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.

BAKED OMELET 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.

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

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Spray four 8 ounce ramekins with PURE.
  • Divide two-thirds of the bread among the four 8 ounce ramekins.
  • Top with ham, onions, red peppers and half the cheese.
  • Top with remaining bread and then the egg mixture.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Dot with butter pieces.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Bake until set, about 30 minutes.

BAKED EGGS

This is a great brunch recipe.

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

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with PURE.
  • 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 4 indentations into the bread.
  • Carefully break eggs into wells.
  • Bake casserole 20-25 minutes until whites are set.
  • Serve with fresh fruit.

BAKED EGGS

This is a great brunch recipe.

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

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with PURE.
  • 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 4 indentations into the bread.
  • Carefully break eggs into wells.
  • Bake casserole 20-25 minutes until whites are set.
  • Serve with fresh fruit.

BAKED EGGS

This is a great brunch recipe.

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

  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with PURE.
  • 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 4 indentations into the bread.
  • Carefully break eggs into wells.
  • Bake casserole 20-25 minutes until whites are set.
  • Serve with fresh fruit.

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.

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CROQUE MADAME at ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA

Chris over at Nibble Me This made Croque Madame recently. It intrigues me so much I have been researching its origins and thought I’d share with you. I LOVE wikipedia – if you have a question, they have an answer!
To understand the Croque Madame we need a bit of history. A croque-monsieur is a hot ham and cheese grilled sandwich. The most typical cheese is gruyère. It originated in France as a fast-food snack served in cafés and bars. More elaborate versions come coated in a Mornay or Béchamel sauce. The name is based on the verb croquer (“to crunch”) and the word monsieur (“mister”)—the reason behind the combination of the two words is unclear—and is colloquially shortened to croque. While the origins of the croque-monsieur are unknown, there are many speculations on how it was first originated. The croque-monsieur’s first recorded appearance on a Parisian café menu was in 1910. Its earliest published use has been traced back to volume two of Proust’s In search of lost time.
A croque-monsieur served with a fried egg or poached egg on top is known as a croque-madame. The noted French chef Jacques Pepin also makes a version using chicken instead of ham, which he demonstrated in the “Our Favorite Sandwiches” episode on the PBS series (and its coordinating cookbook of the same title) Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home in which he worked with Julia Child. Many dictionaries attribute the name to the egg resembling an old fashioned woman’s hat. According to the Petit Robert dictionary, the name dates to around 1960.

So head on over to ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA for this great and easy recipe!

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE & OVEN HASH BROWNS

On Sunday mornings we try to have a nice brunch together, but there always seems to be time constraints. This weekend we tried Ree’s Sleepin’ In Omelette and my hash browns and boy was it yummy together. I halved both recipes and we still had lots of leftovers. Hubby did miss meat though and asked me our regular family favorite next week.

OUR NORMAL FAMILY BREAKFAST CASSEROLE*

1 cup diced ham OR crumbled sausage OR a combo of both
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese OR jack and cheddar combo
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
4 slices thick sourdough bread
4 Jumbo eggs
celery salt and white pepper to taste
PURE

  • Spray the bottom of an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish
  • Cook meat of choice and layer on bottom of baking dish
  • Layer bread in a single layer over the meat
  • Whisk together the soup, milk, eggs, salt and pepper
  • Pour evenly over bread
  • Top with the cheese
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (covered with foil for the first 30 minutes)

*This can be made ahead and left to chill 24 hours before baking – in fact it usually tastes better that way.


OVEN HASH BROWNS

2 large Russet potatoes*, scrubbed clean
1 bunch green onions, minced fine
1 large apple, peeled, cored and minced (optional)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Celery salt and white pepper

  • Grate the potatoes with a cheese grater
  • Spin dry the potatoes and apple pieces in a salad spinner or if you don’t have one use a flour sack cheesecloth and squeeze them dry
  • Toss the potatoes with the melted butter
  • Generously sprinkle with the celery salt and white pepper
  • Bake on large cookie sheet until crisp**

*you can cheat & use frozen Oreida hash browns, but be sure to thaw & drain off moisture
**If they are stubborn, I put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown.
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HASH BROWN HAM & CHEESE QUICHE

I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine that I bought at a library book sale – best book sale I’ve been too in a long, long time. I spent $9.80 at the sale and then calculated the retail prices of all the books and magazines plus tax ($309.73) and found I saved $299.93 when all was said and done!

I did make a few changes to the original recipe which are indicated in green and the items I removed are in red. I have to tell you this was one of the easiest brunch items I’ve ever made. Crisp and tasty too!





HASH BROWN HAM & CHEESE QUICHE
3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
4 tablespoons butter, divided 1 + 3 tablespoons
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
+1 large bunch green onions, sliced
+6 button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup cooked ham, diced
2 eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
-1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
PURE

  • Thaw hash browns between paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spray 9 inch pie plate* with PURE.
  • Press hash browns into the bottom and along the sides of the pie plate.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and drizzle it all over the hash browns.
  • Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until edges are browned.
  • While these are browning, melt remaining tablespoon of butter in a small skillet and saute’ green onions and mushrooms.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the cheese and ham chunks. Layer over potatoes.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the whipping cream, eggs, salt and pepper.
  • Pour over the ham layer.
  • Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until set in the center.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

*next time I will use an 8×8 baking dish for ease of serving.

hubby approved

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