Goooood morning, and happy New Year’s Eve! What’s everyone doing tonight? Riley and I were planning on going out for drinks and hopefully some dancing, but depending on how he feels we may just be staying in tonight. Every year, our favorite local bar puts on a big New Year’s party with a band and if Riley feels better we’ll hopefully be partaking in the festivities this evening.
I also want to share a recipe I came up with recently, thinking it might come in handy for a lot of you tonight. I’m definitely planning on making it again. Tomorrow is International Hangover Day, so what better way to recover than with a healthy breakfast casserole that’s been cooking all night and waiting for you? I gotta tell you, when I woke up smelling this I realized I’d discovered something genius.
I’d always been skeptical of slow cooker breakfast casseroles. What if you over-sleep? What if the eggs get too cooked? Well, my fears were easily dispelled because this was so freakin’ easy. I prepped it in the afternoon, covered it with plastic wrap, put it in the fridge, then put it on right before bed. Genius plan.
While we’re on the subject, I want to share one of my favorite stories of New Year’s with Riley. I call it the “did we get robbed??” story. You see, we went out to Oceans & Ale for a couple drinks, thinking it would be super chill and low-key. And it was. For the first hour. This photo is the only evidence I have that this night happened, and I don’t remember taking it. I also drunk texted my mother. Standard.
Once the band started, the crowd got bigger. A long line formed outside the door, and we realized that we’d snagged prime bar seats at a super fun NYE party. Then the shots started. The night was a blast- dancing, shots, champagne at midnight, crowded bar yelling “Happy New Year!!!” all at once.
Fast forward to the next day: Riley watching football on the couch, me in bed watching an SVU marathon for 6 hours. We were literally too hungover to move. Around 4:00 I demanded Papa John’s pizza, which Riley ordered. When the delivery guy showed up, Riley tried to pay him using part of the roughly $150 we’d received in Christmas money. Except…..there was no money in the wallet.
Riley asked, “Babe, did we get robbed last night?” I said I have no idea, but I highly doubt it. We live in Williamsburg, who would rob us in a bar on NYE? So we checked the online account to make sure we didn’t just decide to pay our tab in cash instead of credit. Nope, there’s our obscene bar tab, right there on the account! So where did the cash go??
We deliberated, and deliberated, and finally came to the following conclusion: Riley gave the bartenders ALL the money as a tip. Fun fact about Riley- when he gets really drunk, he likes to pretend he’s a baller and wants to act like we’re rich. We are not rich. Riley tipped our bartenders $150 JUST BECAUSE HE COULD.
The downside is we lost all our Christmas money. The upside is we always get great service at that bar! I’ve even noticed them put our names in the system as “NYE couple” when we start a tab.
Anyway, back to my recipe. Easy, mostly healthy, and plenty for leftovers, this will hopefully cure any ill effects of tonight’s festivities. Be safe tonight, and if you’re anything like me and Riley, leave your Christmas cash at home.
Slow cooker breakfast casserole
- 6 whole eggs
- 6 egg whites
- 20 oz. frozen hash browns (I used Trader Joe’s), defrosted
- 1 lb. turkey breakfast sausage (I used Jennie O)
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 cup light cream
- 1 tbs. ground mustard
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper, to taste
1) Brown and drain the turkey sausage in a pan
2) Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, cream, and spices in a medium bowl
3) Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add the turkey sausage, hash browns, cheese and veggies. Toss together until mixed.
4) Pour the egg, cream, and spices mixture over the rest. Make sure egg mixture is evenly distributed.
5) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
6) Right before bed, place the dish inside the slow cooker and set on low for 8-10 hours.
7) Douse in sriracha (optional) and enjoy!
Around 8 hours, I recommend turning the slow cooker to the “warm” setting to avoid overcooking. Feel free to throw some coffee on and crawl back in bed until you’re ready to eat, but the delicious smell will probably get you up.
Hope you have a safe and happy new year!
What are your New Year’s plans?