~This is a stick to your ribs main dish. It IS different and it is Delishhhh! The Italian sausage goes so well with mashed potatoes, and both get a new twist served in a crust and cut it into wedges. Serve it with a side salad and it is dinner!

1 unbaked pie crust( 9 inch) I prefer Pillsbury ~ in your refrigerator section.

1 pound bulk Italian sausage

1 cup cottage cheese OR Ricotta~ Your preference

1 egg~ beaten

1 1/2 cups warm mashed potatoes, (without added milk and butter)

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons butter OR margarine, MELTED

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

cherry tomatoes ~ halved

~ Bake Pie Crust according to the directions for which brand you buy. DO NOT PRICK….It is USUALLY @ 450 for about 7 minutes.

 Remove from oven and reduce the oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, cook the sausage until no longer pink; blot well with paper towels to get any excess grease. IF you use cottage cheese you may want to blend the cottage chesee and egg  in a blender until smooth. This is why I use Ricotta because of the SMOOTH texture, and saves time! If you use ricotta just blend the ricotta and egg well. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in potatoes, sour cream,oregano,salt and pepper. Place sausage in the pie crust ; Top with the potato mixture. Drizzle the top with melted butter. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand for a few minutes until the cheese melts. garnish the edges with the halved  cherry tomatoes….Yummmm~ Mangia!

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