This recipe combines so many wonderful things into one spectacular dish. The sweet Italian sausage is mixed with potatoes, corn, garlic and, to top it all off, pancake batter. It all melds together into a delicious meal that you and your family will love.
Sweet Italian Sausage gets its name from the spices and sugar that are added to it when it’s made. The spices vary depending on the type you purchase. Most have fennel, anise, and basil; some have sugar, garlic, and sweet paprika. There is also a hot variety, as well, which adds hot red pepper flakes to the mix. When you’re purchasing Italian sausage, make sure to determine from the label whether it’s sweet or hot.
When making this recipe, don’t leave out the apricot preserves for the top. They add just the perfect amount of flavor and sweetness to this dish. In fact, apricot preserves should be a staple in your kitchen. It’s amazing what you can do with a jar of this sweet condiment (e.g. Easy Chicken, Juicy Baked Ham, or Chocolate Cake with Apricot Preserves )
Sweet Italian Sausage Casserole Recipe
Ingredients for Sweet Italian Sausage Casserole:
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage (bulk, if possible, but you can remove it from the casings if you need to)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 – 6 potatoes, unpeeled and cubed
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 ½ cups corn
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 3 tsp. baking soda
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups cheese, shredded (cheddar, Monterrey jack, co-jack all work well)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
Directions for Sweet Italian Sausage Casserole:
In a large skillet, brown the sausage (bulk or removed from the casings) with the chopped onion and garlic cloves until you have broken up the sausage a bit (should be somewhat crumbly, but not completely cooked). Add the potatoes and sprinkle with the rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cover and continue cooking, stirring and breaking up the sausage, until the potatoes are tender. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes more.
In a mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, soda, flour, sugar, oil, and salt – whisk together until well blended.
In a large lightly-oiled baking dish, layer the sausage/potato mixture on the bottom, cover with the cheese, then pour the egg/milk mixture over the top. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes (or until golden brown on the top – careful not to burn).
Immediately after removing from the oven, brush the tablespoon of melted butter over the top. Put the apricot preserves on the top and spread it around as it melts. Let sit for 10 minutes prior to serving.
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