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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.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Hands-on:25 Minutes
  • Total:9 Hours, 15 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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
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