Impossible Breakfast Pie

September 16th, 2013

Impossible pies were invented in the 1970’s by Home Economists at General Mills.  I’m sure it was to promote their baking mix, Bisquick.  The baking mix is combined with other ingredients in a pie plate that, when baked, turns into a crustless pie that tastes like a traditional pie.  Usually the ingredients are those that you would use for an apple or other fruit pie.  But if you check the internet you will find everything from cheeseburger impossible pies to chicken and broccoli impossible pies.  If for some reason you don’t want to use Bisquick, you can make your own baking mix.  You can find the recipe here.

We are staying with my Brother and SIL while in Michigan for my class reunion.  It was fabulous by the way.  Here are a few pictures.




For a class of 180, we had a great turnout.  The music was great and it was fun catching up with people, some of whom I had not seen since graduation.

My SIL  Barb made this impossible breakfast pie for brunch Sunday morning.  It was delicious and we demolished the whole thing.  Dancing, partying and staying out past midnight ( we are not as young as we used to be after all) builds up an appetite.  She used a recipe for impossible cheeseburger pie, but substituted  sausage for the ground beef.   We will be heading back to Lake Lure tomorrow.


1 lb. bulk sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
1/2 cup Bisquick or homemade baking mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Tomato slices for top (Optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In a skillet, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sausage is brown; drain.  Stir in salt.  Spread in pie plate.  Sprinkle with cheese.

In a small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with fork or wire whisk until blended.  Pour into pie plate.  Place tomato slices on top if using.

Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Printable recipe




12 responses to “Impossible Breakfast Pie”

  1. KathyWalker says:

    I had forgotten all about this one… What a fun twist on an old favorite.

  2. Pam Thurow says:

    I remember these pies and this one looks delicious for breakfast! Sounds like you had a great time at your reunion. 50th coming up here soon, scary!

  3. Chris says:

    I am starving right now and could really put down a good third of that whole thing.

  4. larry says:

    This looks like a quick and easy way to turn out a delicious meal – with the maters of course. Stayed out past midnight did you?

  5. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    So glad you had a good time at your reunion! I never heard of impossible pies! That looks really good! Drive home safely….when you get settled, let me know.

  6. Mary Sullivan says:

    I think you attended the wrong reunion Penny! How come everyone else looks more mature (that’s to make it sound nice!). Can’t believe you are already 50 years out of HS. Bob has his 55th coming up next weekend and will be off to NH. Sadly only a small number will be attending – it was an all boys school.
    Being English school reunions, like proms, were never part of our repertoire. We didn’t have a lot of fun at school – it was just a place dedicated to education.

    Glad you had fun – know David did too on his ride.
    Hugs – Mary

    P.S. Impossible pies are new to me too!

  7. Sam Hoffer says:

    I’m so glad you had a good time at your reunion. Good size class too, mine was half that number. I remember those pies and probably have the little paperback cookbook that they published. Great idea to make your own Bisquick. Love the tomatoes on this one.

  8. Darla says:

    Loved your reunion pictures. Looks like everone had a great time. My 40th is next weekend & it’s been fun being on the planning committee! I remember those impossible pies. It looks yummy. I’m still getting a ton of heirloom tomatoes from my garden and giving many away. We are fasting today, so must stop looking at and talking about food. Have a safe trip back. Hope you enjoyed your slumber party!

  9. Barbara Williams says:

    I’ve made some desserts with the “impossible” label, but this is the first time I’ve seen a savory. Looks perfect for breakfast or brunch, Penny.
    Your reunion photos are great! Great turnout, too. Such fun to renew old friendships and see how everyone turned out. There are always some surprises!

  10. Lea Ann says:

    I always wondered where the name “Impossible Pies” came from. And yes, this looks delicious.

  11. katiezel says:

    I like this idea… No Bisquick here tho – thanks for the link

  12. turnitup says:

    Is “impossible” an official label invented by a company like “Best” (“Best Cherry Pie”). Either way, this looks very good!

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