Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cooking Thursday - #9 March 10

Had this one last night and it was amazing. You really need to try it :)

Italian Sausage Pie

DELICIOUS and super easy to make.  The prep time is a little long, about 40 minutes and then it has to cook for another 45, but it's well worth the wait.

Italian Sausage Pie

Credit:  Better Homes and Garden

1 1/2 lbs sweet or hot bulk Italian sausage
1 C red pepper, chopped
1/2 C onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 – 16oz pkg hot roll mix
5 eggs
3 C shredded mozzarella
1/2 carton (15 oz) ricotta cheese  (I accidentally forgot and added the whole carton and the world didn't come crashing down)
1/2 of a 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

In an extra large skillet, cook sausage; sweet pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is brown;  drain off fat.

Prepare hot roll mix according to package directions through kneading.  Cover;  let rest for 5 minutes.

Italian Sausage Pie

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl, beat the five eggs.  Stir in 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and spinach.  Stir in sausage mixture.

Italian Sausage Pie

On a light floured surface, roll three-fourths of the dough into a 15-inch circle.  Fit into bottom and press up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan.  Sprinkle dough with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese. 

Spoon sausage mixture over cheese.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese;  press into sausage mixture.
Roll remaining dough into a 9-inch circle;  place on cheese.    Fold edge of bottom dough over top dough;  pinch to seal.

In a small bowl, combine the one egg and the water.  Brush over top of pie;  allow to dry for 5 minutes.  Using a sharp knife, score top of pie in a diamond pattern, being careful not to cut all the way through the dough.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.  Let stand in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

Using a small spatula, loose pie from side of pan;  remove side of pan.  Cut pie into wedges.

Italian Sausage Pie

Makes 10 servings.

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