February 17, 1997

Wake up your taste buds with breakfast dish

Wake up lazy appetites with flavorful Basil Frittata with Sausage and Fresh Vegetable Sauce. The sauce is made with peppers, diced Roma tomatoes, onion, fresh basil and Italian sausage. The recipe was the first-place winner of a recent bed and breakfast recipe contest sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. The recipe was submitted by Garratt Mansion, a bread and breakfast in Alameda, Calif.

For the sauce:

- 8-ounce package Italian sausage

- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

- 1 garlic clove, minced

- 5 medium green, sweet red or yellow bell peppers, seeded and sliced lengthwise (about 1/4 inch)

- 4 cups medium diced Roma tomatoes

- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil


- 1 tablespoon sugar

- 11/4 teaspoons salt

For the frittata:

- 10 eggs

- 3/4 cup sour cream

- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

- 3/4 teaspoon salt

- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

- 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion

- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the sauce: In a skillet, cook sausages according to package directions; cool. Cut sausages into 1-inch pieces. In the same skillet, melt butter, saute onion and garlic until transparent. Add peppers. Continue to cook 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, basil, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, add sausages. Simmer until excess liquid is reduced by half. The sauce can be prepared in advance, stored in refrigerator and reheated.

For the frittata: In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream, basil, salt and pepper. In a 10-inch nonstick, ovenproof skillet, saute onion for 1 minute. Pour egg mixture into skillet. Cook over medium heat until eggs are set and light brown on bottom, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Preheat broiler; place skillet 6 inches from heat for 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately with sauce. Serves 8 to 10.

For a free recipe brochure, send your name and complete address to Free Bed & Breakfast Recipe Booklet, Jones Dairy Farm, P.O. Box 952, Grandville, MI 49468-0952.

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