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Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Breakfast Casserole
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Savory breakfast torte with hashbrown potato crust.

Sandi L.

Serves/Makes:8 or more

  • 12 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) whole milk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 3/4 tsp (4 ml) freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) butter, divided
  • 12 oz (336 grm). fresh breakfast links
  • 2 cups (475 ml) sliced leeks, white and pale green parts only
  • 1-1/2 lbs (.7 kg). russet potatoes, peeled, shredded, lightly squeezed
  • 1 lb (.5 kg). fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) swiss or gruyere cheese, grated (4 oz (112 grm).)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) grated Parmesan cheese (1-1/2 oz (42 grm).)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Whisk eggs,milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Melt 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter in a 12-inch cast iron or non-stick oven-proof skillet over medium heat.
  • Add sausages and cook, turning until brown all over--about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a plate.
  • Add leeks to skillet; cook until wilted about 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted.
  • Transfer to a small bowl.
  • Melt 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter in same skillet over medium heat.
  • Add potatoes spreading out in a even layer.
  • Cook without stirring until bottom edges are crisp and golden brown--about 10 minutes.
  • Invert potato pancake onto a large plate/platter and slide back into skillet brown side up.
  • Cook until bottom is golden brown--about 10 minutes.
  • Arrange sausages in a spoke pattern on potatoes.
  • Scatter spinach and leek mixture over pancake.
  • Pour in the egg mixture.
  • Sprinkle both cheeses over the top.
  • Bake until casserole is puffed and golden brown--35-40 minutes.
  • Slide onto a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley,
  • Serve warm or at room temperature cut into wedges.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit magazine, Nov. 2011.

Sausage may be eliminated for a vegetarian dish.

Ground sausage or turkey sausage may be substituted and sausage used may be chopped or sliced before adding to the casserole.

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