Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sausage and butternut squash skillet eggs

So the husband is on crew-rest for his flight this evening that means we get to make a "fun" breakfast besides simple fried eggs and fruit on the fly like we normally do on a weekday.  I decided I needed to do something with the sausage leftover from the kids breakfast and a small butternut squash that has been on my counter for a week now.  So combine those two things and some eggs and voila "fancy" weekday breakfast.

This makes enough for man and one woman :)  otherwise decide on your own how many eggs you prefer

  •  1/3 of a pound of breakfast sausage (look for gluten free and nitrate free)
  • 1/2 of a small butternut squash (peeled, seeded and nuked in microwave for 2 min, before dicing) yields about 1cup diced
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 cups of spinach or large handful
  • 5 eggs
  • chili powder for garnish

Preheat oven to 350.  Whip out the cast-iron skillet(if you haven't already noticed I am a huge fan of my large cast-iron skillet, it even takes brute strength to hoist that thing into an oven so lifting weights is a must :))  you could use an oven safe non-stick skillet as well.  Cook the sausage first then transfer to paper towel lined plate to drain.  While sausage is cooking take this time to prep the onions and squash.  I like to first peel the squash, then scoop out the seeds and throw it in the microwave for 2 min to soften it a tad so cooking is not prolonged in the skillet.  Once it is nuked you can dice it with a food chopper or by hand if you are so inclined.  Dice the onion as well at this time I mean what else are you doing while that sausage is cooking?  Once you have transferred the sausage keep the fat and brown bits in the skillet and add the onions and squash mix around every now and again.  Cook until the onions are translucent and the squash is fork tender then you can throw in the spinach.  Just continue to cook until the veggies are tender and the spinach is wilted...I am not sure how long that took me...seemed like a while as I was salivating in anticipation.  Drink a cup of coffee if you grow inpatient.  Throw in the cooked sausage once the veggies are ready.  Mix everything around then make little "wells" in the mix to plop the eggs into.  Cook for a couple minutes until you start to see the whites of the eggs start to set underneath then throw it in the oven, ok this is where brute strength is needed I hope you have been hitting the weights for this one.  Walk away for about 5-7 min and read the Wall Street Journal or ok lets be real read Facebook news.  Once you see the tops of the eggs set you can decide when you want to pull them out I like mine slightly runny but not too much so I think that took about 5 min.  Sprinkle some chili powder on top for an extra zest and Enjoy! 

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