Spicy Sausage Pancake Bake

Spicy Sausage Pancake Bake

If you love a good, hearty breakfast casserole, this Spicy Sausage Pancake Bake is going to make your morning! With a puff pancake base topped with seasoned spicy sausage and melted Pepper Jack cheese, I found this tasty, a little spicy, and great to make once and eat all week. This would also be wonderful for a family breakfast, brunch or breakfast-for-dinner evening meal. With a sweet side of fruit, this is a perfectly filling savory breakfast.

Spicy Sausage Pancake Bake

The recipe I adapted this from used ham and Gruyere instead of sausage and Pepper Jack, so feel free to substitute your favorite breakfast meats, cheeses and seasonings to suit your tastes.

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out my breakfast category for all sorts of lightened-up morning favorites.

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Spicy Sausage Pancake Bake

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb uncooked spicy Italian poultry sausage, casings removed (turkey, chicken or both will all work)
  • 1 teaspoon dried fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons light butter (I use Land O’Lakes)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup flour (I used white whole wheat but all-purpose or regular wheat would be fine)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 oz reduced fat Pepper Jack cheese, shredded (I used Cabot 50% reduced fat)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425.
  2. Bring a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the sausage, fennel and red pepper flakes. Cook the sausage, breaking it up with a cooking spoon or spatula, until browned and broken into small pieces. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl (or a blender – you can blend this mixture until well combined), combine the milk, flour, eggs and salt and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  4. Place the butter into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and place in the pre-heated oven for 5-10 minutes until the butter is completely melted. Remove the dish and tilt so that the butter spreads across the bottom of the dish. Pour the flour/egg mixture across the bottom of the dish and then sprinkle the cooked sausage and shredded cheese over the top. Place back in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese starts to brown and the ingredients are cooked through.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1/8th of the recipe) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 6 SmartPoints/ Blue: 5 SmartPoints/ Purple: 5 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
240 calories, 11 g carbs, 1 g sugars, 12 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 11 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Adapted from Make & Takes