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.

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.

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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.

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.

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THE PERFECT “OVER MEDIUM” EGG

Do you love eggs?  I do and there is nothing better than a perfect over medium egg for me.  I like my whites done and my yolks runny so I can sop them up with my toast. So many times the yolks break trying to flip the eggs, but I have finally figured it out and it is soooooooooooooo simple!
THE PERFECT “OVER MEDIUM” EGG
per egg:
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon water
salt and pepper to taste
  • Melt the butter in your pan over a medium high heat.
  • Crack eggs into the butter.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • When whites begin to solidify add the water and cover.
  • The rest of this is a matter of watching closely.  When the whites are done they will no longer jiggle.  Turn off the heat immediately and your yolks will be perfect.
  • Serve with your favorite toast.

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

This one is for my brother-in-law, Terry, the family short order cook.  He knew I cooked all healthy and was prepared to hate this recipe.  But instead everyone loved it and it disappeared fast!

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
3 pounds sausage *
6+ slices Wonder bread**
7 eggs
2 cups milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup ***
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer the meat in the bottom of the pan evenly.
  3. Lay bread evenly over the meat.
  4. Whisk together the milk, eggs and soup until well blended.
  5. Pour over bread.
  6. Top with cheese.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Let set 5 minutes before cutting.
  • *I like a ham (ham steak) and sausage mix – if using only ham spray pan with PAM first
  • **I have also used sourdough and gluten free though gluten free just doesn’t taste right to me
  • *** I use cream soup substitute

BLTE BAKE

BLTE BAKE
mayonnaise
4-6 slices extra sour sourdough bread, toasted
4 slices white American cheese
12 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4-6 eggs, fried over medium
1 medium tomato, chopped**
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon flour
salt and pepper
1 cup milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
**I used sliced here, but it is much better with chopped.
  • Spread each piece of toast with mayonnaise.
  • Cut each piece into small chunks.
  • Arrange toast, mayonnaise side up in a buttered 9×9 baking dish.
  • Top with American cheese slices.
  • Top with crumbled bacon pieces.
  • Fry eggs in bacon grease and place on top of bacon pieces.
  • Top with tomato chunks.
  • Preheat oven to 325˚.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter.
  • Add flour, salt and pepper whisk until smooth.
  • Gradually add milk.  Bring to a boil, cook, stirring constantly until smooth and thick.
  • Pour over tomato chunks.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and onions.
  • Bake uncovered for 10 minutes.

BAKED OMELETE ROLL

Baked Omelet Roll adapted from Food Family Finds

Serves: 6 – 8

8 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chopped ham, thin sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 cup green onion (tops too), sliced thin
1/4 cup diced red pepper
1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray an 11 x 17 jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray, line with parchment paper and enough hanging over all of the edges to grasp, then spray the top with more cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, flour, ham, onions, peppers, mushrooms, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan an spread evenly.
  • Bake for 14 minutes, just until the egg is no longer shiny.
  • Top with shredded cheese and baking for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately begin to roll the egg mixture. Start with one narrow end, grasping the parchment and roll forward.
  • Continue to roll, using the parchment to avoid burning your fingers until you create a log.
  • Cut into 2 inch sections and serve.