WHAT YOU NEED

Ingredients:

 
  • 2 mild Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) local butter, divided
  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 lb/454 g), peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups (1 L) cubed crusty bread (about 1 inch/2.5 cm pieces)
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped or pulled cooked turkey or chicken


 
  • 1 cup (250 mL) baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) each, chopped fresh thyme and sage
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) brandy (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) local milk
  • Pinch each, salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • In a large, cast iron skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until browned and no longer pink inside. Scrape into a large bowl and discard excess fat. Return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the butter. Add onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until caramelized and very soft. Add to sausage.
  • Return skillet to medium heat and add sweet potato; cook, stirring for about 15 minutes or until tender and golden. Add to the bowl. Stir in bread, turkey, spinach, thyme and sage. Spread mixture into the same cast iron skillet.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In a small, microwaveable bowl, melt remaining butter and stir in brandy, if using. Drizzle over bread mixture.
  • In another bowl, whisk eggs, then whisk in milk, salt and pepper until combined. Drizzle over bread mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden and knife inserted into centre comes out clean. Let cool slightly before serving.


Tips: No turkey? No problem—substitute turkey with a rotisserie chicken! This recipe can also be baked in a 13 x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish or baked and served beautifully in individual 1 cup (250 mL) ramekins.

NUTRITIONAL INFO PER SERVING:

1/8th recipe
Calories 540
Fat 36 g
Saturated Fat 19 g
Trans Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 205 mg
Sodium 780 mg
Carbohydrates 38 g
Fibre 5 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 25 g

 

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