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This sweet and savory breakfast bake takes your waffles to another level! Try it for a weekend brunch or for brinner one night. So good!
Breakfast Bake with Waffles, Sausage and Egg
This unique and yummy breakfast bake is made in the slow cooker. Using frozen waffles makes this recipe come together quickly and is super kid friendly too!
You'll want to give this one a try real soon. 🙂
🍽️ MENU TIP: This recipe is from our Slow Cooker Volume 2 Menu Plan!
Ingredients for sausage and waffle bake:
- breakfast sausage
- frozen waffles
- maple syrup
- rubbed sage
- salt & pepper
- shredded cheddar cheese
Here's how to make a slow cooker breakfast bake:
You'll need a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker for this recipe. Line the bottom and up the sides of your slow cooker by criss crossing two foil strips then spray with some cooking spray.
Next, cook the breakfast sausage until browned and crumbly and drain. Toast the waffles (if you want them to be a bit more crunchy) before tearing them into bite size pieces. Then place the waffle pieces in the slow cooker and top with cooked sausage.
Whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, syrup, sage, salt and pepper and pour that mixture over the sausage and waffles.
This sounds crazy but top this with shredded cheddar cheese!
Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until set.
Remove the slow cooker crock and uncover the casserole. Let stand 15 minutes and then serve with extra maple syrup.
Why is my breakfast bake soggy?
Using too many eggs can make a breakfast casserole become soggy. Also, soaking bread (or in this case waffles) for too long or not long enough can also lead to a soggy breakfast bake.
Depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks can also lead to the waffle bake becoming soggy. If your slow cooker cooks low go ahead and toast the waffles before adding them to the slow cooker.
When we tested this recipe we didn't have a problem with the waffles becoming soggy and we didn't need to toast them. However, we've heard that some of you have had this problem but toasting helped!
Can breakfast casseroles be frozen?
Yes! Most breakfast casseroles can absolutely be frozen. Egg casseroles can last 2-3 months in the freezer.
Be sure to allow thawing time before cooking. Place the casserole in the refrigerator to thaw overnight before cooking.
Should an egg bake be covered when baking?
This is debatable! I've seen plenty of egg bake recipes that tell you to cover for part of the baking time and then uncover to finish. But I've also seen egg casseroles that bake the entire time uncovered. So my conclusion is that both ways work.
Since this waffle bake is a slow cooker recipe it's obviously covered while cooking but does have a 15 minute rest period that is uncovered at the end.
Sausage and Waffle Breakfast Bake Recipe
- 2 lbs spicy pork breakfast sausage
- 12.3 oz pkg frozen waffles, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 8 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cups half-and-half (fat free is fine)
- ¼ cup maple syrup + extra for serving
- 1 Tbsp rubbed sage
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Line the bottom and up the sides of a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker by criss crossing two foil strips then spray with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, cook sausage until browned and crumbly; drain.
- Place waffle pieces in slow cooker and top with cooked sausage.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, syrup, sage, salt and pepper. Pour over sausage and waffles. Top with cheese.
- Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until set.
- Remove slow cooker crock and let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes. Serve with additional maple syrup, if desired.
Looking for more yummy meals? This recipe is from our slow cooker volume 2 menu plans. It includes 72 recipes (with 12 desserts)! When you purchase, you also get access to our private Facebook group.
If you need a little more menu inspiration, here are some more family friendly recipes.