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Southwest Breakfast Tart

Give your breakfast crowd a stick-to-the-ribs jump start on Christmas morning with this cheesy tart. It’s packed with sausage, plenty of heat, holiday color and hearty Tex-Mex flavor. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 4 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes and sliced green onions


  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, jalapeno and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in chilies.
  • Press pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. tart pan with removable bottom; trim edges. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over crust; top with sausage mixture.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, salt and pepper. Pour over sausage mixture. Sprinkle with red and green peppers and 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with toppings of your choice.
    Freeze option: Before adding reserved cheese and toppings, securely wrap and freeze cooled quiche in plastic wrap and foil. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap quiche; reheat in oven until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Top with cheese and toppings as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 419 calories, 30g fat (13g saturated fat), 259mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein.

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  • heartlandmom
    Jan 4, 2011

    Due to lack of planning for overnight guests, I had some but not all of the ingredients for this quiche. Instead of sausage, I chopped up a couple of pieces of bacon and sauteed with the onion, then used cubed ham left from Christmas dinner. I substituted a few jarred jalapenos for the fresh jalapenos and green chilies, and had to add a little mozzarrella to the monterey jack. It was still wonderful!