Sausage Potato Frittata!

This "Sausage Potato Frittata" is a great meal when you are short on time and it's good for breakfast, lunch or dinner!   If you haven't ever made a frittata, it's similar to a quiche, but cooks in much less time.  This recipe is pretty basic and very hearty, but you can add anything extra you like.  Green or red peppers, mushroom or some diced zucchini would be great also.  Here is what you need:
1 lb. ground breakfast sausage
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
3 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
8 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup shredded Gouda cheese (can substitute Swiss or Monterrey Jack)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4-5 green onions, sliced thin

In a large oven proof skillet brown the sausage. Remove the sausage to another dish.  I just used my large iron skillet.  Leave the drippings in the skillet and add 1/4 cup oil.  If the sausage rendered a lot of grease, you might not need as much oil, but usually sausage nowadays doesn't rendered much grease.   Add the diced potatoes to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Fry the potatoes just like you would ordinary fried potatoes.  Toss the potatoes to coat with oil.  Cover with a lid and cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat. 

Remove lid and turn to brown on the other side.  You don't need to brown these as much as you would for fried potatoes, because this will be cooked more from this point.  Add the browned sausage back to the pan.

In a bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, half and half, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Add the cup of Gouda cheese or Swiss if that is what you are using.  Pour evenly over the potatoes and sausage.  Move the skillet around to cover it all.  Cook uncovered over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or when the eggs are set.  The top will still look shiny and wet.  When you move the skillet around the eggs don't move around the edges.  Sprinkle the cup of cheddar cheese on top.  Place in a 375 degree oven for about 5 minutes or just until the top is just starting to brown.  Don't over brown this, because then it will be over cooked. 

See how it's just lightly browned.  The cheese on top is what browns. If you don't think it's done enough run it under the broiler for just a minute, but watch it closely.   Sprinkle with the green onions.

Slice and serve!  If you use a nonstick skillet you can slide it onto a platter or cutting board, but since I used a cast iron skillet I just served from the pan. 

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