"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else ." ~ James M. Barrie
NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!
Our grandson is in his marathon 'football' season… playing both football and soccer, sometimes both in the same day. He is the blur running in the middle photo. We have had such beautiful weather this week, even I went to his night games Monday and Tuesday this week.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
This is another recipe from our weekend at Sugar Lake about a month ago. The recipe was from epicurious.com… prepared by and shared with dear friends.
POTATO, SAUSAGE AND SPINACH BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
- 16 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 12 ounces fresh breakfast sausage links
- 2 cups sliced leeks, white and pale-green parts only
- 2 russet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, shredded, lightly squeezed
- 1 pound frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups (4 ounces) grated Gruyere
- 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan
Position a rack in top third of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Whisk eggs, cream, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl; set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 12" cast-iron or nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add sausages and cook, turning often, until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add leeks to skillet. Season with salt; cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes, spreading out in an even layer. Cook without stirring until bottom and edges are crisp and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Slide potato pancake onto a large plate. Invert onto another large plate. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet. slide potato pancak into skillet, browned side up; cook until bottom is golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Scatter spinach, leeks, and sausages over potato pancake, each in an even layer. Season with salt and pepper, then pour in egg mixture. Sprinkle both cheese over.
Bake until casserole is puffed and golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.