Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole

This is a similar take to Cowboy Bread, which is a Snowgoose favorite. This recipe comes from the December 2012 issue of cooking light. The recipe calls to chill it overnight, but we made it all at once.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 10 ounce diced chicken andouille sausage
  • 2 cups sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking polenta
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1.75 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray

  • Directions

  • 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add sausage; sauté 3 minutes or until browned. Add onions, thyme, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    2. Bring milk to a simmer in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in polenta and salt; simmer 7 minutes, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add cheeses; stir until cheeses melt. Place the polenta mixture in a large bowl; let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepper sauce and eggs. Add sausage mixture; stir well to combine. Spread polenta mixture into a 2-quart glass or ceramic broiler-safe baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cool to room temperature. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.
    3. Preheat oven to 425°.
    4. Uncover dish. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or just until set.
    5. Preheat broiler to high; remove dish while broiler preheats. Broil 2 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes.


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