Impossible Breakfast Pie

Impossible Breakfast Pie
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  • 70 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8-10

Spicy pork sausage, bell peppers, and hash brown potatoes combine with cheese, eggs, milk, and baking mix for a large Impossible Breakfast Pie recipe that's perfect for a brunch. This dish feeds a crowd, and it's simple enough for even beginning cooks to make.

"Impossible" pies were invented in the 1950s by General Mills to use their newly developed baking mix, which combined flour, leavening, seasonings, and shortening. This short-cut baking product can be made by you - in which case you can control what goes into it. These "pies" hold together as a pie does, and have a slight crust, but they are not like real pies with a pie shell. Still, this recipe is easy and delicious!

This recipe can be changed as you'd like, as long as you keep the proportions the same. Substitute ham or cooked chicken for the bulk pork sausage, or use little breakfast sausages that you brown and cut up. You could add other veggies as well: mushrooms, sliced zucchini, or asparagus would be delicious choices. Use another type of cheese, or a different herb.

This really is a meal in one dish, so all you need to serve with it is orange juice, milk, and coffee. If you want a fancier meal, add a fruit salad or even a green salad.

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese, divided
  • 1 cup baking mix (or Homemade Baking Mix)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a glass 13x9x2" baking dish with unsalted butter, or spray with nonstick baking spray, and set aside.

In a large skillet, cook the sausage, bell pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink; drain well.

Stir together the sausage mixture, potatoes and 1-1/2 cups of the cheese in the prepared baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the baking mix, milk, half and half, pepper, eggs, and thyme and whisk until blended.

Pour into the baking dish over sausages and potatoes. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

Bake the casserole, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bake 1 to 2 minutes longer until cheese is melted. Cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.