Hands-on Time
23 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 32 Mins
Yield
Serves 6
Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup onions, Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt, fennel, and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until pork is done, stirring to crumble. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Step 2

Combine remaining onions (about 1 1/3 tablespoons), remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, and next 5 ingredients (through red pepper) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add pork mixture, 1/2 cup cheese, and bread; stir to combine. Pour into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Uncover dish; let stand at room temperature 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Chef's Notes

This recipe was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

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