Sunday, January 24, 2016

Savory Sausage Bundt "Cake"

Every year we are invited to a friends poker party.  The party is a lot of fun, and we are able to  catch up with old friends, meet some great new friends, but the funny part is neither Craig or I play poker. At the party, Craig helps maintain the buy in table, and keep track of who's in and who's out, while I tend to help keep the kitchen picked up. 

Since there's an occasional alcoholic beverage, we usually reserve a room and our “thanks” is to make breakfast (for those who have crashed or reserved a room. Some times people leave before breakfast, and miss out big time, just sayin!). In years past we've made fig scones, omelettes just to name a few. This year, I came across a recipe for a Savory Stuffed Bundt Cake, and was like, I just have to make this!!

So the recipe goes like this:

Savory Sausage Bundt "Cake"
* 1 batch pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
* 2 lb bulk sausage(I used a turkey breakfast, but chorizo would be incredible)
*¾ lb jack cheese, shredded
*¾ lb cheddar cheese, shredded
* 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded & diced fine
* 1 onion, diced fine
* ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped, plus more for garnish if desired
* black pepper, to taste
* 5 eggs, beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Generously grease the bunds pan.
3. Cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat, drain as needed
4. While the sausage is cooking, mix the cheese, jalapeño, onion, cheese and cilantro in a medium mixing bowl, add black pepper to taste.
5. Roll out the dough and place in a greased bundt pan, placing the dough so that there is enough lip around the inner column and outer edge to fold together after adding the filling. If your bundt pan is larger, just do your best. You'll have to pinch together the ends anyway.
6. Once the sausage is cooked, add to the cheese, jalapeño, onion and cilantro mixture. Mix together and check seasoning, adjusting as needed.
7. Whisk the eggs and combine with the sausage mixture. Pour the sausage mixture into the bundt pan and distribute evenly.
8. Fold the outer and inner edges of the dough together and press to seal.
9. Bake the bundt cake for 40-45 minutes until the dough takes on a golden color.
10. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Serve warm.
If your not a fan of sausage, you can substitute bacon, ham or even turkey.  Can also be made with vegetarian, using EverRoast “sausages”.  Also, can add additional vegetables as desired,
blanched broccoli, 
diced celery, 
diced potatoes, 
chopped asparagus…..the list goes on.  
Make it with whatever you would like.  I would recommend that if you change the meat or vegetables, that you use a complementary cheese.  Example:
Chorizo/Queso Fresco/Cheddar/Potatoes,
Turkey/Dill Havarti/Broccoli…..(maybe avocado?)
Think ahead….for this, I pre-browned the sausage and made the onion/cheese/sausage mixture the night before. I would highly recommend that you don't assemble the entire mixture ahead, as the dough would become soggy.

Recipe adapted from 

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