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It seems like forever since I have posted. My life has been so hectic readjusting to our new schedules. Things are slowly becoming more comfortable and we are adjusting pretty well. I am getting used to a constant state of needing more sleep and feeling like I am not doing enough around the house to help out. Speaking of that … I haven’t cooked a real meal in quite some time. I wanted to share what I made tonight.

I left work early and decided tonight I was going to peel apples and cook a dish that I have never tried before and required some time. It was so nice to escape from work and school and more work. I love cooking in the kitchen and talking to my husband about our days. It really is my favorite time of the day … maybe that was what I have been missing so much.

So a gift for you all for being so patient with me and sending all of your happy thoughts my way … my recipe!! It was so good … trust me.


With apple season in full swing, and cooler weather on the way, here’s a casserole pie that combines sweet Italian sausage with Granny Smith apples, and a mix of cheeses.

Ingredients

  • 1 basic pie dough recipe, rolled out and lining a 9 or 10-inch pie dish, or 8×8 baking dish, chilled (or one frozen pie crust) – I used gluten free, of course.
  • 2 large tart Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about half a cup)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 lb sweet Italian sausage (bulk, or removed from casings)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups shredded fontina, provalone, and or asiago cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

Method

1 Preheat oven to 425°F. Line the inside of a pie shell with heavy aluminum foil, pressing the dough against the side. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil, poke the bottom of the pie crust with the tines of a fork to create air vents. Return crust to oven, bake for an additional 4 minutes, or until the crust just begins to brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

2 Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the apples, onions, and sugar, cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. In the last 30 seconds or so, add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Transfer mixture to a separate bowl. Increase the heat to medium high and in the same skillet add the Italian sausage. Cook, stirring only infrequently, until sausage is browned on all sides and is cooked through. Remove from heat. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a dish lined with paper towels to absorb the excess fat.

3 In medium sized bowl, mix together the cheeses and beaten eggs.

4 Place sausage on bottom of pre-baked pie crust. Add the cooked apple onion mixture over the sausage. Pour the cheese egg mixture over the apple mixture and spread it so it evenly covers the pie.

5 Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!!

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