Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Crockpot Wednesday: Crockpot Quiche


Yes, I have pulled the crockpot out of the closet and blown off the dust in order to bring you a crockpot recipe in time for Easter brunch.  Other sites call this a crockpot brunch casserole. I call it a crustless quiche or a fritata done in a slow cooker

My particular slow cooker runs hot on the Low setting, especially when I use the smallest sized crock (I have three crocks that work on it). The first time I made this I woke up in the middle of the night and could smell it and just knew that it was done. I crawled out of bed, stumbled half asleep into the kitchen and turned it to Warm - or so I thought. Turns out I turned it to High and ended up with a charcoal briquette in the crock. Not good odor-wise or money-wise. My second attempt was much better when I used a technique I've seen mentioned in many other crockpot recipes - I folded aluminum foil several times to create a buffer between the bottom of my crock and the heating element. Much better results this time. But I will say that after trying this way versus baking a quiche in the oven, I prefer the oven.

You will definitely be better off if you have a slow cooker with a timer and varying temperatures.  This calls for cooking for about 8 hours and so I needed to wait until at least 10 p.m. before I put it on. That's my one complaint on my cooker - no timer.


Any quiche recipe will work for this. Here's mine with sausage and spinach. I made a half version of this since I am by myself.

Crockpot Quiche

1 dozen eggs
1 cup milk
1 t oil
1/2 lb of sausage of choice (I used Italian)
1/2 cup green onions - diced
1 green pepper - diced
1-2 cups of torn spinach or kale
3/4 pound cheese - shredded (Fontina, Cheddar, Swiss, or your fave)
salt & pepper to taste

Spray the inside of your crock/cooker with oil.
In a large bowl beat together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Remove the casing from the sausage and brown the filling in the oil until the sausage is cooked. Remove from the skillet and drain excess grease. Chop up the sausage into small pieces. 
Layer the cooker with the ingredients: sausage, veggies, cheese, sausage, veggie, cheese.
Pour egg mixture over the whole mixture.
Cook with slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours or until eggs are set and thoroughly cooked.
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