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So, I have been hosting World Cup viewing at my house for a couple weeks. We’re in Alaska, so the games played in Russia are early in the morning here. I’m trying to serve breakfast-type snacks to the assembled bleary-eyed hooligans, along with their coffee. Since the rhubarb is ripe, there’s been a lot of rhubarb bread. This egg muffin has also turned out to be quite nice. It’s very easy to make and keeps well in the fridge for several days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12-muffin tin by spraying with non-stick spray or greasing very well.

Ingredients

An assortment of finely chopped vegetables and/or meat. Here are some 
ideas: spinach, onion, bell pepper, tomato, sun-dried tomato, 
green onion, mushroom, bacon, ham. You'll need 3-4 tablespoons of
each one, or you can make each muffin cup a different flavor. 

Grated cheese (I've tried mozzarella, Mexican mix, and sharp cheddar)

9-12 eggs, well beaten

Splash of half-n-half (optional)

Salt and pepper

Beat the eggs and optional half-n-half with salt and pepper. Pour just a little into each muffin cup to coat the bottom. Sprinkle a little of each of your vegetables and meat into each muffin cup. Sprinkle grated cheese into each muffin cup.

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Fill each muffin cup up with the remaining egg mixture. Don’t overflow any of the cups, but being a little short won’t hurt anything.

EggMuffins5Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes. I like to see a tinge of golden brown across the top of mine. Eat right away or chill and eat later, reheated or not.

I usually chop the vegetables and meat the night before and put them into little plastic baggies. Then I shove the baggies into my 4-cup measuring cup and put it into the refrigerator. In the morning I spray my muffin tin, take the measuring cup out of the refrigerator, and remove the bags of vegetables. I crack open the eggs into the measuring cup and beat well, adding salt, pepper, and a splash of half-n-half. Then I proceed as listed above. By the time the oven is preheated I’m ready to pop the egg muffins into the oven.

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Original recipe found at edibleSanFrancisco. I just love these. I would eat them often if I wasn’t trying to watch my carb intake. So, a couple times a year I splurge.

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1 cup broccoli, chopped fine
1 cup cauliflower, chopped fine
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 cup grated cheese
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper

In a bowl, stir together the first 6 ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients into the vegetable mixture and mix until just combined. Dollop onto a medium-hot griddle (I use a 1/3 cup measurer) and cook through. Remember that you are wanting the vegetables to cook, that’s why they are chopped fine, and each batch will take awhile to cook. When the tops seem a little dry or bubbles are forming and bursting on the top, it’s time to flip them over. Too much heat will make them look nice on the outside, but once you cut into them they will be gooey and the veges will still be hard and you do not want that. Remove from griddle and keep warm in 200 degree oven until ready to serve. I make fried eggs and sausage to serve with these beauties.

I have made these using all broccoli, instead of the broccoli-cauliflower mix and that works too, equally delicious! I use a knife to chop the vegetables, but I think you could use a food processor, like making cauliflower rice, and it would be faster.

 

 

 

GoldRushBrunchThis recipe is based on one found in my church’s old cookbook. It was submitted by my friend Jonna’s sister. Everyone at my house loves this. I don’t make it often because it takes awhile to prepare and bake. The original recipe calls for a 5-1/2 oz. pkg. dry hash brown potatoes with onion. Betty Crocker brand used to make it, but it was discontinued. I’ve tried several other brands of dried hash browns and as long as you keep it to approximately 5 oz or an amount that the package says serves 4 people, you’ll be fine. I like to add a pinch of dried toasted onion, too.

Prepare about 5-oz. dried hash browns according to package directions.

Prepare about 5-oz. dried hash browns according to package directions. While that is underway, start preparing the next part.

Make a roux of 4 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper

In a large saucepan make a roux of 4 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper

Stir in 2 cups milk. Cook and stir constantly until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.

Stir in 2 cups milk. Cook and stir constantly until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup sour cream and 2 Tbsp. snipped parsley or parsley flakes.

Stir the hash browns into the sour cream sauce.

Stir the hash browns into the sour cream sauce.

 

Pour into greased 9x13" baking dish and smooth it with spatula to evenly distribute in the dish.

Pour into greased 9×13″ baking dish and smooth it with spatula to evenly distribute in the dish.

Layer 8 slices Canadian bacon or ham lunchmeat or leftover ham slices along the center of the dish decoratively.

Layer 8 slices Canadian bacon or ham lunch meat or leftover ham slices along the center of the dish decoratively. I used ham lunch meat rounds, folded into quarters, for today’s illustration.

 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and, using a tablespoon, press 8 indentations into the hash browns.

Remove from oven and, using a tablespoon, press 8 indentations into the hash browns.

 

Carefully crack an egg into each indentation.

Carefully crack an egg into each indentation.

 

Carefully crack an egg into each indentation. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

 

Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until eggs are set. Serves 4 hungry people or 8 other types. Really good with a bit of Tabasco splashed on top.

Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until eggs are set. Serves 4 hungry people or 8 other types. Really good with a bit of Tabasco splashed on top.

Gold Rush Brunch Ingredients

Apx. 5-oz. dried hash brown potatoes with onion

4 Tbsp. butter

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

2 cups milk

1 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp. snipped parsley (or parsley flakes)

8 slices Canadian bacon or bacon lunch meat

8 eggs

 

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Alert: sourdough pancakes require planning. You can’t wake up in the morning and decide to make them. You must have a starter, or create a starter from scratch, and activate it at least the day before. The older your starter, the more sourdough flavor in your recipes. I’ve heard of people keeping their starter active for years and years, sharing and handing down to the next generation.

As a child I remember waking up one morning to the smell of pancakes frying. Oh, yum. Don Bruckner was staying at my house for a few days and treated my family to sourdough pancakes for breakfast. That morning he told me about the time he made sourdough pancakes for a huge group out in one of the villages and he mixed up the batter in the bathtub because it was the only container big enough. That’s a mental image I cannot shake.

What I don’t know about sourdough could fill several volumes. There is science involved in the whole process. I’m all about easy, so I don’t care to know why it works. I do not have an ages old starter, nor have I ever kept a starter for more than a few months. Here is how I do it, right or wrong.

The starter recipe I use to get going is based on the recipe Quick, Overnight Sourdough Starter in Rita Davenport’s cookbook, Sourdough Cookery (1977). I have tried many recipes in it.

In a medium bowl mix 1-1/2 Tbsp. active dry yeast, 2 cups warm water, and 2 cups flour. Cover, and let mixture stand in a warm place overnight. It bubbles and then separates. I stir mine down occasionally.

In a medium bowl mix 1-1/2 Tbsp. active dry yeast, 2 cups warm water, and 2 cups flour. Cover, and let mixture stand in a warm place overnight. It bubbles and then separates. I stir mine down occasionally.

If you want to save your starter, keep it active by feeding it equal amounts of warm water and flour at least once per week. If you want to stop feeding it, place the starter in the refrigerator or freezer.When you’re ready to use the starter again, add equal amounts of warm water and flour and let it sit in a warm place overnight.

The night before you want to make pancakes, either add 2 cups warm water and 2 cups flour to ½ cup starter or make the starter recipe above. [Remember that using the Quick, Overnight Sourdough Starter recipe doesn’t yield much sourdough flavor if used the next day.] The next morning remove ½ cup starter to save and feed for other uses.

To the remaining mixture, stir in 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. baking powder, and 3 Tbsp. oil.

To the remaining mixture, stir in 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. baking powder, and 3 Tbsp. oil.

Beat in 2 eggs. Dissolve ½ tsp. baking soda in 1 Tbsp. water and gently fold it into the batter. Do not stir it any more.

Beat in 2 eggs.

 Dissolve ½ tsp. baking soda in 1 Tbsp. water

Dissolve ½ tsp. baking soda in 1 Tbsp. water

 Dissolve ½ tsp. baking soda in 1 Tbsp. water

Gently fold the soda & water mixture into the batter. Do not stir it any more.

Cook

Pour the batter onto a moderately hot, greased griddle in the sizes that you wish. Once the edges are dry and bubbles have formed across the entire pancake, turn over.

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Makes 4 servings. Tastes great served with jam or jelly, syrup or honey.

Baked Oatmeal

I don’t often eat breakfast, but I really enjoy this baked oatmeal dish. Today I used frozen lingonberries, but any kind of fresh or frozen berry should work fine. The dish keeps in the refrigerator for several days and reheats nicely in the microwave. This recipe makes 6-8 servings, so I like using several small baking dishes and then saving the unused portions in the refrigerator until someone gets hungry enough to pull one out and eat it.

The recipe is based upon one I found on Epicurious, April 2011 by Heidi Swanson – Super Natural Every Day.

While preheating the oven to 375 degrees, chop 1/2 cup walnuts and place on a oven-proof dish to toast. I put them on a dessert plate, but a pie tin works well too. Shake or stir the walnuts around occasionally as the oven continues to heat up. Remove from oven once walnuts are a light brown color.

Mix together: 2 cups rolled oats, 1/3 cup sugar (or maple syrup-if using, add later with wet ingredients), 1 tsp. baking powder, 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon, scant 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 of the toasted walnuts. In a separate bowl (I use a 4-cup liquid measuring cup so I can easily pour the mix into the baking dishes) whisk together 1/3 cup maple syrup (if using), 2 cups milk, 1 egg, 1-1/2 Tbsp. melted butter, and 2 tsp. vanilla extract.

Arrange 2 bananas in a single layer in the bottom of a buttered 8″ baking dish. [Note: I used three small baking dishes.] Sprinkle 1 cup berries over the bananas.

Picture of my third dish baking dish.

Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Then slowly drizzle milk mixture over the oats. Tap the baking dish on the countertop to make sure the milk moves through the oat mixture. Scatter 1/2 cup more berries and toasted walnuts across the top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Serve with a little milk or other favorite oatmeal topping.

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