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Italian Spinach Sausage Pie

 Italian Spinach Sausage Pie
Christmas at out house is a celebration of tradition. No matter how many guests we might have, our morning brunch has not varied for years. It's always this festive sausage pie served with stollen and fruit salad.
8 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 6 Eggland's Best Eggs
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pastry for double-crust pie (10 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • In a skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink;
  • drain. Separate one egg and set the yolk aside.
  • In a bowl, beat the egg white and remaining eggs. Add spinach,
  • mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, salt, garlic powder, pepper and
  • sausage; mix well.
  • Line a 10-in. pie plate with bottom pastry. Add filling. Roll out
  • remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal
  • and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.
  • If desired, cut out holly leaf and berry shapes from pastry scraps;
  • place on top crust. Beat water and remaining egg yolk; brush over
  • top.
  • Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and

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Italian Spinach Sausage Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • filling is bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 692 calories, 50 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 266 mg cholesterol, 1,072 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 29 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.