Amber’s puttanesca is a tough act to follow. The lustful, delicious dish was so perfect for the month of Valentine, plus what a fun history lesson we got as a bonus.
So thinking about March and all its great events -- Mardi Gras, St. Paddy’s, March Madness, my firstborn’s first birthday (just had to toss that in) -- I’m torn with some great food choices. Do I go Cajun or corned beef? Well, I decided neither.
I want to switch it up this month and focus on another very important meal: breakfast. I decided on a recipe I found on Food Musings for a breakfast shepherd’s pie. If you’ve ever made a breakfast frittata or quiche or casserole, this will be a piece of ca-, I mean pie!
I also chose this recipe because a) it will give me an excuse to veer from my ritual weekend over-medium eggs with bacon and hashbrowns; b) it allows for lots of deviations from the original recipe if desired; and c) it’s a new twist on a traditional March favorite.
With that, brew up a steaming cup o’ joe and enjoy a delectable Sunday morning brunch, courtesy of this beauty. You’re welcome.
Breakfast Shepherd’s Pie
1 lb spicy breakfast sausage (cooked)
1 lb shredded potatoes
2 green onions, chopped
2 cups half and half
2 tablespoons Olive oil
8 ounces bread cubes or bread
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Olive oil spray or olive oil
In the same pan that you cooked the sausage, warm olive oil and cook potatoes over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray olive oil spray or lightly grease two pie pans. Whisk green onions, eggs and half and half in a large bowl.
Equally line the pans with the bread cubes. Sprinkle the bread with the cooked sausage and cheese. Equally pour the egg mixture over both pans. Lay the potatoes over both pans and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook uncovered for 40 minutes or until the egg mixture is set. Turn on broiler and set the pans closer to top of oven so you can brown the potatoes.
Let rest for about 15 minutes before serving.
On my quest for a nice St. Paddy's photo I found these scary leprechauns. Random, I know. Just had to share. Happy nightmares!