PEAR-PECAN SAUSAGE QUICHE
1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
1 medium pear, sliced
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
8 pecan halves
1 In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Arrange pear slices in crust; top with sausage. Sprinkle with pecans. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, salt, thyme and nutmeg. Stir in cheese. Pour over sausage.
2 Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and crust is golden brown. Garnish with pecan halves. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.