Sassy Sausage Breakfast Pie
Sassy Sausage Breakfast Pie

Sassy Sausage Breakfast Pie

Recipe by: Adapted by Willow Bird Baking from my mother-in-law’s recipe
Yield: 8 servings

Oh my gosh, pie crust and sausage, y’all. This breakfast pie is the bee’s knees. Mike’s mom always makes it for Christmas breakfast and we dream of it all year long! I added a little jalapeño (which you can adjust to your taste) to give it a slight kick, but it won’t make your nose run or eyes water. I recommend serving this with a sweet side — maybe fruit and some coconut meringue dip, which I’m sharing on the blog later this week — and mimosas for a special Sunday brunch.

9-inch pie shell, unbaked (homemade or store-bought)
1 pound breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese (or other Swiss cheese)
4 eggs
1 cup half and half (or light cream)
1/4 cup chopped orange/yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 medium jalapeño, finely chopped (adjust to your heat preference — this gives a slight kick)
1/4 cup chopped onion
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out the pie dough and place it in a pie plate, crimping the edges. Place this in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Brown the sausage and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Mix the cheese and sausage and place into the pie shell. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs and cream together. Mix in the peppers and onion. Salt and pepper the mixture. Pour it into the pie shell over the meat and cheese, adjusting to be sure all the ingredients are spread out. Bake for 40-45 minutes until set and golden. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. I love to serve the pie with Frank’s Hot Sauce, which complements the flavor perfectly!

7 Comments on Sassy Sausage Breakfast Pie

  1. Susan
    February 17, 2014 at 7:47 am (10 years ago)

    🙂 Food always goes a long way in promoting healthy discussion! There are times when I wonder what it is that I’m missing on television (I usually watch one show a season … it’s been “The Big Bang Theory” for a couple seasons now), then I watch the news, and I see some of the rather hurtful posts that people make on FB and I’m thankful that my access is, by choice, extremely limited. Even the printed media (whether hard copy newspaper or on-line journalism and, sadly, even from the heavy hitters like The New York Times and Washington Post) is slanted and I find myself wondering if there really is any fact checking these days. There is no question but that we live in interesting times. I do sometimes wonder if we have lost the ability to think and reason; it’s all quite discouraging. This was a fabulous post!!!

  2. carmen
    February 17, 2014 at 9:22 am (10 years ago)

    It is sound good recipe anyway please send email or wed com recipe that I like it ok thank have great week smile willow bird baking

  3. cheri
    February 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm (10 years ago)

    Delicious looking breakfast pie!

  4. Amy | Club Narwhal
    February 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Julie, I think you’re totally on to something here (both with the conversation about having few positive models for civil disagreement AND this gorgeous breakfast pie). I’m all for trashy TV (yes, I’ve been binge-watching Gossip Girl like it’s my job–don’t judge!) but there does seem to be some sort of correlation with how the plethora of nasty media (those screaming fights on reality TV, blog comment sections, etc.) bleeds into real life disagreements. It actually made me think of Anchorman 2’s not so subtle satire on the ridiculous nature of 24 hour news but that’s another story for another time. Can’t wait to make this pie!

  5. Julie Reulbach
    February 23, 2014 at 10:18 am (10 years ago)

    Hahaha! I feel you on the snow days binge watching trash TV. It takes me at least a week to recover, and get over, binge consumption. Cooking question – whenever I make a pie or quiche, the bottom of the crust never cooks. What am I doing wrong?

    Miss you girl. Can’t wait to see you!!!

  6. Natalie L.
    March 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm (10 years ago)

    This probably sounds weird, but my SO and I have a lot of our serious discussions/disagreements online, either via email or instant messaging. I am not good at speaking calmly, clearly, and logically when we have in-person arguments, but typing allows me to edit and really think before I convey my ideas. It took Geoff a little while to get used to this technique, but it does work!

    Also, that pie looks SO GOOD! Geoff and his daughter are coming over this weekend so I may need to make this for Sunday breakfast…

  7. fallconsmate
    March 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm (10 years ago)

    TheEngineer and i knew each other online for 10 years before he moved me from florida to texas to live in sin with him till my divorce finalized. (it finalized dec 19th that year, we got the copies of the paperwork dec 20, and got married monday dec 22. yay five years now!)

    it took us over a year to have a real fight. and we found out WHOA different fighting styles! i learned that yelling gets you HEARD…so that’s how i started…and got shut down fast. “i will listen to whatever you have to tell me, but you will NOT yell at me.” *blink, blink* ok, that was an entirely different communication style! in the last five years, i’ve learned “hey, can we talk about something?” can mean anything from “you parked too close again” to “i need some work shirts washed”.

    and that yes, he DOES listen to what i have to say. and i learned that once i am LISTENED to and HEARD? i can let it drop. we got into a heated discussion about a silly suitcase…i’m still correct and he’s wrong, BTW. 😉 but i’m not irritated with him, because he let me get the “i’m right” out there, then i could say “ok, do what you want. i said my piece, i’m done.” and i WAS. there is a HUGE amount of freedom in that!


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