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Instant Pot: Maple Sausage & Waffle Casserole

Breakfast Casseroles. They're common to make around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another time you'll see them is for brunch buffets. What is it? Most recipes usually call for bread, an egg mixture and sometimes breakfast meats like sausage or bacon mixed in and topped with cheese. These casseroles are popular because it's easily assembled making for a stressfree dish. I'm not particularly a fan of them... well until now. I came across this recipe for a Maple Sausage And Waffle Breakfast Casserole and it certainly turned me on to breakfast casseroles. It's like a hybrid of waffles, french toast and casserole all into one with both sweet and savory flavors throughout. So if there's any breakfast casserole you should try for your next brunch event or even for 'brinner' (breakfast dinner), it's definitely this one!...

I normally don't buy processed foods like frozen waffles, so I was surprised to see that it was called for in this recipe. The key thing is to get Eggo brand waffles because it offers the perfect texture needed to make this casserole a success. I've tried other brands and it's true - Eggo waffles are essential. 

This casserole starts out by toasting the waffles in an oven to get crisp. The waffles are then layered in a dish with cooked maple flavored breakfast sausage, shredded cheddar cheese and sautéed onions, bell peppers and celery. An egg mixture of eggs, maple syrup and milk is poured over the top, covered in plastic wrap and weighted down while chilling for at least an hour or overnight. By the time you're ready to pressure cook, all the egg mixture has absorbed into the waffles. It's put into the Instant Pot for about 25 minutes and once done, you have a beautifully puffed up dish full of sweet and savory flavors. It was a great start to the morning and so easy to prepare!

* Aside from using Eggo brand waffles, I highly recommend using the Eggo French Toast flavored waffles for this. It adds a nice touch of cinnamon and more maple flavor!





Maple Sausage And Waffle Breakfast Casserole

ingredients:

2 teaspoons oil
8 ounces Maple Sausage (pork or turkey)
1 small onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
3-4 frozen Eggo Homestyle Waffles 
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese 
3 eggs
1 cup milk 
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

instructions:

In your Instant Pot:


Plug in the IP with insert set in place.

Press SAUTE. Add oil to IP; when hot add sausage and brown until no longer pink. Remove from IP, transfer to bowl and set aside.

In the now empty IP, add the onions, peppers and celery; cook until softened. Transfer vegetables to bowl with sausage.

Coat a 7 inch springform pan with non-stick spray or butter. Arrange 2-3 waffles in the bottom and sprinkle with half the sausage/vegetable mixture and half the cheese. Repeat layer, with remaining waffles, sausage/vegetable mixture and cheese. 

In another bowl, whisk eggs and milk in a bowl with the syrup, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the waffles layers. Cover with plastic wrap and set a weight on top.  Refrigerate overnight or for at least 1 hour. 

Place the metal Instant Pot trivet on the bottom of the IP and pour in 1 cup of water. 

Transfer the prepared casserole in the springform pan onto the trivet; cover with foil, paper towel or silicone cover.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 25 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 25 minutes (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

Carefully turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen). The IP will automatically default to the WARM mode - Press OFF.

Carefully remove the pan from the Ip and allow to cool slightly before serving. 
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