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Funny story while I was at Meijer the other day. I forgot my wallet. Literally just left my wallet, full of credit cards and drivers license, right there at the register. And walked out. This story is only funny, however, because luckily I realized while at my car and quickly came across the Meijer employee who was trying to find my wallet’s rightful owner. I blamed the baby. I honestly did. He makes me forgetful. I wonder why? Having a baby not yet 2 months old, our days are pretty much run by him. He sleeps when he wants to sleep, he eats when he wants to eat, and he’s held when he wants to be held. And he usually wants to be held when it’s about dinner time. That can make things tricky. Especially when I have 3 other kids who are used to a schedule and get hungry right on time, too. Thus, the crockpot has become a dear friend.
Not only is it good for one-handed slow cooking, and doesn’t require a whole lot of remembering, but its meals are always warm and soothing after a long fall day. One less thing to worry about. We have a few classics, and a few new favorite recipes that crock. One such dish is our Smoked Sausage and Hash Brown Crockpot Casserole.
To make our Smoked Sausage and Hash Brown Crockpot Casserole, we first stopped by Meijer to pick up our ingredients. You know, before I lost my wallet. We started with Hunt’s® Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes and I grabbed a can of Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, too. We also picked up a 15.5oz can of Brooks® Chili Beans Mild. Brooks Chili Beans are specially grown to have the perfect taste and texture for chili recipes, and while we’re not making a chili, one can is going to be a great inclusion to our casserole.
To round out our recipe, we also picked up a bag of frozen hash browns, smoked sausage links, Monterey Jack shredded cheese, fresh parsley, PAM® Spray, and P.F. Chang’s® Sauces Mongolian BBQ. I love that how versatile these sauces are. Not only are they great for stir fry, but they can also be used as dips or marinades. I’m adding just two tablespoons to our Smoked Sausage and Hash Brown Crockpot Casserole for a deeper, unique hint of flavor you may not expect.
The great thing about slow cooker recipes is that you basically just throw everything into the pot and let it go. For this recipe, the only extra work is chopping the smoked sausage into bite size pieces. Everything else gets thrown in.
Hash browns, Brooks beans, and smoked sausage.
Topped with a can of Hunt’s® Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes, juice and all. Also add half a can of water to the pan.
Then, stir in 2 tablespoons of P.F. Chang’s® Sauces Mongolian BBQ. And a cup of Monterey Jack shredded cheese. Let that slow cook on high for at least 3 hours. Or, until everything is hot and bubbly.
Finally, right before serving, top with the remaining cup of cheese. Sprinkle some fresh parsley on top, too.
And you have a wonderful any time of the day dish straight from the crockpot. It does wonders.
- 1 14.5oz can Hunts Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes
- 1 15.5oz can Brooks Chili Beans Mild, drained
- 2 tbsp P.F. Chang's Sauces Mongolian BBQ
- 14oz smoked sausage, diced
- 15 oz hash browns
- 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 2 tbps fresh parsley, minced
- half can water
- Spray crockpot with PAM. Dice smoked sausage into bite-size pieces.
- Add smoked sausage, hash browns, and drained beans to crock pot.
- Stir in tomatoes, half the tomato can of water, and 2 tbsp P.F. Chang's Sauces Mongolian BBQ.
- Cook 2 hours on high. Then stir in 1 cup of cheese.
- Continue cooking on high for at least another hour.
- Before serving, top with remaining cheese and fresh parsley.