Crockpot Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole

We are big fans of yummy cheesy potato casserole. Like this Buffalo Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole. Or these Baked & Loaded Mashed Potatoes. And don’t forget tater tot casseroles…like my Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole and this Dinner Tater Tot Casserole. So when I stumbled across this cheesy potato casserole recipe at The Midnight Baker, I decided to give it a shot.

Looking for cheesy potato casserole recipes? I've got several, including tater tot casseroles, buffalo chicken casseroles, and more. Lots of recipes included!

Crockpot Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole

Crockpot Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole
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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (14-16 oz) kielbasa, sliced into quarter inch pieces
  • 32 oz bag tater tots (try the onion ones!)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2-3 large green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place half the tater tots in the bottom of a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Layer half the sausage slices on top of the tater tots.
  3. Layer half the cheese over the sausage slices.
  4. Repeat for next layer.
  5. Pour cream over top, cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  6. When ready to serve, sprinkle bacon and green onions over the top. Add extra cheese if you'd like too!
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It’s definitely quick and easy to throw together (throw it together the night before) and my family all liked it. My casserole was ready in less than four hours, so if your crockpot cooks fast, you may want to adjust the time.

Looking for cheesy potato casserole recipes? I've got several, including tater tot casseroles, buffalo chicken casseroles, and more. Lots of recipes included!

I also wanted to share a couple of tips…

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See that super crispy bacon and those green onion roots?

Well I oven fried the bacon, and there was no mess to clean up except to throw away the greasy tin foil.

As for the onion roots, don’t throw them away! I haven’t bought green onions in forever. Why? Because I just keep regrowing them! You can learn how to regrow green onions, celery, and more here.

I’ve got more casserole recipes here, and you’ll find even more on my Casseroles board on Pinterest.

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Clean Eating Stuffed Bell Peppers (But They Are Un-Stuffed!)

I’m a huge fan of un-stuffing stuffed recipes. One of our favorite un-stuffed recipes (coming soon!) is for Un-Stuffed Pork Chops. I’ve also shared a recipe for Bacon, Spinach, & Feta (Un) Stuffed Chicken that I’m now craving. But alas, Jason and I are both trying to eat more healthy and so I’ve been trying many new clean eating recipes. I found this Clean Eating Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe that I thought sounded yummy.

The problem with stuffed peppers is that you end up cutting it all up anyways. I’m all about quick and easy, so I made the clean eating stuffed bell peppers with chopped up bell peppers. It’s now more of a casserole, and is actually very similar to my Ground Beef and Bean Casserole.

If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, check out this recipe for clean eating stuffed bell peppers...but they are unstuffed and ready to eat after baking!

This easy to make, delicious, and satisfying clean eating recipe is now a go-to recipe at our house. I love that you can add any veggies to it if you want to change it up. We are thinking fire roasted corn would be yummy, and maybe a jalapeño or two.

Clean Eating Stuffed Bell Peppers (But They Are Un-Stuffed!)

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Ingredients

  • 3 large red or green bell peppers
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional if you'd like more heat)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce OR 12 oz. jar of your favorite clean salsa
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated cheddar cheese (any cheese will work)
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and remove the seeds. Chop the bell peppers into 1-inch pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, sauté the onions and peppers with the coconut oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the turkey and cook until just browned.
  5. Add the spices and corn and mix well.
  6. In a 13X9 casserole dish, pour the tomato sauce or salsa into the bottom of the dish.
  7. Add the bell pepper and turkey mixture to the dish. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  8. Bake uncovered for approximately 30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with fresh, chopped cilantro and serve.
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Don’t these clean eating stuffed bell peppers that are really un-stuffed sound good? They are really good, and good for you!

If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, check out this recipe for clean eating stuffed bell peppers...but they are unstuffed and ready to eat after baking!

Now here’s the deal, I LOVE cheese. It’s the one thing I can’t do without. Jason on the other hand could live the rest of his life without ever eating cheese again. He asked me to make the recipe without cheese. Crazy! So I only sprinkled cheese on half of the casserole. You can see what it looks like in the picture below.

If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, check out this recipe for clean eating stuffed bell peppers...but they are unstuffed and ready to eat after baking!

If you are looking for more healthy recipes, check out my Healthy Eats & Drinks board on Pinterest. I also have some exercise tips and motivation on my Getting My Sexy Back board on Pinterest.

And if you are already eating healthy and have your sexy, or just looking for a super delicious casserole full of calories, I’ve got tons of casserole recipes here and on my board Casseroles on Pinterest.

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Ultimate Breakfast Recipe Ideas: From Casseroles to Muffins to Mimosas

I am a big fan of breakfast…especially casseroles and muffins. You’ll find lots of those kinds of recipes here. So if you are looking for quick and easy (some you can even make in advance!) breakfast recipe ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

Most of these breakfast recipe ideas can be served for either breakfast or brunch, and the egg based recipes are super versatile – feel free to change the meats and veggies to suit your family’s tastes.

Breakfast Recipe Ideas: From Casseroles to Muffins

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

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If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

After reading this, you’ll never cook sausage and bacon any other way!

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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These will fill you up and keep you full. I have been meaning to throw some other fruit in (maybe apple?) just to switch it up.

Almond Poppyseed Muffins

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This is one of my top three favorite recipes EVER! And the kids love them as much as I do.

Ham and Swiss Rolls

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

I love this recipe because it’s a good brunch recipe that feeds a lot of people and can be kept warm in a crock pot.

And every good breakfast or brunch needs a mimosa! Here are some breakfast recipe ideas for mimosas…with a twist.

Cranberry Mimosa

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

I get asked for this Cranberry Mimosa recipe every time I make it!

Amaretto Mimosa

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

If you are looking to add some oomph to a regular mimosa, this Amaretto Mimosa does just that.

Coffee Cake – This isn’t my recipe, but it’s a regular in our house. Jason requests it!

And if you are looking for more breakfast recipe ideas, you’ll find them on my board Breakfast on Pinterest.

What are some of your family’s favorite breakfast recipe ideas? Do you prefer hot or cold? I know a lot of people aren’t big breakfast fans, so I’m curious what recipes you do crave if you attend a brunch.

Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving. My absolute favorite holiday. When else during the year can you eat and drink like a pig and it’s totally acceptable to overindulge? We have some Thanksgiving recipes that always appear on our Thanksgiving table. These are recipes that someone brought to the party one year and they became instant family favorites. These are the recipes that people ask for over and over. Every family has those recipes, right?

These Thanksgiving recipes are not new to Mommy of a Monster; I’ve shared them all before. But if you are a procrastinator and have no idea what to serve on the big day, this recipe roundup will help!

Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Recipes

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

This Jalapeno Creamed Corn recipe is A-MAZ-ING and we eat it at almost every big family gathering we have. Don’t be frightened away by the jalapenos; you can de-seed them all first so they just add a bit of zip, not heat. This recipe was even featured on BlogHer!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

The Best Broccoli EVER

This broccoli recipe is eaten at our house at least once a week, and Ethan will even eat it as a snack. It’s one of my most highly-pinned recipes, and is my 2nd most popular post. Yep, it’s that good!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Leeks, and Pine Nuts

Brussels sprouts aren’t for everybody, but if you love ’em or if you need a healthy side dish Thanksgiving recipe, this one is perfect. It’s tasty and rich and, well, yummy!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

No Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin pie…or is it? This Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe is my claim to fame and a recipe I don’t give out very often. Make this cake and people will be begging for the recipe, they’ll ask you to bring it again next year, and they’ll think you spent all day baking when really you just dump a bunch of stuff in a pan! And this recipe is featured in Scary Mommy’s (YES! That Scary Mommy!) new book Guide To Surviving the Holidays. For more pumpkin recipes, check out my pumpkin recipe roundup from last year.

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Or if you are looking for something other than pumpkin pie to serve, check out my Holy Cow Cake…it’s my #1 most popular post and recipe!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Not a big dessert fan? After dinner coffee takes on a whole new meaning with my Adults Only Coffee with Kahlua, Amaretto, and chocolate.
This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

What to do with all of those leftovers? I’ve gotcha covered! I love making this Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole after the holiday, but also throughout the winter because it’s the ultimate comfort food!

I’ve also got a whole slew of crowd pleasing appetizer and dessert recipes. You can also check out my Thanksgiving recipes board on Pinterest!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? I’d love to check them out!

Mashed Potato Topped Meatloaf Recipe

This mashed potato topped meatloaf recipe is always a hit at my house.  It is easy to make and can be put together the night or morning before you plan on serving it for dinner.

You know I love taking shortcuts where I can, and this meatloaf recipe is no exception. No onions to cut or garlic to mince! And I buy frozen mashed potatoes to save time (like Ore-Ida Steam & Mash Russet Potatoes) that you just pop in the microwave for ten minutes and then mash the way you normally would. For the potatoes in the picture below, I just added milk, butter, and salt and pepper, but often times I’ll also add shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions. You can make the potatoes to your family’s taste!

This meatloaf recipe is easy to make and doesn't require chopping onions or mincing garlic! It's topped with mashed potatoes, and can be prepared in advance for busy weeknights.

Mashed Potato Topped Meatloaf
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Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, panko, or rolled oats
  • 1packet onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic (find it in the produce section)
  • Leftover mashed potatoes or Ore-Ida Steam & Mash potatoes, prepared

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a meatloaf pan or 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed. Spoon mixture into meatloaf pan or baking dish and shape to form a loaf. Top the loaf with the mashed potatoes and smooth the top.
  3. Bake at 350 for 60 - 75 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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Now you might be wondering why put mashed potatoes on top of the meatloaf? They get a crispy top and absorb some of the meat loaf flavor. It is yummy…try it! If you’d prefer to make the mashed potatoes separately, try my Loaded & Baked Mashed Potatoes. Because really, is there anything better than meatloaf and mashed potatoes?!

These mashed potatoes taste great with my meatloaf recipe!

Like this meatloaf recipe, I share lots of quick and easy to prepare recipes here. Feel free to take a look. For even more recipes, check out all my pins on Pinterest…especially my Pinterest Recipes: Tried ‘Em & Loved ‘Em board.