Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cracker Country Free Tatas

In Spain they are called tortillas. In France, omelets. In Italy, fritattas. Here in South Tampa we call this egg dish, free tatas. Come on, you're in cracker country. What did you expect? Tits for free? This is a family friendly web site. We don't say tits...there might be little chidrens a-readin' this here.

But, gettin' this train back on track, what I wanted to share with you has nothing to do with tits (damn, said it again). I wanted to tell you about this simply scrumptious delight I prepared on New Year's eve to be reheated for brunch the next day. It is sort of southern and sort of Italian and I call it:

                   Sausage and Collard Greens Free Tata

Recipe By     :JLR
Serving Size  : 6
Categories    : Main Dish

8             ounces  collard greens -- frozen
3/4          cup  whole milk
1/2          cup  heavy cream
1             teaspoon  Dijon mustard
3             eggs
               salt and pepper -- to taste
 8            ounces  French bread loaf -- cut in 1" cubes
 3/4         pound  Italian sausage -- bulk
 1            tablespoon  butter
 1/2         cup  sweet onions -- chopped
 1/4         cup  celery -- chopped
 1/4         cup  Parmesan cheese -- shredded

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk the milk, cream, mustard, and eggs until thoroughly mixed. A vigorous whisk will produce a frothy mixture which will create a lighter free tata.

Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper.

Add the bread cubes to the egg mixture and toss to combine, making sure every piece is saturated. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until cooked through. Remove the sausage from the pan and reserve 2 tablespoons of the pan drippings. Heat the reserved drippings and butter; add the onions and celery and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the greens to the pan and cover. Cook for 2 minutes to thaw, remove the lid, and season generously with salt and pepper. Continue to cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool for a few minutes.

Grease a 9 x 9 casserole dish.

Toss the greens and sausage with the bread mixture until well combined. Pour the mixture into the dish. Allow to sit for 45 minutes or so.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese and cook for an additional 25 minutes, or until the top is crisp and golden brown.

This dish is best served with a ice cold bottle of Prosecco.

  "Down Home Cooking"
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From MasterCook:

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 474 Calories; 33g Fat (62.5% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 188mg Cholesterol; 807mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 5 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

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