Paleo Crockpot Breakfast Pie

10 Apr

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Paleo breakfast food is not pretty. It is genius, it is delicious, it is filling, but it is not going on the cover of Taste of Home anytime soon. Must be something about the grey/brown of sausage mixed with the fluorescent green and orange of the vegetables. Combine that with egg yolks and you have… mud.

This recipe is genius. It is easy, it is tasty, it is filling, but it is not pretty. Even the original version that used sweet potato was putting lipstick on a pig when it came time for photos.

This was the first “Paleo” meal I made. I wanted something for breakfast that tasted good and got me through to lunch, but that I didn’t have to spend much time on in the morning. Enter a lovely lass named Juli, her blog PaleOMG and a crockpot.

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I was skeptical of the ease of this recipe, but I figured anything that involves 1lb of pork sausage and a crockpot can’t turn out too bad. But, I became more skeptical as I actually mixed the ingredients together in the crockpot. ‘Seriously? This is it?’ All the eggs won’t burn and the sausage won’t be undercooked?’  I am obsessed with spinach, so instead of the sweet potato I used three cups of spinach. This only heightened my skepticism as I struggled to get the fresh spinach actually mixed in and coated with the egg. It was sticking up everywhere! I was convinced I was going to end up with a fritatta that had a sausage base, burnt egg middle and soggy spinach topping.

There was indeed a problem that I didn’t anticipate. The smell. Holy cow the smell of the pork and onions and garlic floating into my room at midnight. How was I supposed to sleep when it smelled like I was missing brunch? I love brunch.

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Eight hours on low and in the morning I could not believe my eyes, I had a warm bundle of eggs, sausage and spinach all wrapped together nicely for me in something resembling a deep dish pizza.

Some of the edge was a little burned, so I would agree with Juli that 7 hours is probably the optimal cooking time, but it’s likely unique to your crockpot. Mine is very small, so the “pie” was quite thick. I imagine if you had a crockpot with a larger diameter, it would take less time to cook. It would be swell to have a crockpot with a timer for this type of recipe, since you’ll be sleeping and might not want to wake up early just to turn your crockpot off. I think ‘swell’ should be the word of the day.

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This was surprisingly good. I thought the eggs would be rubbery, but they weren’t (except where mine had burned). It was quite greasy though, thanks to the sausage, so I patted mine dry a bit with a paper towel before I ate it. It was also quite salty thanks to the sausage, so I didn’t add any more of that.

This reheats well, just be careful to microwave on 50 or 60% power so you don’t char your eggs. When divided into four servings (and they are generous) my nutrition calculator says it is 429 calories each. As evidenced by my spinach switch up, the flavor combos are up to you. The original recipe uses sweet potato, but I could also see using asparagus, any kind of cheese, tomatoes, peppers, bacon etc.

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The moral of the story is: don’t serve this to someone you’re trying to impress.

Also, don’t stare directly at the breakfast pie. Just eat it.

Paleo Crockpot Breakfast Pie
from PaleOMG

8 eggs, whisked
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1lb US Wellness Meats Pork Sausage, broken up (I only used 3/4 lb)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste
any extra veggies you want to put in there: peppers, squash, etc. (I used mushrooms)

Grease crockpot with a bit of coconut or vegetable oil to make sure none of the egg stick.

Add all ingredients to your crockpot and use a spoon to mix well.

Place on low for 6-8 hours (7 seemed perfect to me).

Turn off and allow to cool before slicing into pieces and serving. Store leftovers in fridge and reheat in microwave for 3 – 4 minutes at 50% – 60% power.

3 Responses to “Paleo Crockpot Breakfast Pie”

  1. The Smart Cookie Cook April 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I love easy recipes like this! Who cares about aesthetics when it’s got to be crazy delicious?

    • Red April 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      I’m sure if you made it with something other than sausage the yolks would be brighter and it would be more yellow, but um… it’s sausage!

  2. Julia M. April 11, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    OOOOH! I think I found Sunday’s breakfast. Also – I now know how to use all the pork sausage I have in the freezer (aside from patties and other boring saucy things). Just a piece of advice to the meat eaters out there – if your boyfriend buys a hog at the 4-H sale at the state fair, make sure you find someone (or 6) to split the hog with…otherwise you will have so much frozen pork you might even consider swearing off bacon – but only for like a millisecond before your remember that 4-H bacon is way better than any other bacon…

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