Monday, December 9, 2013

EASY SAUSAGE AND BROCCOLI PIES


Here is a savory snack that goes together quickly.
I will keep these in mind if I want to serve something light
for company during the Christmas season.


This combination of filling is very tasty .. sausage, broccoli, onion,
red peppers and cheese.
There are many other meats and veggies that would work as well.
Use whatever you have on hand.


A small amount of batter in the muffin pan forms a bottom crust.


Add the colorful medley of filling.


Divide remaining batter between cups and top with bacon bits.
Pop into the oven.


Looking very appetizing indeed!


EASY SAUSAGE AND BROCCOLI PIES

1 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
2/3 cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced 
½ lb. mild Italian sausage

In a non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add onion,
bell pepper and garlic; cook until vegetables are tender crisp.  
Turn into a mixing bowl; set aside.
Crumble sausage into same skillet; cook on medium high until meat is
browned. Drain off fat.  Stir into vegetable mixture.

1 cup broccoli florets, cut into ¼ - ½ inch pieces, steamed
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Add to sausage mixture; stir lightly to combine.

3/4 cup biscuit mix, like Bisquick
*(or make your own)
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs
½ tsp. salt
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

In medium bowl, whisk mix, milk, eggs and salt until well blended.
Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with  cooking spray or line with muffin papers.
Spoon 1 tablespoon batter mixture into each muffin cup.
Top with about ¼ cup sausage-broccoli mixture in each muffin cup.
Spoon remaining batter onto top of mixture in muffin cup, about 1 tablespoon each.
Top with bacon bits if desired.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until wooden pick
inserted in center comes out clean and tops are golden brown.
Cool 5 minutes.  Loosen sides with a thin knife; remove from pan and serve.
Yield: 12 mini pies

* I posted the recipe for a large amount of biscuit mix in an older post.
Here is the amount for this recipe.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. shortening or butter
Blend flour and baking powder; cut in shortening until
mixture is crumbly.




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