I’ve been waking up a couple hours earlier than Apolinaras on the weekends lately. My grumbling tummy and earlier bed time (pregnancy can be exhausting!) are to blame. I’ve been putting the time to good use though. First, I devour a bowl of cereal or some yogurt and fruit while catching up on one of my favorite reality shows that Apolinaras can’t stand. Then I head into the kitchen and cook up a special breakfast for the two of us. Sometimes it’s French toast or pancakes, but more often than not, eggs are on the menu.
Last weekend, my little French onion soup bowls caught my eye, and I decided it would be fun to attempt to make individual breakfast pot pies. This was a bit of an experiment, because I was worried the eggs and puff pastry tops would need to be baked for different periods of time, but luckily they turned out beautifully! I filled the dishes with onions, mushrooms, red pepper, and spicy Andouille chicken sausage, and then poured a cheesy egg mixture on top. Then I topped them with buttery flakey puff pastry dough. Apolinaras was pretty happy to wake up to such a yummy breakfast, and they also reheated wonderfully the next day. Time to start thinking about what to make this weekend!
Individual Breakfast Pot Pies
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 yellow onion, chopped
10 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 pound Andouille chicken sausages, chopped
12 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Puff Pastry Topping:
1 17.3-ounce package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed according to package instructions
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet and sauté onions, mushrooms, and red pepper for 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat or until tender; drain well and place in a large bowl. Add sausages to a clean pan with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute sausages for 6 to 8 minutes over medium heat or until browned; add sausages to the bowl with the veggies and mix well. Evenly distribute filling among 6 oven-safe greased individual pot pie dishes (my dishes held 1 3/4 cups water each, and they were about half way full when I distributed the filling). Place eggs, milk, and salt in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Stir in cheese. Evenly pour egg mixture on top of the filling in each pot pie dish (my dishes were about 3/4 full).
Heat oven to 350°F. Roll out puff pastry and cut to fit over the 6 dishes (I used 3/4 of the package). Place cut puff pastry on top of the dishes. Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl; brush egg wash evenly over the puff pastry and poke a few holes in the top of each puff pastry with a toothpick. Bake at 350˚F for 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and eggs are set; let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition: 613 calories, 40.5g fat, 1.6g fiber, 35.8g protein per serving
Cost: $2.13 per serving