It could use a richer flavor. Unfortunately, that would add fat. This is a strong recipe and I agree with others that the type of sausage makes a difference. I purchased a fancy sausage and it helped but i also think the addition of thyme overpowered the dish. I will adjust and try again.
Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole
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.
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Total: 9 Hours, 15 Minutes
- Calories: 339
- Fat: 12.7g
- Saturated fat: 6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
- Protein: 21.7g
- Carbohydrate: 26.4g
- Fiber: 3.9g
- Cholesterol: 167mg
- Iron: 1.8mg
- Sodium: 580mg
- Calcium: 418mg
- 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
- 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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