ROASTED RED PEPPER HAM STRATAS

ROASTED RED PEPPER HAM STRATAS
6 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
5 cups day old bread, cubed
1/3 pound ham steak, cubed
3 green onions, sliced thin
1/3 cup diced roasted red pepper
8 ounces cheese of choice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter, sliced into slivers

  • Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Spray four 8 ounce ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl toss together the bread, ham, peppers, onions and half of the cheese.
  • Pour in the egg mixture and continue tossing until bread pieces are well coated in egg mixture.
  • Spoon into prepared ramekins.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Dot with butter pieces.
  • Refrigerate overnight.

NEXT DAY:

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake until set, about 30 minutes.

GERMAN PANCAKE aka DUTCH BABY

GERMAN PANCAKE
3 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Juice of 1 lemon
Powdered Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Coat the inside of an ovenproof 12 inch skillet with the melted butter. Be sure to remember to edges and sides.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the eggs until well blended.
  • Add the milk and blend again.
  • Sift together the flour and salt and gradually fold into the egg mixture.
  • Add the melted butter and vanilla, blend until smooth.
  • Pour batter into the buttered skillet.
  • Bake 15 minutes until puffed and golden.
  • Reduce heat to 350 minutes and bake another 10 minutes until pancake has billowed high and turned golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar. You can also use regular maple syrup or molasses or I especially like it with Blackberry Pineapple Dipping Sauce or Lemon Curd.
  • Serve immediately.

Save

Save

BAKED OMELETS aka CRUSTLESS QUICHE & PAPRIKA CHEESE HASH BROWNS

This combination is perfect together. I prepare all the ingredients before I begin. I then assemble the omelet and while it is baking I prepare the hash browns. They are almost always done at the same time which makes it perfect in my book.
I broke down this recipe to a per person portion so you can make as few or as many as you want easily.

BAKED OMELETS aka CRUSTLESS QUICHE BASIC EGG MIXTURE per person

2 eggs
1/8 cup whole milk
1/8 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
Fillings to taste**

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Spray ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Fill bottom with your favorites.
  • Whisk together the eggs, sour cream and milk.
  • Pour over fillings.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Let sit 5 minutes.
  • Invert onto plate and enjoy.

**I usually use bacon, mushrooms, sliced green onions, red onions, cheddar, swiss and tomato.

NOTE: When using meats, make sure they are pre-cooked.

PAPRIKA CHEESE HASH BROWNS

4 cups shredded or finely chopped potatoes, dry well with paper towels
4-6 tablespoons butter
1 small bunch green onions, sliced fine
paprika
celery salt
salt and pepper
1/2 cup finely shredded white cheddar (or cheese of your choice)

  • Melt butter in a large skillet* over medium high heat.
  • Add potatoes, onions and season well with salt, pepper, celery salt and paprika.
  • Brown well.
  • Sprinkle cheese over top and fold in.

NOTE: Use a skillet large enough to have a single layer of potatoes. They will brown better if they are not crowded.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

SHIRRED EGGS

SHIRRED EGGS

for 4 Jumbo eggs:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup diced ham or crumbled bacon
2 green onions, minced
1 cup cheese, your choice
salt & pepper to taste
Frank’s Hot Sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Melt butter and place 1 tablespoon in the bottom of each ramekin. Make sure you swirl it around the sides too.
  • Sprinkle your meat and onions into the ramekin.
  • Crack an egg into each ramekin.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Bake for 6-10 minutes or until egg whites are just set.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake another 6-10 minutes or until eggs are set to desired doneness.
  • With a spoon gently remove egg from cup onto plate or toast.


NOTE: *At home I use individual ramekins for just the two of us, but when camping or having company I use a muffin tin to make them all at once.

QUICHE LORRAINE the PERFECT Sunday morning pie!

QUICHE LORRAINE – THE PERFECT SUNDAY MORNING PIE
1/2 pound bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
1 cup finely grated swiss cheese
1 large bunch green onions finely sliced
4 eggs
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 deep pie crust
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Prebake the pie crust and cool before filling.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled bacon, finely sliced onion and grated swiss cheese evenly into crust.
  • Beat the eggs, whipping cream and seasonings until well blended. Pour over mixture in pie crust.
  • Bake 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 300° and bake an additional 35 minutes or until just golden and knife comes out clean.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

CORNED BEEF HASH – use your ST. PATRICK’S DAY leftovers

CORNED BEEF HASH
We like ours crisp so I use more of small dice/shredded mixture.   Cut yours according to your tastes.

about 1 pound left over corned beef, diced and shredded
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound cooked potatoes, diced
1 large bunch green onions, sliced
fresh ground pink Himalayan salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onions, cooking a minute or two until translucent.
  • Add corned beef and potatoes.
  • Add seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, stirring and scraping bottom as necessary.
  • Serve with poached or fried eggs.

Save

BLUEBERRY STREUSEL COFFEECAKE

ALMOST every recipe I make is completely from scratch these days, BUT I’ve been making this one for MANY moons since before I ever got sick and this recipe made with Bisquick is one of my few guilty pleasures recipes that I still make.

BLUEBERRY STREUSEL COFFEECAKE

CAKE
2 cups Bisquick mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup wild organic baby blueberries

STREUSEL
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup Bisquick mix
2 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons COLD butter, cut into small cubes

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Prepare Streusel first.
  • Sift Bisquick mix into mixing bowl, fold in brown sugar and sugar.
  • Using a pastry blender add butter cubes and process until it resembles coarse sand. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl sift the Bisquick mix and sugar together.
  • With a wooden spoon, add buttermilk, egg and cooking oil just until combined. Mixture will be a little thick and gooey.
  • Gently fold in blueberries.
  • Spread cake mixture into prepared pan evenly.
  • Using a straw, poke holes into cake.  These holes will allow streusel to bake down into the cake.
  • Evenly top with the streusel mixture.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

BAKED EGGS for BRUNCH

This is a GREAT brunch recipe – easy and quick, but looks more complicated and tastes great, especially if you are a dunker, you know the one who like to dunk their toast in their egg yolks and create that ooey gooey yumminess. With this recipe your toast is underneath to absorb all that decadent egg yolk and not lose any flavor to the plate. I like to make them in individual dishes for more “formal” groups. Either way works really well.  Hubby likes to top his with some hot sauce them to round out the flavor.

BAKED EGGS
3-4 slices sourdough bread torn into pieces
4 green onions
3/4 cup diced ham pieces (optional)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with PURE.
  • Toss the bread pieces with the melted butter.
  • Line the bottom evenly with torn bread pieces.
  • Sprinkle green onions and ham pieces (if using)  over torn bread.
  • Sprinkle half of cheese over onions.
  • With a spoon create indentations into the bread.
  • Carefully break eggs into wells.
  • Generously salt and pepper.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake casserole 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake until whites are set, about 10 minutes more.
  • Serve with fresh fruit.

Save

HAM & CHEESE BRUNCH CAKE

“Strata, breakfast casserole, savoury french toast bake or bread pudding. It doesn’t matter what you call this, it’s totally delish and can be made ahead so it’s great for feeding a crowd! It tastes like a cross between a quiche, french toast and an omelette.” ~ Recipe Tin Eats

HAM & CHEESE BRUNCH CAKE 
Using ham allows for soaking overnight with less mess to prepare. I also like using a mixture of half bacon half ham.
adapted from Cheese and Bacon Bread Bake Cake (Strata) from RecipeTin Eats

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Serves: 8

12 ounces HAM steak, diced small and divided – ORIGINAL RECIPE CALLS FOR BACON
3 green onions, minced
1 tablespoon butter
6 eggs
1¼ cups 2% milk (I use whole)
¼ teaspoon sea salt flakes or kosher salt
Black pepper, to taste
7 cups (lightly packed) stale baguette, cut into 1 inch cubes (I use whatever is on hand)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese **
Parsley, finely chopped – optional garnish

  • Heat a large non stick pan over high heat.
  • Add all but 3 tablespoons of bacon (reserve for topping) and cook until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl until well blended.
  • Place the bread in a large Ziploc bag.
  • Pour in the egg mixture, 1½ cups of the cheese and cooked bacon.
  • Seal and massage the egg into the bread cubes.
  • Set aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight (until all the egg is soaked into the bread).
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray an 8″ springform pan with non-stick spray.
  • Pour the bread mixture into the cake tin, pat down to compress and scatter with remaining uncooked bacon and remaining ½ cup cheese.
  • Cover loosely with foil or a pan lid.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the lid and bake for another 10 minutes until bubbly and golden on top.
  • Allow cake to rest for 5 minutes before removing the springform and cutting into slices to serve.
  • Garnish with parsley if using.

**You can substitute any other tasty flavored melting cheese such as Jack, Fontina or Havarti.
NOTE:

  • You can also use a 10 inch square baking dish instead of a spring form pan. I use a 10 inch square PUSH up pan.
  • Using the Ziploc bag instead of directly using the pan keeps the mixture from seeping out  during the soaking time.
  • If your bread is NOT a stale crusty bread you may need to bake longer.

Save

Save

Save

CINNAMON GRANOLA STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

CINNAMON GRANOLA STUFFED FRENCH TOAST serves 4
TOAST
8 slices think bread – your choice

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Toast bread in oven until golden.

FILLING
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered vanilla
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

  • Mix together all the ingredients until smooth.

DRY COATING
3 cups granola, crushed
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon powdered vanilla
1 teaspoon orange zest

  • Place all ingredients in a large ziploc bag.  Using a rolling pin, gently crush the cereal to a coarse bread crumb consistency and then mix all together in a shallow dish for dredging.

WET COATING
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon heavy cream

  • Whisk eggs and cream together. Pour into shallow dish for dredging.

SYRUP
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup PURE maple syrup

  • Whisk zest and syrup together in a small saucepan.
  • Heat under low flame.

ASSEMBLY
2 tablespoons butter

  • In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Spread an even layer of the cream cheese filling over 4 of the toasts.
  • Put tops on each piece making 4 sandwiches.
  • Coat each sandwich in the egg mixture until well coated and then dredge through the cereal coating.
  • Place in pan and cook until golden on each side.
  • Serve immediately with warm syrup.

HOLIDAY FRENCH TOAST

I originally found this recipe in the December/January 2008 Cook’s Country issue. As always I made it as written the first time. I did then trim the time and enhance the flavors to my family’s taste.  This recipe is so sweet we changed it from their original Sunday Brunch French Toast to Holiday French Toast and make it as a special treat for the kids on holidays.

HOLIDAY FRENCH TOAST
8 slice sourdough sandwich 
6 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon PURE vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2-4 tablespoons butter
8 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons REAL maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • Preheat oven to 475°.
  • Trim (optional) and toast bread. 
  • Place 2 tablespoons of the butter on a jelly roll pan and place in oven to melt. When melted use a pastry brush to make sure the entire surface is well coated.
  • Whisk together the eggs until smooth.
  • Add the whipping cream and milk, whisking again until smooth.
  • Add vanilla, lemon juice and salt, whisking again until well blended. 
  • Pour into a shallow dish.
  • Dip each piece of toast into egg mixture, coating both sides well.
  • Place toasts on jelly roll pan.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl use a fork to mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup until your consistency is wet sand.
  • Remove pan from oven and flip each piece of toast.  At this time add more butter if necessary.
  • Sprinkle sugar mixture over toast pieces and return to the oven for 6 more minutes or until sugar is deep brown and bubbling.  
  • Let cool for 2 minutes. 
  • Top with butter and maple syrup.
Sprinkle with sugar mixture just after you flip the pieces.
Notice all the beautiful caramelizing bubbles!

NOTE: If you don’t like crispy edges, trim crusts before toasting.
*The original recipe called for “hearty white” bread, but we prefer the sourdough flavor.
**The original recipe called for 1/4 cup vegetable oil, but I changed it to butter for flavor preference.

BREAKFAST BURGERS

I saw this Rachel Ray recipe in a magazine and then adjusted to our likes.  Hubby likes his with mayo, mustard and a dill flavored Havarti cheese I just butter my muffin with a plainer straight Havarti.

BREAKFAST BURGERS
1/3 pound ground beef per person
2 teaspoons  drained chopped green chiles per person
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce per person
1 green onion, minced per person
1 clove garlic, minced per person
fresh ground sea salt and black pepper to taste + paprika to taste
1 over medium fried egg, per person
1 slice cheese of choice, per person
1 English muffin, toasted per person
1 tablespoon butter

  • Combine the beef, green chiles, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, salt and pepper until well blended.
  • Form patties.
  • Melt butter in skillet.  Cook patties until browned and evenly cooked through to taste. Top with cheese during last few minutes (fold the cheese to the necessary size) and top each burger.
  • While the burgers are cooking in a separate pan cook the eggs to over medium (whites are cooked through and yolks are runny).
  • While burgers and eggs are cooking toast the English muffins and dress with desired condiments.