Friday, May 2, 2008

Sausage Bake

This is a really easy, versatile dish that is satisfying and delicious. A woman in my neighborhood showed a group of us how to make it a couple of months ago at our cooking class and I recreated it last night. I made a few alterations. You can make this with cooked chicken, sausage or ground beef.

Chicken Bake or Sausage
Cut two chicken breasts (the meat) into bite size pieces and saute in 1 Tbs hot oil with 3 cloves of garlic minced, until golden. Then put the heat to low and let it cook for 15 minutes, covered.
If using sausage, brown 1 lb sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 green peppers, finely chopped and 2-3 cloves garlic, minced, and cook together, until meat is cooked through and green peppers are tender.
Spray a 9*13-inch pan with cooking spray and layer whole wheat tortillas, torn into 1 inch strips, on the bottom of the pan.
Make sure the tortillas cover the entire dish.
Spread half of the cooked sausage or chicken over the top, 1/2 cup chopped scallions, 2 cups baby spinach, and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Repeat the layers again starting with the tortillas, and ending with the cheese, but omitting the spinach.
In a large bowl, whisk together 8-10 eggs, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1 tsp each of pepper, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, and thyme.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole and place 12-15 thin slices of tomatoes on the top.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and cooked rice.