Green chilies and shredded cheese lend southwest flavor to this hearty breakfast casserole that you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring vegetable broth to boiling. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, stir together milk and polenta. Add polenta mixture in a slow, steady stream to vegetable broth, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Cook and stir until bubbly; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes more until polenta is thickened. Stir in cheese and diced green chlles until well mixed; set aside.

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  • In an extra-large skillet, cook sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium-high heat until meat browns and onion is tender. Drain and discard liquid. Stir in polenta mixture until well mixed.

  • Evenly spread polenta-meat mixture into a greased 3-quart oval or rectangular baking dish. Cover baking dish with a sheet of greased or nonstick foil; store overnight in the refrigerator.

  • While oven preheats to 375°, use the bottom of a 1/3-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray to make eight indentations in the polenta mixture. Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Remove baking dish from oven; remove foil. Break one egg into a small dish. Carefully slide the egg into an indentation. Repeat with remaining eggs. Return to oven.

  • Bake, uncovered, in the 325°F oven for 25 minutes more or until the eggs are almost set. Let stand on wire rack 5 to 10 minutes (eggs will continue to cook). If you like, sprinkle with pepper and snipped cilantro and serve with hot pepper sauce.

For four servings:

Grease a 2-quart au gratin baking dish. Prepare as directed above except cut all of the ingredient amounts in half, using 2/3 cup milk and 2/3 cup shredded cheese. Bake, covered, in a 375°F oven for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes more or until the eggs are almost set. Let stand on wire rack 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

392 calories; 19 g total fat; 225 mg cholesterol; 686 mg sodium. 34 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein;

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