Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sausage & Bisquit Potpie

Hi Folks. I've been a bit 'under the weather' for a bit and seem to have fallen way behind on both my blog writing and reading. Still not up to snuff, but maybe this offering will appeal to some of you. It's NOT health food because I think it tastes GREAT!!

Sausage and Biscuit Pot Pie

This classic sausage and biscuit combination makes a good brunch or Sunday supper choice. Mixing some seasonings and vegetables into the sausage meat turns the filling into a quick meat loaf. This pot pie bakes in the oven twice. Once to bake the filling and then to bake the pot pie with its topping.

Makes 8 servings
Baking the filling: about 35 minutes
Pot pie baking: 400 degrees F. for about 17 minutes

1 1/2 pounds ground pork sausage
2 cups (2 medium) finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 14.5 ounce can tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper

Biscuit Crust:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup buttermilk, non fat is fine

Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Have ready a 9-by-2-inch round baking dish or 9-inch glass pie dish.

Make the filling. In a large bowl and using a large spoon or your clean fingers, mix the sausage, onion, green pepper, parsley and garlic to combine them. Spread the filling evenly in the baking dish, but do not pack it down. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and carefully pour off any liquid or fat and discard it. Spoon the tomatoes evenly over top. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Return the pan to the oven for 15 more minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes while you prepare the topping.

Make the topping. In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Add the butter pieces. Using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer on low speed, a pastry blender, or your fingertips, mix the ingredients together until coarse crumbs form, about
1/2 to 3/4 inch in size. Add the buttermilk and continue stirring, just until a soft dough forms. Gather the dough into a ball. Lightly flour the rolling surface and rolling pin and roll the dough into a 9-inch circle (about 3/4 inch thick) that fits snugly into the baking dish. Use a metal spatula to loosen the dough from the rolling surface and place it over the filling. If the dough breaks during the transfer, just pinch it together.

Bake until the top is evenly golden, about 17 minutes. Cut into wedges and use a wide spatula or pancake turner to lift the filling with its topping from the baking dish.

This is great on a cold night. Until next time, take care.


Cherie said...

I was wondering if you had come down with something, Mike, as I noticed your absence from the blogging scene. I'm sorry to hear that you have indeed been under the weather. Hope you are feeling better today.

Thanks for the pot pie recipe. I'm always on the lookout for a good pot pie concoction; have not found one I like, yet. This one, however, looks promising.

Be well, Mike!

Jim said...

Holy moley! The man disappears and then comes back and makes me feel hungry!!

Welcome back Mike. Missed ya.


Patricia said...

Hey, Mike!
Nice to see you back on board.
Recipe sounds delicious. I wonder if it would be good with the combination I usually use for meat loaf, 1/3 each of pork sausage, ground beef, and ground turkey, a little heavy on the ground beef. I'll let you know.
Stay well, now!

The Guy Who Writes This said...

You've been missed, my friend. Welcome back.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike - looks great! Thanks for the recipe.

I've been lagging in blogging too, but not for health reasons so much as general ennui. Hope you're doing well - even though I'm not often in touch, you are in my thoughts.

Cecily said...

Hi Mike, I was just thinking about you last night and wondering if you were OK... sorry to hear you've been a bit down and I hope you pick up soon!

Take care...

tshsmom said...

I'm glad you're up and around again!

Pot pie is my son's favorite dinner.
I make mine with leftover meat and gravy, carrots, celery, peas, in a homemade pie crust.

Kelly Malloy said...

My hubby will love this!