Easy Crockpot Breakfast Pie

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This isn’t really a pie. There’s no crust. But I cut it out in the shape of a slice of pie. Therefore, it’s a breakfast pie. Don’t fight me on this one.

Have you guys seen the commercials for Krave cereal? The things I would have done to that cereal when I was younger. Bad, bad things. Chocolate inside the cereal? Stupid. Just stupid. I bet it tastes like heaven. Or eating a chocolate bar for breakfast. Which is my heaven.

I’m obsessed with food trucks right now. I can’t help it. They taste just so damn good. Check out @quieroarepas on Twitter and start following them everywhere they go, if you live in Denver. Seriously, I want to live in an arepa.

Ok, so I need to talk about the sad/happy times that occurred over the weekend. My friend Justin recently decided that San Fransisco was a better place to live than Denver. Understandable. I’ve only wanted to move to California like 67 times. So when he had to leave on Sunday at 9pm to venture off to his new home, we decided throwing him a party starting at noon on Saturday and not ending until 2am Sunday was the best decision. These are the best kinds of parties. Mostly because it included almost everyone from our Lake Powell trip, plus some that missed out. So it was like we were back in Powell again. Or at a frat party during hazing week. Is that a real thing? Whatever. All everyone wanted to do was get Justin drunk as could be. Then do mean things to him. Not actually mean, just kind of mean. Like smash cake in his face. Or pick him up and spin him around like a rag doll in hopes of him puking. Guys are so weird.

He never puked. And he ate the cake off his face.

But the best part of it all was that we ended up at my favorite bar downtown where we took over the dance floor. Seriously took it over. I’m pretty sure people outside of our group got pushed. I watched some girl get taken out at the legs when the guys decided it was smart to tackle each other. Either way, it was awesome. So much jumping. I think I lost a toe nail. Ew. They even played this song which is pretty much my favorite song of the week. So dumb, but so catchy. It sounds like he’s saying condom style. My favorite part is at 1:55. You can skip to that part.

It was honestly a fantastic night. I kissed Justin on the cheek probably 26 times and I’ve probably only hugged him a total of 12 times in my life. I haven’t known Justin for very long, but somehow still love the guy. Justin, I hope San Fransisco is everything you had hoped for and more. And we will all miss the sh*t out of you back here. I plan on visiting you soon, taking over your apartment, and CrossFitting at your new gym. Deal? Deal. And if anything, we can reunite next year in the water of Lake Powell. 85 footer anyone?

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Easy Crockpot Breakfast Pie

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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, whisked
  • 1 sweet potato or yam, shredded
  • 1lb pork breakfast sausage, broken up
  • 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.

Instructions

  1. I greased my crockpot with a bit of coconut oil to make sure none of the egg stuck to it.
  2. Shred your sweet potato. I used the shredding attachment on my food processor to make it super quick, but you could use a grater as well.
  3. Add all ingredients to your crockpot and use a spoon to mix well.
  4. Set it and forget it!! I stole that tagline. I’m gonna get sued. Eeeek.
  5. Place on low for 6-8 hours. I cooked it for more than 7 to make sure the pork sausage was completely cooked through.
  6. Slice it like a pie. Because I said so.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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151 thoughts on “Easy Crockpot Breakfast Pie”

  1. Love it! I can’t wait to make this. Also, I’m totally obsessed with that song right now too…I was just saying yesterday that it sounded like condom style, so I just had a big laugh that you also think that! Finally, holy crap I want to come party with you in Denver! Sounds like a great time 😀

  2. I got my PaleOMG tank top yesterday! I can’t wait to wear the sh*t out of that thing!

    This breakfast pie looks perfect – I’m getting sick of eating hard boiled eggs at work for breakfast, but preparing breakfast every morning just isn’t an option. What’s that you ask? Is it because I have several small children to dress and get off to school? An elderly relative to care for? No, no, none of that. I’m just lazy.

    1. Ha! That is my problem, too! My coworkers with kids are always early/on time and also worked out and made breakfast and got the kids off to school and probably cleaned the house…and then there’s me, straggling in with only an egg to eat or maybe a yogurt. I figure someday I’ll figure it out!

  3. So I am thinking cooking video for the breakfast pie and some hangman style dancing…lol! You rock JB, love the recipes….you make paleo so easy and so very yummy!

  4. is there any way i could make this without the sausage? 1. can u think of another meat substitute or 2. can u think of a veggie substitute?
    thanks.

  5. I have been waiting for you to put some more crockpot recipes (I’m single and lazy in the kitchen so the crockpot is amazing for me). I literally just made this (well, at least it will be made in around 7 hours). Although I did cut up some leeks and sprinkled them on top; just to make it look pretty. I like pretty food.

  6. I love your crockpot recipes! I’m a student in a dorm so crockpots are pretty much th only cooking appliance I can have so these are awesome!! Thank you!

  7. When you make anything big like that with eggs, do you freeze it and then microwave it later or just leave it in the fridge and heat up what you are going to eat only?? I was going to ask the same for the to go egg bites recipe…. I hate to let things go bad and I am the only one in the house so I am picky about making a lot of food at the same time.

  8. Yay a new crockpot breakfast recipe! Although I’m not sure it will replace your Tex-Mex Hash Breakfast Casserole. It’s the bomb.com. Yes, I just said that. Haha. So I know you’ve been totally engrossed in The New Girl show, but have you checked out Awkward. on MTV? They had a marathon over the weekend and now I’m totally hooked. So good!

  9. jesus that looks awesome. definitely will make dat.

    also – I live in SF and love it here. if your friend Justin wants a new (fellow crossfit loving) friend to show him around, I would be more than happy to! 🙂

  10. AREPAS!!!!! yes!!!! I’m from Venezuela, the birthplace of arepas… and I know everything about them!!!! how to make them, buy them, eat them, live in them… oh my! there are “arepa bars” in Venezuela… basically is like a salad bar but substitute the leafy part with arepas… you can stuff them with anything from shredded meat to shrimp, to avocado salad to pork… you’d love it! yay arepas!!!!

  11. Yum. Hrm, this post only serves to make my decision a bit harder. I’m going on nonfun travel for 2 weeks, where I’ll be jammed into a tiny hotel room, and was intending on bringing a versatile appliance with which to cook (a few) different Paleo dishes that I won’t tire of. It was *going* to be a Foreman Grill w/flat iron attachments, but now you’re seriously making me consider bringing my crock pot instead *shakes fist*. I’m not content with eating out for 2 weeks straight, and I’d rather not bring both, ya dig?

    Also, I can’t be your only admirer who thinks you – Juli (duh) – must eventually end up with one of these awesome guys (roughly your words). It can’t not happen!

      1. Crock pot being pri. 1, you think?? I’ll take your word into consideration, Hrm *rubs stubly chin*

        And despite the fact that my opinion means next to nothing as my only exposure to you is via PaleOMG, I’m still gonna say those guys are crazy, yo

  12. Thank you! Making breakfast ahead is a huge time-saver for me, but I have never ventured into the world of crockpot breakfasts. Can’t wait to try this tonight!

  13. Hi!

    I’m so curious! Are all the recipes you write about here strict paleo?

    I want to try paleo but honestly, I hate cooking, and even worse is to shopping the ingredients! So my thoughts was “I have read so many of your recipes, maybe I can try some of them”?

    1. pretty strict paleo depending on the standards you are following. the desserts are pretty high sugar content, but you can change that easily on your own. try some recipes out! do it!

      1. Awseome! Then I’m going to try it! =)

        I love when you have crockpot recipes =) (that’s because I hate to cook so if all I have to do is to put everything in the same pot and wait for 5-8 h, I’m “super duper extra happy”)
        Is there some way that I can search for just crockpot recipes in your blog?

  14. This recipe inspired me to buy a crockpot…TODAY. This will be my first ever crockpot recipe. Do you do it on high or low? I can’t wait to make it and eat it for breakfast!

  15. FYI, Krave cereal is definitely not as delightful as it looks in the commercials, so really all you’re missing out on is a sugar high and sick feeling afterwards 🙂 Thanks for posting such bomb recipes! Can’t wait to try this one!

  16. LOVE that song right now too – the Chinese kid is brilliant, I want to take him home and make him dance for me. And your recipe – as always – the bomb! I made my boyf something similar the other day – he lurved it.

  17. This looks amazing…my roommate and I will definitely be trying this soon! I am so excited for your cookbook! And, like a previous commenter said, Krave cereal is pretty gross. The chocolate is waxy and doesn’t have much taste. You’re not missing anything!

  18. Ahhh this is exactly what I need to make the night before a cyclocross race. I have to get up stupid early to get to races, and so I never had that great a breakfast. This is the solution! Make it before I go to bed and wake up to deliciousness. Yes. Thank you Juli.

    1. Bridget – I had almost the exact same idea! I have road races coming up two weekends in a row, and was trying to figure out something that I could fix ahead of time for breakfast and pack to take w/ me to the hotels. I’m sorry, but the rubber yellow substance that they call “eggs” on the free continental breakfast buffet just doesn’t cut it. . . and eating 2 hours prior to “go-time” is tough when your race starts at 7am!

      I agree – this is just about the perfect solution!

  19. MMMMM!!! I made this last night w/ a few modifications:

    Threw in some Red & Green Peppers from my garden that were nearing the end of their useful life, and used a handful of fresh basil rather then dried (just b/c it’s overrunning my garden at the moment!).

    Also, the Sweet Potato that I used was on the large side, so eyeballing it, I decided to use 10 eggs rather than 8.

    Love my food spicy, so I added a bit of Chipotle Chili Powder as well.

    Finally, I layered Sliced tomatoes on top of it before “setting it and forgetting it” 🙂

    O. M. G. – Seriously – this was to die for good. I ate two big slices of it this morning. . . . way more than a “single serving”. . but it was just so good!

    I topped today’s w/ some Guac. Because really, pretty much anything I eat lately just serves as a portal to get Guacamole into my mouth. . . I’m on a bit of an Avo kick at the moment!

    I’m thinking I may sprinkle tomorrow morning’s serving (or 3) w/ some Hot Sauce. . .Mmmm. . Is it bad that I’m already counting down the minutes to Breakfast tomorrow?

    OH – random happy thought. . . I could eat it for dinner tonight. . . hmmmmm. . .

  20. Juli you are pretty much the coolest person I have ever met and can’t wait for you to come out here! You’re awesome keep writing about me so I know someone is thinking about me….. jk

  21. POOP! I missed the free download, but you should know two things….
    A) I’m going to feed this pork and plantain beauty to a bunch of drunkard boys at the Gorge this weekend.
    B) I’m planning on wussing out on all things boat/water/alcohol/water sports related based off the valuable lessons you gave us from your lake trip this summer.

    If I hurt myself and can’t get to the gym this week, one of those a-holes is getting their ass handed to them. I’m going to go ahead and rate this even though I haven’t tried because I know it will be awesome.

  22. I’m not gonna fight you on this Juli, but I want to try this WITH a crust. Ideas? How about packing down almond flour/coconut butter mixture? Or just ground meat? I think the oil/butter will make a crunchy bottom. Yeah?

    1. My first guess would be maybe one made with flax seed meal, almond flour, or a combination of the two. I’m sure you could find a recipe for a Paleo crust on the Internet

  23. This is awesome. In regard to some comments/questions above about varying ingredients, here’s what I did and it was so good. I didn’t use sweet potato; I just used veggies had on hand – onion, zucchini, garlic, a bunch of spinach. Also no pork sausage so threw in ground turkey and chopped up bacon. Added fair amount of salt, cider vinegar, and other random herbs n spices to compensate lack of sausage season. Basically, do whatever you want, season it well and you can’t go wrong! Never thought of doing this in the crockpot – thank you!!!

  24. Juli, you just outdid yourself. First you share amazing recipes, and now awesome music videos?!?!

    My favorite part was the dancing during the yoga session. Good stuff.

    I clearly am not cool. I have never heard this song.

  25. Yummy! I had to get up really early to start packing all my crap to move and some guys were coming over to help move the big stuff for me (#girlsh*t) so I decided this would be easy to make for them. It was awesome and they loved it. I used chirizo (spell?) mushrooms, and squash also.. Soo yummy!

  26. Grating a sweet potato after a grueling upper body workout…tough work. Must consider this food processor idea :/ Loved the recipe w/bison jalapeno sausage & bacon!

    1. I’ve been reading through the comments and noticed nearly all the negative comments are from it being burned or a couple where it did not cook enough. My suggestion would be to make it for dinner on a day you would be home maybe 6 hours after putting it in for the first time around. Also, it looks like most of the times it burned are when someone put it in before going to bed at night. I found out the hard way that having it on the “keep warm” setting still continues to cook the meal. If you intend to sleep for 8 hours while it is cooking, I recommend setting it for 5 other maybe 6 hours and then letting the “keep warm” cook it the rest of the way. Hope this helps

  27. Made this today and just ate two hearty “slices”.
    I used 10 eggs…just seemed like I needed two more. And red pepper.
    Probably should have used more meat but I’m still pretty pleased.
    Oh, I also spritzed with sriracha for the second slice. Yum!
    Thx.

  28. I just found this site…sort of freaked me out that my name was in the recipe text – until I figured out it was your name, too. From one Juli to another…thanks for posting these awesome recipes.

  29. I usually drain off the grease after browning the sausage for a casserole. Is this greasy at all since you can’t drain the fat?

  30. Hi, can’t wait to try this! To cut down on fat, could you make with more egg whites and just a few yolks? Or how many servings do you think it makes? Because a yolk per serving wouldn’t be bad at all 🙂 Did you put in any other veggies?

  31. Juli, I’ve got a bunch of avocados that need to be used. What are your thoughts on throwing some cubed avo into the mix before setting & forgetting?

  32. I made this for breakfast this morning! Well… overnight for this morning. It was fabulous! I cooked it a bit too long, as my slow cooker’s ‘low’ setting is pretty high. It burned a little around the edges, but the crispy edges still tasted REALLY good! 🙂

  33. I just tried this last night and this is the first recipe from this site that I haven’t liked. I set it to cook overnight for just over 7 hours as suggested and it was burnt to a crisp and quite possibly has ruined my crock pot. 🙁

    1. I’m sorry Meg!! Was it on low? It might be just how hot is gets. My burned a little just on one side, and it took some soaking, but the pot was fine.

  34. Wendi Whitney-Smith

    I thought that guy was singing “Condom Star!” I know….Random. I am just glad someone else heard it as well…..Jussayin’.

  35. Totally making this tonight for an awesome Tough Mudder breakfast in the morning!! If it’s as good as your spaghetti squash casserole, I’m hooked!

  36. Just made this for breakfast and it was rockin’! Thanks for all your recipes! Your Denver fans heart you!

  37. I made this last night and I wasn’t impressed. I thought it was a little heavy on the sweet potato and I had a hard time finishing a single slice this morning. I made it exactly according to the recipe, but I’m going to try one more time with a few tweaks. I’m going to use more eggs and sausage (or less sweet potato) and throw in some other veggies as well to add some more variety to the flavor profile. But I’ll still give it 3 stars for a great idea that has some real potential.

    On an unrelated note, I really wish people would stop rating something without actually making the recipe and trying the dish. Not just on this site, but on any cooking site. It drives me nuts when a recipe has 20 5-star recipes and 19 of them are along the lines of, “This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!” Commenting on the recipe is great, but actually rating it based on the article and the pictures? That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    Juli- Keep up the great work!

  38. Hi Juli,
    This looks great, I keep Kosher and can’t use pork products (you seem to use them quite a bit in your recipes). Any suggestions for a good substitute? I’ve been skipping those recipes, but some just look SO good! You think ground turkey would do the trick?

    Thanks!
    Shira

  39. Not only did I buy a second crock pot just to be able to make this and make supper in the same day, but I am so happy that I did! My husband and I LOVED it! He’s not quite on the “Paleo” bandwagon, so I can’t label things and let him know they’re good for him, hahaha! He had two slices of this this morning for breakfast and is excited for leftovers tomorrow morning! Thank you so much for an AWESOME recipe! We tried it with a Jersey White Sweet Potato and loved it, next time I’ll be sure to have a yam and try it that way. Looking forward to trying many more of your recipes! I’m even printing this and sending it off to my grandma to have!

  40. Am I supposed to peel the sweet potato before grating? I’m thinking no because the peel will add more fiber, but I don’t want the texture to come out weird. Does anyone know?

  41. Tried this recipe and added mushrooms and peppers and used ground beef instead of the sausage. It was great waking up to a hot breakfast already done instead of trying to figure out what to have. Has anyone tried freezing this?

  42. I picked out the eyes and weird bits and ended up with a half peeled sweet potato. This was one of my favorite recipes on the site so far!

  43. This recipe looked so good on paper but I just did not enjoy it. I added 2 additional eggs as there was just not much liquid. It was not done in 8 hours (?) – and the shredded sweet potato just did not turn out like I’d imagined (and I ADORE sweet potatoes). Maybe I will try again with a layer of sliced sweet potatoes instead of grating them.

  44. I just made this and I am so freakin excited and just really really want to love it, because if I do it would be a major life saver.
    Scrambled eggs with Franks Red hot, and almonds on the side has gotten really f-ing old, ‘specially since I already disliked eggs! Can’t wait 🙂

  45. i just started paleo so I love your website!! You’re hilarious 🙂

    I finished up this recipe, and I noticed that my “pie” kind of broke up. Does that mean I didn’t whisk the eggs enough? Its still pretty tasty, kind of like a big scrapple fritatta thing that I can just put over caulflower mash!

  46. HOly crap this tasted like prison food. I took a couple bites and used the rest as compost…the dog wouldn’t even eat it. I followed the recipe and added mushrooms, red cabbage, and bell peppers. Don’t know what I did wrong, maybe the mushrooms and red cabbage altered the flavor too much because this tasted like zombie ass. I’ll give 2 stars because I was running low on compost.

  47. This was SO good! I woke up this morning already in heaven from the smell. I added a bunch of spinach and mmm amazing.

  48. Could I use ground pork instead of the sausage? If so, should I cook it a bit before I put it in the slow cooker? Going to make this tonight or tomorrow!

  49. Was disappointed in this recipe. We set it all up to cook in our 6 quart crockpot and let it cook on low overnight and woke up to burnt breakfast pie. Would have really helped to know what size crockpot you used in the recipe itself, because I think ours was too large. Such a waste of money of ingredients. 🙁

  50. Thanks for an awesome recipe, Juli! I have been making this for the past few weeks for my post wod meal while I am doing the Open Nutrition challenge. I have been doubling the amount of sweet potato to get in my daily starchy carb and adding an extra egg for a wee bit more protein. Thanks!

  51. Made this over the weekend. Was delish!! Maybe i’ll add some shredded carrots next time..??

    Thank you!!

  52. Just made this and it’s fantastic! I used Italian chicken sausage, spinach, and cubed the sweet potatoes since I didn’t have a grater. Mine was well done after 6 hours on low.

  53. So delicious, even if the end product doesnt get any points for presentation!

    To cut a small corner, I break all the eggs in my crockpot first thing and beat them there so I don’t have to dirty a bowl!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  54. I made this using my super tiny crockpot for the first time. It’s yummy. Reading the other posts, each slow cooker is different so you have to modify the time. NBD! I’m not a huge meat eater (friend suggested the site) so I only used a bit of pancetta which made it yummy. I would add more veggies, less onions (wheeeeewh!) and definitely keep the white sweet potato. I have breakfast for me and my sweet exchange student daughter for three days or until I scarf it down. Thanks for being my first recipe and for being delish!

  55. I made this yesterday and added 2 small zucchini. Really didn’t like it. I froze the leftovers thinking that my hubby might make a pasta meat sauce later. Noticed someone else used it for compost — with sausage in it? Also, I cooked it for 7 hours on low, greased the crockpot with coconut oil and has lots of burned stuff on the sides. Good part: this was easy.

  56. I made this last night and it was inedible. Don’t know what went wrong but it came out brown, spongy, and flavorless.

  57. Juli – I have been doing paleo for just 5 weeks now ( along with crossfit for just over 3 months!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes and you! Love how you write, makes me laugh.
    I’ve only just scratched the surface with your recipes but this one went down a treat at my box with the boys! It’s a proper man pie lol. Keep the amazing recipes and blog going.

  58. Is there something you ate with the dish? I looks like there is a dollop of something in the pic but I didnt notice any suggestions in your description. Looks delish and I think I’m gonna try it this week!

  59. Huge fail! I made this two nights ago. Followed the recipe except used a different sausage, one my husband loves. It smelled amazing cooking all night and we got up excited for breakfast. It tasted like pure vomit and had me dry heaving until lunch. I’ve been soaking and scraping my crockpot repeatedly since. I’m not sure if it’s going to survive. Worst cooking experience of my adult life.

  60. Does it matter what size crockpot I use? I only have a really large size, but I’m wondering if I need to use a smaller one for this.

  61. Threw this bad boy together last minute after work last night. Now my boyfriend and I have breakfast for the week!

    Have you experimented with chorizo in this?

    Thanks, Juli!

  62. Looks like I’m way behind on the times with this recipe, but this was my first attempt at one of your recipes. I left it in over night, about 8 hours, but the pork sausage was pink still. Should I brown the meat before I put it in the Crock Pot or is this just a case of my pot being cheap? That being said the bite I had was delicious and smelled amazing!

    1. A similar recipe in my cookbook places it on 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. I’m sure you could do the same with this one.

  63. We had this for dinner last night. I think I went a little crazy on the veggies, but it still came out great. I used 2 cups leftover ham, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, one large zucchini (2 cups), 1 cup of home-grown sweet peppers, and 2 cups of chopped New Zealand spinach, with a layer of sweet potatoes on the bottom. It came out great with enough for 8 large servings.

    I got a late start on it so I cooked it on high. It was done in 3 hours. For those who had trouble with it getting burnt, I would recommend low for 5-6 hours and leaving it on “keep warm” until you are ready to eat.

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