With a nod to the English breakfast classics bangers and mash and toad-in-the-hole, we've used leftover mashed potatoes to create a quick and delicious one-dish breakfast.
About 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
About 3 cups mashed potatoes
12 ounces breakfast sausage links
5 ounces baby spinach leaves
12 large eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
How to Make It
Heat oven to 375° with a rack in the upper third of the oven. Oil a 9- by 13-in. baking dish with 1 tbsp. oil. Drop 1/2-cup scoops of mashed potatoes into dish, spaced about 2 in. apart.
Heat remaining 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook sausage, turning often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Scatter cooked sausage in pan, laying over and between potato mounds. Add spinach to frying pan and wilt, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Sprinkle spinach over sausage.
Whisk eggs together in a large bowl until broken up. Whisk in flour, baking powder, salt, thyme, and onions. Pour mixture over sausage and potatoes. Sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake until potatoes are bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes.
Made this for the second time for Easter brunch (did for Book Club ladies once before). A great alternative to quiche or stratas...and the guys that love mash potatoes love this. I do a few more sausages and a bit more of the onions and thyme just to keep the flavor level up.
Easy - - and different and delicious.