Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cookin' With Leo

By Leocthasme

Italian Sausage Pie

OK, so it has been a while since I have encountered my Dear Sweet Italian Fairy Godmother, and I suppose it was because I have not been spending much time on the back patio. Let’s face it it’s been one bad winter, even for Texas, colder than a well diggers lunch bucket. But now February has passed on and now it is March and in Texas March signals spring, even long before the 21st comes around. In a day or two we will be turning on the air conditioner to cool the place down. In any event I ventured out yesterday, spit on my finger and held it up to the breeze, and guess what my extremity did not freeze and drop off, so I figured it was safe to park my tail and enjoy the moment. Well, you might know, it wasn’t too long before I was enjoying the serenity with a cool one when who should show up but My Dear Sweet Italian Fairy Godmother.
“Hi” she sez, “Long time I no see you around.”
“Well, it has been some time, but it has been a tough winter, and I probably haven’t been out here since before the goblins. How are you doing Dear Sweet Italian Fairy Godmother?”
“Oh I do fine, been wintering in the old catacombs under Rome.”
“Well I guess that is as good as any place to spend the winter, should be nice and warm there.”
“Oh yea, good place, can find more of Caesar’s Concubines, Cooking Combinations down there. He hide all that good Roman Recipes down there so Huns never find it. They superstitious, so they never go there until Christians show up and start looking for saints, whoever.”
“So you have been there ever since looking for all the good things you can find?”
“Yep, and I been passing on to you my little bambino.”
“Well, I sure do appreciate all that effort and so do my readers, since they are getting a great education from the good things I pass on to them.”
“I glad somebody get benefit from it all. Enough there for the next thousand years.”
“I doubt I’ll be here that long Dear Sweet Italian Fairy Godmother, but maybe you can pass it on to my family.”
“We’ll see, but now here is another good Italian Recipe, a pie made with Italian Sausage."
“Sounds good to me, let’s have it.” I sure do have to learn to watch my words when I speak to my Dear Sweet Italian Fairy Godmother; she always lets me have it. SLAM, BANG with the magic wand bit, but now I do have the recipe for
Italian Sausage Pie as only Caesar’s Concubines could cook it.

Here is what you will need:

    ½ pound bulk Italian Pork Sausage
    2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables, thawed, drained.
    ½ cup Original Bisquick Mix
    1 cup milk
    ½ teaspoon each, salt and pepper
    2 eggs

And here is how we do it:

Heat the oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a 9 inch glass pie plate or spray it with cooking spray. In a 10 inch cast iron skillet cook the sausage over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes until thoroughly browned, drain. Spread sausage in pie pan. Sprinkle vegetables over top. In a mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients, mixing well with a whisk or fork until well blended, pour over meat mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. A jug of good Italian Red Wine will top it off.

Ya’ll Take Care Now, Ya’heah!

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