Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Brie and Sausage Bake

This was the second dish that I created for our Father's Day/Allan's Birthday brunch on Sunday!  It is delicious warm or room temperature and is one of those dishes that you can put together the night before, and then when your guests arrive, all you have to do is sprinkle it with cheese and heat!  Easy and delicious!!!

1lb Italian sausage (either in bulk or removed from casings)
1 small onion, chopped
8 cups of cubed sourdough day-old bread (I used potato scallion!)
1/2 cup shopped roasted sweet red peppers
1/2 lb Brie, cubed
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp minced fresh basil (or 2 tsp dried)
8 eggs
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 green onions, sliced
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
  • Place bread cubes in a greased 13"x9" baking dish.  Layer with sausage mixture, red peppers, Brie and Parmesan cheeses,  and basil.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, mustard, pepper and salt; pour over top.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from fridge 30 mins before baking.  Bake, uncovered, at 350F for 45-50 mins. or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Bake 4 to 6 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand 10 mins. before cutting.  Sprinkle each piece with green onions, serve and ENJOY!

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