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Impossible Ham and Cheese Pie

Not so impossible!

Aren’t you always looking for a new recipe to try out on company? Whether they are family or friends, this is easy and won’t have you up before dawn preparing this yummy treat.

I can just look at the picture above and it gets my mouth-watering. The taste of the melty cheese, the onions and the tiny pieces of ham is what your dreams will be made of when you preparing your breakfast menus for the weekend. Top the impossible pie with some salsa for an extra tang and you have a great breakfast dish.

This recipe can be changed up so many ways; try different cheeses, serve it for brunch, lunch or “breakfast for dinner”, add some jalapeños to the filling. I changed the flour to a King Arthur Gluten Free blend and could not tell it was not made with “real” flour. So, if there are any of you eating gluten-free because you have to or because you want to, try substituting a GF blend; you will be amazed at the results. (A few weeks ago, my grandson, Milo asked me “Gran do you eat gluten-free things because you want to or because you have to?”) The answer is I don’t have to but when I can substitute something gluten-free as the flour in this recipe, I will give it a try.

The Impossible Pie appeared first back in 1968 and was popularized by General Mills and General Foods to help promote their products in making this pie. There are sweet versions and savory version. Just Google “Impossible Pie” and you will be amazed at the different recipes that will come up.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods/ Muffins

Spinach Bacon Egg Muffins

Skip the drive through today.

If I never hear the words “Egg McMuffin” it won’t be soon enough.  All the years of driving and trying to find something for breakfast I have finally had enough of the golden arches egg dishes. The last trip we did to Asheville we stopped once for a chicken biscuit; and after a few bites I’m liking the chicken, of course, but not the biscuit. The finally on the trek home I decided to try the cinnamon roll. Of course, that is a lot higher in calories and sugar but at least it wasn’t another Egg McMuffin, or biscuit of some type.

I’ve made a version of this Spinach Bacon Egg Muffin before but never got around to posting it. So, when I came across this recipe, it was so pretty I just had to make it. And mine pretty much looked like Eat Drink Love’s version except I made my muffins in mini muffin pans.

This recipe is very versatile and you can make whatever adjustments you want.  I changed her bacon to real bacon because I do not like anything that is suppose to taste like something else.  Same with the cheese; I used normal cheddar cheese not reduced fat. For a change, try crumbled sausage and swiss and maybe some mushrooms. Some other ingredients I have in mind to try the next time will be sautéed bell peppers, green onions, asparagus with Swiss would be great. Bottom line, put whatever you want in with the eggs and give them a bake. You will enjoy them whatever you decide to put in yours.

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Breads/Biscuits/ Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Southern Comfort Breakfast Bowl

Not THAT kind of Southern Comfort!

Southern comfort? Is that rocking away on the front porch drinking a glass of sweet tea waiting for those grand kids to come so you can say “Come give me some sugar” (kisses – and that’s exactly what one of my grandmas use to say, and I would never say that) or is a good pimento cheese sandwich on white bread your southern comfort; and sitting on a stool in a drug store would make that so much better. Maybe a pan of good cornbread or grits or maybe just taking that dog for a long walk on a hot sweltering day is your idea Southern comfort and this recipe certainly isn’t made from the Southern Comfort we use to drink years ago.

Well, I’m fixin to give you a recipe that isn’t a recipe at all; so before you have a hissy fit and say what’s she talkin about, this can be any breakfast ingredient of your choice served in a bowl. It’s all in the presentation and if you are one of those people who don’t like their foods touching then you may not like this.

WARNING: This is a big hungry man breakfast. If it is too heavy for you for the summer, then save it for a cool autumn morning.

One rainy weekend morning I had my head in the refrigerator trying to come up with something yummy. I had seen a episode of Diner, Dives and Drive-Ins months earlier where Guy was in some diner eating a bowl full of gravy and other ingredients.

I decided for my bowl of Southern comfort goodness I was going to start with some browned frozen hash browns and then from there go with a homemade biscuit or two topped with peppered sausage gravy then some bacon “planking” the top with a perfectly poached egg to the side.

I just knew my husband was going to love this. I made him a large size and I ate my biscuit and gravy separate. Big pasta bowls were the perfect dish to serve this in for this rainy day breakfast.

I’m sure everyone knows how to make perfect gravy but to me the most important part of the gravy making is to stir the flour into the bacon fat (or sausage fat) to brown it a little. Doing this will guarantee that your gravy doesn’t have a raw flour taste. I’ve seen people put flour and milk in a jar and shake before adding to a pan. Believe me, this method will not give you good results and who wants to ruin a great breakfast by taking shortcuts.

I’m making just plain old buttermilk biscuits for my bowl. I also think a base of grits, then biscuit, egg, gravy would be yummy to try.

I had this post ready to go a long time ago and has been waiting in the wings for the right moment. I forgot about it and now that it’s summer already, I’m giving it to you anyway even though it may be a little more filling than you would want for this time of year. You get the idea anyway — for a lighter version, how about a little grits on the bottom topped with some sautéed spinach then a poached egg on top; or even a pile sweet potato hash browns topped with vegetable and egg would be yummy.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Scrambled Eggs Benedict

This is a bit of a “Benedict” stretch”

Are you sitting with your morning pot of tea or cup of coffee pondering what you were going to throw together for breakfast. There are no rules to cooking (maybe just in baking recipes I guess) and I think every rule has an exception, especially this one. Is there a Benedict police out there that says you have to use an English Muffin, Canadian bacon (which isn’t even bacon), poached egg, and hollandaise? And, I’m sure there are a handful of you out there saying “don’t mess with my Eggs Benedict, your are a Eggs Benedict ARNOLD”.

It’s a stretch calling this eggs benedict; and I am using a microwave made hollandaise and putting it together like eggs Benedict.  All the other ingredients are new to the scene.

I had this pork belly in the refrigerator and didn’t think I was every going to get it all used up with.  I have made Steamed Buns with Pork Belly, Pork Belly Tacos, I tried a BLT appetizer made with the pork and still had some saying, pleaseeee, it’s my time to go.

Hollandaise has never  been my friend. It seems like it either curdles or I have it too cold to serve.  This time I decided this was going to be a quick breakfast. Other than making the biscuits (which I could do in my sleep), everything was almost ready to go. The poached eggs were replaced with a quick egg scramble; even a fried egg would have been good on this and I guess that would have more resembled the traditional poached egg. And the pork belly, as I said was on it’s last leg in my refrigerator.

If you didn’t do the pork belly try making this with some thick sliced bacon or a grilled boneless pork chop.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Sunny Morning Breakfast Tart

Worth making for a weekend breakfast.

Happy Easter everyone. I’m sure you already have your Easter morning breakfast planned but keep this in mind the next time you want something special.

I promise not to say breakfast is my least favorite meal ever again.  I keep saying that and yet I keep coming up with more breakfast recipes to share with you. I think most of the ones I post here are probably not something I would make during the week but something I want to try for a lazy weekend breakfast treat or most would be wonderful to serve to visiting guest or maybe for that Sunday brunch you have been wanting to have.

This is one recipe I will definitely be making for my daughter and her husband while helping with the baby (or household chores) when we are there (soon).

I look forward to greeting the new baby and I also looking forward to being able to cook for them for a few days OR until they kick us out. I told them up front we could stay as long as we are needed but don’t feel bad saying it’s time to go.  What is it they say about fish after three days?

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Eggs in a Nest

Chickens came home to roost on these nest.

These were delicious and served with some extra sausage or bacon on the side and some fresh fruit, made a perfect breakfast.

I have always said that breakfast is my least favorite meal to prepare but I keep coming up with different ways to cook those eggs. Recently I saw a recipe where someone scooped out a baked potato and add the egg and other ingredients into the hollowed out vegetable and baked it. Now that does sound interesting.

My son, Paul has a small chicken coop and 5 chickens in his back yard, and they have finally started producing eggs. I do have to say that the “silky” chickens are really cute as far as chickens go. A few months ago my son/family woke up to “crowing” and realized one of his chickens was in fact a rooster and then it happened again a few weeks later.  I guess the person selling him his baby chicks couldn’t tell the differences when they were babies. Needless to say, when this happened, they were not around long; within a couple of hours they had a new owner.

About the only time I make breakfast for my hub is Sunday morning. All the other mornings he grabs a bowl of cereal and cup of coffee before heading out the door for the golf course.

I made the fingerling potatoes with preserved lemons a few nights ago and I had a bunch of potatoes left over and just happened to be watching Pioneer woman make her potato egg nest. She didn’t have much luck with the frozen hash browns she said and ended up baking a potato, peeling it, then grating. I took her recipe a few steps further (why not?) and used my preserved lemon potatoes ( you can bake your potato) added some jalapeño, bell pepper, sausage, egg, and a pinch of cheese and a little tomato for garnish.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Spinach and Mushroom Baked Eggs

Another breakfast dish!

After the holidays, everyone is always looking for easy recipes that are not too fattening. I love the idea of the spinach with the baked eggs and tomatoes were perfect.

I keep saying that breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day yet I keep coming up with new recipes to try. I have to say the thought of plain ole scrambled eggs always makes me want to turn to a bowl of cereal in the morning or even a breakfast bar.

I had all these ingredients just laying in anticipation of being included in a new recipe. Those poor little tomatoes usually just get tossed into a salad or if they are lucky maybe they take a dive into some type of dip concoction. The mushrooms were dying to be sautéed and begging for me to use coconut oil to do them in.

This recipe can be increased to as many servings as you need. All you need to do is saute more mushrooms and spinach. If you want to add in a little ham or bacon to the bottom go ahead, I won’t tell. The next time I try making a baked egg dish I’m going to have my eggs at room temperature because my eggs never get done in the amount of time they are suppose to. I want a set white but runny yolk.

So, what’s your favorite breakfast dish? The next time I’m in Nashville I will definitely have the Sweet Potato Pancakes at the Pancake Pantry or try the Red Velvet Pancakes at Loveless Cafe there. Until I’m there again, I’m going to have to try and make both those pancakes.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Ham and Mushroom Quiche

What real men don’t like quiche?

What man doesn’t like ham, mushrooms, cheese, a crusty exterior to anything. What man these days wants to eat a leftover, a frozen or boxed dinner, a low fat, gluten free, carb-free, sugar-free meal or anything he had to cook for himself. So, I’m willing to bet if you throw (that sounds harsh doesn’t it, I wouldn’t really throw it on the table.) this on the table in front of him, he will chow down and even enjoy it and maybe even ask for leftovers the next day.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Green Eggs and Ham

Try them! Try them! (I say)

A couple of months ago I had dinner at the Salty Sow in Austin. On their menu they have several things that are “jarred” (served in jelly jars). There was a chicken liver mousse, a fresh salmon rillette and green eggs and ham. I never saw what the green eggs and ham looked like but this is my take on Dr. Seuss’s green eggs and ham.

So……. i’m thinking ……..

Do you like
green eggs and ham!
I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like green eggs and ham.

You do not like them.
So you say.
Try them! Try them
And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.

Sam!
If you will let me be,
I will try them.
You will see.

Say!
I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat

I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am!

               

                                                                                                                        –from Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham

So, I hope you will try my version of green eggs and ham and then say ” I do so like green eggs and ham”. Thank you! Thank You!

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Duck Confit Hash

I’m using the last of my duck confit; time to make some more I guess.

For Father’s day this year I decided to do a special dish for my husband who has been doing more than his share of the work around here for the last year.

I have talked about duck confit in the past and have told you how to make it so I’m hoping someone out there has tried it and maybe has one leg quarter stashed away in the refrigerator. I just happened to have a leg and thigh left over in a jar, covered in duck fat and just waiting to be used. There are still two packages in my freezer I need to make some more confit because there is a pear salad with crispy duck that I want to make this summer.

All hash has potatoes in it but I decided to use the small purple fingerling, regular fingerling and tiny red new potatoes. This recipe was so easy to throw together and if you want to practice your egg poaching skills, this is the perfect recipe to try it on. My poached eggs could have been cooked less by about 15-20 seconds.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Egg and Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

Colorful egg dish for your next brunch.

I saw this recipe on paleodietlifestyle.com and decided I must try it for Sunday brunch and I took some liberties with the recipe. I decided to add some meat (fried chopped pancetta) and basil pesto to the bottom of the tomato before adding the egg and also some Parmesan cheese. If you aren’t following the paleo lifestyle (I’m not) feel free to add some grated cheddar or Swiss to the top before baking.

I cringe at the thought of scrambled eggs for breakfast. Sometimes my husband will ask for them (if he doesn’t do them himself). I refuse to put butter in a skillet, melt it, and throw in a couple of eggs and call it done; those taste like the eggs you might be served in a hospital. If I am forced to do scrambled eggs, I will start by sauteing a little green onion and maybe some bell pepper and mushrooms and then throw in those beaten eggs and do a soft scramble.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Fried Avocado with Egg

A new brunch idea.  

Sometimes I wonder if there isn’t something better I can do with my time than sit around and try to think up a new recipe. For years, I have just opened a cookbook or magazine and just prepare the first thing that looked or sounded good.

After all the kids flew the nest, I got lazy and would just throw together something from ingredients I might have in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. How hard could it be to throw together a stir-fry, not that difficult. Over the last several years, however, I have loved trying to replicate a recipe that I have had in a restaurant or something I have seen on TV.

Sometimes it only takes a glance of food being prepared that gets me to thinking about my take on something I saw.  So, I was watching Top Chef one night and vaguely saw an avocado that was cut in half lengthwise with the peeling left on it and they cracked an egg into the center and then I don’t know what they did with the avocado because I missed that part of the show. I would assume they baked it. All night, I tossed and turned thinking about this egg dish I wanted to make. Isn’t that a ridiculous thing to do over an egg; there must be more important things to toss and turn about.

After an endless night’s sleep, what I came up with was I would half the avocado, cut in 3/4″ slices, dip in flour, egg and then Panko bread crumbs, pan fry it, put on a cookie sheet and crack a small egg into the center and then proceed to bake just to the right doneness so the egg will ooze it’s goodness all over the avocado when pierced with a fork. I’m thinking of a garnish creme fraiche and maybe a little Pico de Gallo would be nice.

Things didn’t turn out exactly as I thought. For one thing small/medium size eggs are no longer available; and I knew the large egg was going to be too big. So I cracked the egg in a dish first and tried to take out some of the egg white. I did one avocado this way, then I poached the other egg. I think the poaching probably worked better because then there is no need to try and bake the egg to the perfect doneness, but it wasn’t as pretty as the first one.  The taste of the fried avocado with the soft cooked egg was great. I fried a flour tortilla to use as a base for the avocado/egg and it was good for sopping up the yolk. Don’t get me started on “sopping” because my husband hates sopping of any kind.  I guess he just does like experiencing those last little bites/dippings/smears of something so delectable on a plate that you just have to grab something and “sop it up). Hey, it’s better than licking your fingers.

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