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Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Heather Chontos

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 9 hrs, 15 mins
Yield

Serves 8

Andouille sausage, two types of cheese, and a splash of hot sauce add flavor and a little kick to Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole. This make-ahead breakfast casserole is perfect for holiday mornings--just cook and enjoy.

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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 339
  • fat 12.7 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • monofat 3.7 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 21.7 g
  • carbohydrate 26.4 g
  • fiber 3.9 g
  • cholesterol 167 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 580 mg
  • calcium 418 mg

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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