I’ve had my KitchenAid mixer for about 4 years now, but have never bought – or needed – any of the optional attachments that are available for it. Sure, there was a time I really wanted the ice cream maker attachment…well, maybe I still do…but I digress. And then, when J started bringing home deer and we saw the cost to get them processed, we discussed how nice it would be if we could grind up our own deer at home. ::lightbulb:: They make a grinder attachment for my KitchenAid! So I ordered it. And then it sat in the cabinet until this season. And when J brought home his second deer, we broke it out and made some deer sausage!! Not only did it save us some bucks (haha…bucks), but it was also fun to spend that time together in the kitchen. Sage and Italian deer sausage, nicely stocked in our freezer in conveniently patties – good for breakfast sammiches or with eggs. Or even cooked out of the patty form to use in….quiche!
A few weekends ago, when my parents came up so my mom could go dress shopping with me, I wanted to make breakfast so everyone could eat before starting the day. Since we had all that yummy sausage in the freezer and J loves quiche, so it seemed like the logical choice to use make a venison quiche!
- 1 lb ground venison sausage
- 1 1/2 cups baby spinach (or baby greens mix)
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the sausage for 2-3 minutes until browned. Remove from heat to a papertowel lined plate to drain any fat/grease, and let cool for a couple of minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine the sausage, spinach, and cheese. Stir to mix well. Sprinkle with flour and mix again, then spoon the mixture into the prepared pie plate.
- Use the same bowl and whisk the eggs. Add milk and cream and whisk again until combined.
- Pour the egg mixture over the sausage mixture and use a fork to make sure the ingredients are all distributed evenly. It’s ok if some of the spinach or sausage stick up above the egg mixture. Press it down the best you can and be done with it.
- Place the pie plate in the oven (I put mine on a small baking sheet for easier handling) and bake for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to set for 30 minutes before serving. It won’t be completely firm in the middle when you pull it from the oven, but that’s ok, it will firm up as it rests.