FARMER’S BREAKFAST

This is another one of those recipes that has floated around for so long that I have no idea what I tore it out of. The paper has yellowed, the edges look like they have been gnawed on, but the flavor is the same!

1/4 cup butter
2 cups small cubed uncooked potatoes
1 large bunch green onion, sliced thin
1 cup cubed ham
6 eggs
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack/Mild Cheddar combo

  • Melt butter in cast iron pan.
  • Add potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with celery salt.
  • Cover and cook over a medium high heat, stirring occasionally until evenly brown and golden, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the ham and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low.*
  • Whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper and cream until well blended.
  • Pour egg mixture over ham and potatoes, cover and cook until eggs are almost set, about 10 minutes.
  • Occasionally run a knife of spatula around the edge to allow eggs to run down and not burn.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and cover again until cheese melts.
  • Cut into wedges and serve with toasted Oat Sunflower Bread.

*Using an electric stove, I switch burners and start with a cooler burner at this point since cast iron does not cool down as quickly. I like the cast iron though for the nice crisp edge to the potatoes.

EGGS ala ROOSEVELT I just call them DEPRESSION EGGS

EGGS ala ROOSEVELT I just call them DEPRESSION EGGS
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup milk*
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 jar dried beef, cut into small pieces*
salt and pepper to taste
PURE

  • Spray skillet with PURE.
  • Add milk and softened cream cheese to skillet and whisk together until smooth.
  • When cheese is bubbly, add eggs and beef.
  • Periodically whisk until eggs are firm.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve on buttered toast.

*The original recipe had no meat and called for using cream while allowing the eggs to just “firm” up. I changed it to reduce the fat a bit and add meat for hubby.

Christmas Morning Brunch Casserole

This is a BIG family favorite and the recipe varies depending on who in the family is preparing it. Some people use Jimmy Dean’s HOT sausage, some use bacon, some use all ham… some use cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom… some use Monterey Jack cheese or a combo of lots of cheeses… some like plain white bread or wheat… There are so many possibilities!

Christmas Morning Brunch Casserole*
1 package Jimmy Dean Bulk Sausage
1 cup diced ham
6 slices sourdough bread
2 cups milk
1 can cream of celery soup
7 eggs
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • Spray he bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with PURE.
  • Brown sausage and drain fat.
  • Scatter sausage and ham along the bottom.
  • Layer bread evenly over meat.
  • Whisk together the soup, milk, eggs and seasonings.
  • Pour over bread layer.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

*For Christmas morning I make this ahead a few weeks, but do not bake it. On the evening of the 23rd I take it from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it defrost. When we get up on Christmas morning I preheat the oven and pop it in. When we’re ready, so is brunch!





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.


*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.

OVEN OMELETS


Ingredients are per person:
2 eggs
1 ounce heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
PURE
1/3 cup finely diced ham, sausage or crumbled bacon
1 slice cheddar cheese, the size of a single layer over the meat
1/4 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese

Using oven proof Pyrex dishes generously spray them with PURE. In the bottom of each one, layer the meat, slice of cheese and salt & pepper.

Whisk together the eggs and cream and then add the baking powder and whisk until smooth. You can whisk all the portions together and then proportion them out after. It just makes it less of a mess and hassle ~ especially if you’re preparing for a large number of people.

Pour equal amounts into each dish and top with shredded cheese. Place them all on a cookie sheet and bake for a total of 25 minutes or more as needed until centers don’t jiggle and edges are golden brown. Check after 10 minutes and adjust oven temp if necessary. You want the centers to quit jiggling about the same time the edges turn brown. The pictures above in the oven were taken at 10 minutes, 20 minutes and 25 minutes. As you can see, they become like little souffle’s.

CARAMELIZED ONION & BACON FRITTATA

CARAMELIZED ONION & BACON FRITTATA


1 medium Vidalia onion, sliced thin
10 slices thick bacon
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons cider or balsamic vinegar
8 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
salt and pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Whisk together the brown sugar and vinegar.
  • Toss onions and bacon slices in the mixture, packing it onto the slices.
  • Layer bacon and onions on grilling rack.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until crisp.
  • Increase oven to broil.
  • In a medium* cast iron skillet, heat the butter. Make sure to coat the sides also with the butter.
  • Whisk the eggs, milk and salt and pepper together.
  • When the butter foams, pour in the egg mixture and cook, stirring until eggs begin to scramble and are still quite moist.
  • Top with the onions, bacon and cheese.
  • Broil about 2 minutes until the cheese is melted and the eggs are done.
  • Slice and serve.

*I used a large (the only one I have) and it would have looked better as a medium size.