Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Morning Cups

We are so excited my parents will be gathered with us around our Christmas tree this year for Christmas. None of us will want to miss a moment of the children's excitement Christmas morning, so I'm planning an easy menu of finger foods for breakfast. I love Panera Bread's baked egg souffles and wanted to find a recipe to approximate the turkey sausage and potato souffle. One of my favorite foodies featured a recipe awhile back for Crescent Bacon and Cheese Tarts, so I adapted Steph's recipe to incorporate the flavors I'm craving this Christmas. I made these Saturday and have enjoyed leftovers this week reheated in the oven for a few minutes at 350 degrees.

Christmas Morning Cups

1 (17.3-ounce) package puff pastry sheets
4 tablespoons sausage, cooked and crumbled
1 cup southern hash brown potatoes, fried until crisp in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and seasoned to taste with salt and pepper
2 teaspoons red pepper, diced
4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions. Spread dough and press perforations to seal. Cut the dough into 8 squares, and press each square into a muffin cup. Equally divide sausage, potatoes, red pepper and cheese among the pastry cups. Beat the egg in a small bowl and whisk in cream. Pour the egg mixture over the other ingredients, and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry tips are golden brown and the filling is set. Cool 5 minutes, then ease the Christmas cups from the muffin tin and serve.

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