“Save me the corner” Sausage and Potato Brunch Bake

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Some time ago I posted a recipe for a great breakfast, brunch or dinner “bake” on Food 52 and I was gently reminded of it upon another trip to the freezer and retrieved a bag of emergency frozen potatoes…A recipe that adapts quite well to a bag of frozen potatoes if you are short on time or just a little lazy, but you certainly can make your favorite shredded potato with onions and peppers recipe.   Since my recipe is not sausage specific add your favorite flavorful sausage, and lastly a good white or orange cheddar with a mild or sharp taste is the cheesy part, about 3/4 -1 cup…

You can make this a day ahead and reheat individual pieces for a quick breakfast…

Serves 6-8

20 ounces Frozen shredded potatoes with onions and peppers or the equivalent of homemade flash frozen on a sheet pan
1/2 red sweet pepper
2-3 fat Italian sausage links, casings removed, crumbled, and lightly and briefly sautéed browned as it will finish cooking in the baking dish
1-1/4 cups 2% or whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
* A sprinkle of homemade sausage seasoning
1 teaspoon dry mustard
5-6 large eggs thoroughly whisked
1-1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic through garlic press

Sauté the red pepper for a couple of minutes just to soften a bit. Remove the sausage from casings, crumble and brown keeping the sausage slightly underdone adding garlic for the last-minute. Remove from heat. Whisk the eggs with the salt, pepper, mustard and any other seasonings that you would like to add. My Italian sausage is pretty flavorful so I don’t need but a pinch of my seasoning for a little boost in flavor. Grate the cheese and add into the eggs, toss in the sausage, break up the frozen potatoes into a buttered baking dish and pour the egg and sausage mixture over, folding the whole thing together until thoroughly blended. Bake in a 350° preheated oven for about 50 minutes; allow sitting time for several minutes before cutting and serving. Serve with a tropical fruit salad and hot sauces for those who like an extra kick. I love the crispy corner piece…dibs.