Sausage, Egg & Cheese Stuffed Fingerling Potato Skins
Welcoming family and friends over the holiday season sometimes includes a morning breakfast preparation and what a nice way to say good morning to guests than sharing a readied basket of piping hot tasty bites like Sausage, Egg & Cheese Stuffed Fingerling Potato Skins.
Offering another choice in your breakfast entertaining repertoire, much of this dish may be assembled while your oven is preheating or even while cooking your dinner the evening before, simply baking off the fingerlings and scraping out the skins.
Cooked sausage and shallots with the egg and cheese mixture may also be combined in advance leaving the morning task to simply stir, stuff, and bake.
- 10-12 fingerling potatoes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 shallot, chopped fine
- 4-5 ounces spicy breakfast sausage such as Jimmy Dean
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 3-4 tablespoons half and half, or a bit more
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- pinch nutmeg
- good pinch coarse kosher salt
- a few grinds fresh cracked black pepper
- fresh herb for garnish, optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Prick outside of potatoes with a fork and set onto a parchment lined baking sheet
- Bake until tender and fork easily slides through, around 35-40 minutes, remove cooked potatoes, cool
- Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato reserving for another use
- Heat a large nonstick pan, add in the butter, swirl to coat the pan, scrape in the shallots, cook on very low temperature until softened, around two minutes
- Stir in the sausage, and cook on low heat until done, once cooked, drain excess grease
- Beat the eggs with the half and half, stir in the cheddar cheese, fold through the cooled sausage mixture
- Season with a pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper, check seasoning, adjust to taste. Cover and refrigerate until baking time
- Spoon filling into each potato and bake on parchment lined baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven around 30-35 minutes, more or less, until egg is cooked and potatoes are crisped and hot throughout
- Garnish with sprigs of a fresh herb
Potatoes may be prepared a day in advance.