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Italian Sausage and Egg Bake

Active time:40 minutes

Start To Finish:3 hours, includes 2 hours chilling time

Difficulty:

Serving size: 6

Source: Giada De Laurentiis

Breakfast/Brunch
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Ingredients:

½ small loaf country-style bread, cut into ½- to 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 lb. sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 10-12 oz. package fresh baby spinach
1 6.5-oz. jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
5 oz. goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
6 large eggs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Toss the cubes of bread with 1 Tbs. of the oil and place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake until the cubes are a light golden brown around the edges.  Don't brown them too much as they will continue to brown when the casserole is baking.  Remove from the oven and set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the sausage, breaking up with a spoon, and the onion, and cook until the sausage is no longer pink and the onions are tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Add the spinach and cook, stirring, just until the spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper.

Spread the sausage mixture evenly in a 13 x 9 x 2 glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle the goat cheese over it and arrange the bread cubes on top of the cheese. Make 6 small indentations in the mixture, spacing them evenly apart.  Cover and put in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.

When ready to bake, carefully crack one egg into each of the indentations, making sure not to break the yolk (see note.)  Sprinkle the eggs lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny, about 15 minutes.

Notes:

To make sure that your yolks remain intact and there are no egg shell pieces in the egg, break each one first into a small (4 oz.) prep bowl, then add it to the casserole.



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