)! And as I'm making cheesecake for Easter, I wonder if there's a crockpot cheesecake recipe. If there is--I'm sure you'll find it!

    This one looks yummy!

  7. poppy and mel, a crockpot is a must in any household. you can stew, boil, bake and roast in it--and it will tenderize the cheapest meat and turn it into a favorite family meal.

    liesel, tracey, jenni and mississippi, thank you! your kind words made my day.

    kim, lol. I need to get adventurous with the photoshop again.

    jennifer p., I did make an egg, potato, sausage and cheese casserole earlier in the year. it was okay, but not mind-blowing. I'm going to work on perfecting a nice fluffy egg dish.


  8. This looks so good. I will be trying this. Thanks for the visit! Happy Easter!

  9. Anonymous3/21/2008

    I just subscribed to your blog, found the link at LJ, because I live alone and would love to cook a meal, eat a portion and freeze remainder in single servings. This looks like a great site for me...........

  10. My husband just came down the hall to see what I was laughing about.

    Looks yummy.

    Doesn't the cooking aroma wake you up during the night? I think the sausage and onions would wake me. The quinoa and rice dish...not so much. Although, I am an avid gardener so the smell of dirt does excite me.

  11. Anonymous3/23/2008

    I tried this recipe for Easter Breakfast. I cooked it for over 8 hrs on low and the sausage links still weren't cooked all the way through. Maybe next time I'll put the sausage on the bottom of the potatoes rather than on top. The potatoes seemed a bit bland, maybe more salt & pepper next time? Thanks for your awesome blog!

  12. Sorry, I didn't intend for my comment about Easter breakfast to turn out anonymous....

  13. I could have really used some of those fairies this last weekend!

    I LOVE the thought of waking up to a warm breakfast. I think this is going to be a-cookin' in my crock this next Saturday evening so that Sunday I can actually sleep in.

  14. This sounds delicious! I'll be trying it VERY soon. I love waking up to warm breakfast!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. I added a little bit of cajun seasoning to the potatoes (just a little) for some spice. The potatoes and sausage had a great flavor, but the potatoes came out a little chewy. Not sure what went wrong ...

    Love your site, Crockpot Lady. I, too, am obsessed.

  16. This turned out really nicely. I made a huge spread and fixed three of your breakfast recipes at once, so we could have plenty to eat and have leftovers for breakfast (we ate it for dinner the first time around).

  17. Anonymous7/24/2008

    I made this recipe last night. Turned out great. I will have to make this next time I have guests spend the night and make some eggs or something to go with it in the morning. The hard part would already be done for me. Thanks for all of the recipes you share with us. I am making the Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Supper this morning for dinner tonight. I think I am hooked...

  18. Anonymous7/27/2008

    This was terrific. Added a chopped red pepper and some baby bella mushrooms. With some scrambled eggs on the side (fresh, not cooked overnight), it's a perfect breakfast meal -- would be great for dinner, too. This one's a keeper.

  19. Yummy. I made this Saturday night for Sunday breakfast and it was GREAT. My only problem was that my two-month old baby woke me at 4:45 and it smelled so good I had a hard time getting back to sleep. At 5:45 I realized that if it smelled that good it might be done. So seven hours on low made ours perfectly cooked and it was still warm at 7:30 when we were ready to actually eat breakfast.

  20. Just stumbled on to your blog and love the idea! Great stuff here. Future FYI, you can cut up uncooked sausage, just use clean sharp kitchen scissors. I do this at work, and have done it to that very TJs sausage! =)

  21. It has been awhile since you posted this recipe but I just now getting to it.

    I made it yesterday for dinner. I used twice as many potatoes and onion. I added 1/2 bag of frozen mixed bell peppers. And, I didn't have link sausage so I used bulk. I just sort of crumbled and "chunked" it up and dropped the pieces on the top.

    My hubby worries about the raw meat in a crock so I cooked it on high for 3 hours and then turned it to low for 3 hours. It cooked great. Both adults and kids liked it.

    We used the leftovers with Monterey Jack cheese and El Pato hot sauce in tortillas for delicious lunch burritos.

    We are going to try this with different types of sausage. I bet it would really change the flavor.

    Thanks again for another great recipe.

  22. Anonymous1/19/2009

    What's the deal with uncooked v. cooked meat in a rice cooker? We don't have link sausage here but can make breakfast sausage; is there any safety issue there?

  23. Hi Simplemakes,

    if you're cooking in the crockpot for longer than 4 hours on high, or 6 hours on low, raw red meat or chicken is fine.
    Fish takes a much shorter amount of time, and raw thin meat (like the flank in the stuffed dishes) will cook faster than 4 hours on high.


  24. I love your blog! It has really inspired me to get the best out of my crockpot and I am having fun trying out all the different recipes :D
    I made this for dinner tonight with a few alterations. I used both red and white onions and white and sweet potatoes. I also mixed together a couple of teaspoons of Dijon mustard with a glug of balsamic vinegar and poured that over the veggies before adding the sausage (raw links cut up into chunks as a pp suggested).
    I served it up with some mixed veg and all three kids cleared their plates!! Success indeed. Thanks for a tasty dinner *grin*

  25. Anonymous3/02/2009

    This was very tasty! I made it for a brunch I was going to. I am celiac (gluten free) but I also can't eat eggs, so I was looking for something hearty I could take to supplement the quiches and stuff that would be there full of eggs. So I could have something filling to soak up the mimosa's! Everyone loved it and it was so simple.

    I added some oregano and thyme to it as well as a teaspoon or so of dijon mustard for flavoring. Yum!

  26. Anonymous3/21/2009

    I think that this would be great for dinner too!

  27. I'm just reading back through your old recipes again, and realized that this was originally yours! o.O THANK YOU!!! It's made for many a lovely breakfast!!

    These days, I make it with halved new potatoes, halved breakfast sausage, a small package of diced bacon (evil, I know), and a diced white onion. With the bacon, I don't add any oil, and it still turns out delicious. :)

  28. Anonymous7/28/2009

    If you don't want your eyes to water when you cut up an onion, just pop it in the fridge a couple days before you use it. I just keep mine in there!

  29. I'm trying this tonight,for breakfast in the morning. It looked so yummy. I love your site.
    I made the cowboy stew today... Only I didn't have whole potatoes, I had sliced, and I didn't have the diced italian seasoned tomatoes, I added diced tomatoes and italian seasoning. It turned out yummy. A little on the spicy side my kids thought. I am really learning to love my crock pot. Thanks for the ideas and the help. :)

  30. Paula in Calgary11/08/2009

    I made this yesterday for my 13 year old nephews bday party. I added some thyme, garlic and onion powder and seasoning salt. We omitted the fresh onion and added a bit more olive oil. It turned out awesome! My family loved it! We used our home made pork and turkey sausages and fresh garden potatoes. I will have to make this again! Thanks

  31. Well this looks like another keeper. I love the idea of cooking brekkie overnight. Plus, because there is only one partaking of the deliciousness I'll have plenty of leftovers and will use the suggestions others have made.

    I'll be adding balsamic vinegar to it because I'm addicted to it. YUM

  32. Anonymous3/23/2010

    I tried this last night and what a treat. Of course I had to tweak it but will leave it alone next time.

    I cut up the sausage & added a little balsamic vinegar and about 1/4 c water. It didn't need the balsamic.

    The potatoes were silky this morning (of course that could have been in part because I left it on high all night).

  33. I've been trying to figure out what sort of high protein (egg free) breakfast I could make in hotel rooms when we move in a few months, right after having my seventh baby. Sausage and potatoes in the crock came to mind, and I figured you would have posted something like that in the past few years! Thanks so much! I'll give it a few tries to work out the timing and such to be ready.

    Oh, and you helped me through our last move three years ago (we're military), with all of your great recipes! We stayed in a hotel room for a month and had wonderful dinners every night!

  34. Anonymous4/10/2011

    somehow i ruined this... could it have been me cutting off the casing from each sausage??? maybe it was having the crock pot on high from 11:30pm-5:30am, then when going to pick up crying baby at 6:20am, looking at the sausage and being concerned it wasn't thoroughly cooked... turning it on high again at 6:30am... bummer for me because i was so looking forward to this delicious breakfast (~: daily affirmation ~ i can cook delicious food

  35. Anonymous4/24/2011

    Fixed this last night for an easy Easter breakfast. The potatoes were delicious! The sausage, not so much. I know that it was done because of internal temp, but the texture inside was that of raw meat. Only one person in our house would eat the sausage. I will make the potatoes again.

  36. I don't even know if anyone will read this or be able to respond, but can this be done with precooked sausage links? I think this looks super yummy (and great for our gf family), but we typically only keep precooked sausage in the house.

  37. I used 3 pounds red potatoes, 1 yellow onion, 1/2 bag frozen mixed bell peppers, and a pound roll of bulk Italian sausage. I sprinkled some pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, Italian herbs, and a large squirt of spicy brown mustard, then cooked. We used whole wheat tortillas and made burritos for dinner. I think I should have diced the potatoes even finer than I did, but two teen boys declared it a winner. I was afraid of making it too spicy, so I was cautious with the red pepper, but needn't have worried since I couldn't taste it at all. Oh well. The plan was to scramble eggs to mix in for breakfast, but I'm not sure there's enough left over! This was definitely a tasty, filling, yet inexpensive meal.

  38. I love your blog! I have it on my bookmarks tab!!! I just love how many different things you can make in a crock!

  39. The best part of the recipe:"act astonished that you remembered to load the crockpot and not the coffee maker."

    I just bought a crockpot this weekend...14 years of being a single mother and I JUST bought one. It's already a game changer. I'm making 8 cups of brown rice right now using your recipe.

    Thanks for the great blog and wonderful recipes.

  40. Yum! Making this for Father's Day! I like the idea of adding bason and also Sandi's idea for a burrito dinner! :)
    Sandi said...I used 3 pounds red potatoes, 1 yellow onion, 1/2 bag frozen mixed bell peppers, and a pound roll of bulk Italian sausage. I sprinkled some pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, Italian herbs, and a large squirt of spicy brown mustard, then cooked. We used whole wheat tortillas and made burritos for dinner. I think I should have diced the potatoes even finer than I did, but two teen boys declared it a winner.

  41. I love you. I love this blog.

  42. If I need to use uncooked sausage I pinch it off into meat balls. Easier than slicing and just as effective.