SOURCE: Johnsonville

March 21, 2013 05:00 ET

Rise and Dine

Breakfast Dishes for Any Springtime Celebration

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2013) - (Family Features) Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to make breakfast more special, gather friends and family around the table to make some new memories together. These recipes are full of flavor and, best of all, easy to make, so you have more time to spend enjoying a delicious meal with the people you love.

Olé Tortilla Cups -- Zesty bites made with Johnsonville Hot & Spicy Breakfast

Sausage Links can be prepped ahead of time and baked when you're ready.
Cornbread with Spicy Sausage and Red
Peppers -- A colorful side that pairs great with a tasty skillet dish.

Breakfast Sausage Skillet with Sautéed Tomatoes and Basil -- Have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go to make cooking this restaurant-style breakfast skillet really easy.

Crustless Mini Quiches -- Make these bite-sized beauties ahead of time and serve at room temperature.
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Cornbread with Spicy Sausage and Red Peppers 
Servings: 8 
Prep Time: 25 minutes 
Bake Time: 20 minutes 
      1 12-ounce package Johnsonville Hot & Spicy or Original Recipe Breakfast Sausage
      1 cup yellow cornmeal
      3/4 cup all-purpose flour
      2 tablespoons sugar
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      2 eggs
      1 cup milk
      1/4 cup butter, melted
      3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
      1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Remove sausage links from casings. (Slice casing with knife and peel to remove.)

In skillet, cook and crumble sausage until no longer pink; drain and set aside.

In bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, combine eggs, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fold in sausage, red bell pepper and cheese.

Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Crustless Mini Quiches
Yield: 7 servings (3 quiches each)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
        Nonstick oven spray
      1 sleeve whole wheat crackers, crushed
      1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
      1 package Johnsonville Original Recipe Breakfast Sausage
      1 package frozen broccoli florets, thawed, drained
      1 cup frozen corn
      8 ounces reduced fat cheddar cheese
      32 ounces liquid egg whites
        Kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Generously spray 21 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. Set aside.

In small bowl, mix crushed crackers and Parmesan. Distribute evenly between muffin cups.

Cook sausage according to package instructions. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Evenly distribute sausage into muffin cups.

Chop broccoli into small pieces. Microwave for 1 minute on high; drain well. Spoon broccoli evenly into muffin cups. Top evenly with corn and cheddar cheese.

Pour egg whites over each of the muffin cups.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until mini quiches are set. Let rest for 2 minutes prior to unmolding.

Olé Tortilla Cups
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 18 minutes
      1 12-ounce package Johnsonville Hot & Spicy or Original Recipe Breakfast Sausage
      9 flour tortillas (6 inches), at room temperature (thicker, home-style tortillas work best)
      2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican blend cheese
      6 eggs
      1/2 cup milk
      1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
      1/4 cup chopped cilantro
      1/8 teaspoon salt
      1/8 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook sausage according to package directions; cut into small pieces and set aside.

Coat muffin pan and both sides of tortillas with cooking spray. Cut tortillas into quarters.

Arrange three tortilla pieces in each muffin cup, overlapping to fit. Press tortillas gently and firmly into muffin pan. (Tortillas should stick up higher than muffin cup sides.) Arrange half of the cheese in tortilla-lined muffin cups. Top with sausage and the remaining cheese.

In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk, bell pepper, cilantro, salt and pepper. Carefully pour into cups.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until eggs are set.

Serve with salsa if desired.

Breakfast Sausage Skillet with Sautéed Tomatoes and Basil
Servings: 3 to 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
      2 medium red skinned potatoes, (about 3/4 pound) cut into thin wedges
      1 small onion, sliced
      1 teaspoon rosemary, dried or fresh
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      1 12-ounce package Johnsonville Original Recipe Breakfast Sausage, divided
      1/2 pint grape tomatoes, (about 1 cup)
      1/3 cup shredded Gouda cheese
      2 to 4 large eggs, poached, fried or scrambled
      1/4 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
  Salt and pepper to taste

In bowl, combine potato wedges, onion slices, rosemary and olive oil. Toss together.

In large skillet over medium heat, add potato mixture and cook for 5 minutes. Add half the sausages to pan and continue cooking another 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally to evenly brown ingredients.

Add tomatoes, stir to combine and heat through allowing the tomatoes to brown slightly and burst, about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with shredded Gouda cheese, and top with eggs and a sprinkling of fresh basil.

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