Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Breakfast at Patty's House

Thank you Patty for hosting a lovely evening tonight at your warm and inviting home! What a great way to eat yummy breakfast food and drink mimosa and bloody mary cocktails. It was nice getting together and catching up with everyone.

The breakfast recipes are in the following posts or you can click on "Breakfast At Patty's" to see tonight's Taste Tempter recipes.

Sausage and Cheese Strata

Prepared by Kelly


12 eggs, beaten lightly
3 1/2 cups milk
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and Pepper
2 tsp. of mustard (I added this on my own)
1 roll of pork sausage (I used hot) I used a store brand "Hot" sausage and I think it was a bit too hot. Try Jimmy Dean "regular" sausage. You could substitute diced ham or chopped bacon. Veggies would also go well with this dish.
1 cups grated cheddar cheese (I use 1 cup sharp cheddar & 1 cup jalapeño jack cheese)
1 loaf bread


Start by letting the bread sit out for awhile, so that it gets hard – at least a half an hour. Beat eggs, add the milk, beat lightly until mixed. Add about 3/4 cup of the cheese to the eggs, mix. Cook sausage, break it up as it cooks, drain. Cut or rip bread into cubes, layer in pan (9X13) to cover bottom well. Sprinkle with sausage pieces and some of the cheese. Layer more bread, until pan is pretty full, more sausage and cheese. Then pour egg mixture over, spreading it out so it just covers the bread. Add a little more cheese to the top. Cover tightly with aluminum foil, put in fridge overnight. To bake: Preheat over to 350. Cook uncovered for at least 50 minutes or until egg is cooked and it is puffed up and brown. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. ENJOY!

Orange Breakfast Rolls

Prepared by Debbie


3 tablespoons active dry yeast (I used rapid rise yeast)
2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 cup butter, diced
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups scalded milk
2 egg, lightly beaten
6-7 cups all-purpose flour
14 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons grated orange zest

Yield: Approximately 35-40 rolls


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Combine the diced butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the hot milk, and mix to dissolve the butter. Let stand until lukewarm.
  • Mix the yeast, eggs, and flour into the milk mixture to form a sticky dough. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise for 2 to 3 hours (it should double in size).
  • Divide the dough into halves. Roll each half out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
  • Mix the softened butter, one cup sugar, and orange peel in a bowl. Spread over the dough. Roll up the dough along the long edge. Cut the rolls into one inch slices.Place in greased two 13x9 baking dish. Let rise until doubled in bulk (about 2-3 hours)
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree F (205 degree C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Dad's Quiche

Prepared by Kathy


1 lb. fresh or frozen spinach - cooked and drained well
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic - minced
2 tbl. butter
1 1/2 cup (6 oz) shredded swiss cheese
3 eggs beaten
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp celery salt
2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced (optional)
1 tbl. flavored breaded crumbs
1 tbl. parmesan cheese


1. Prepare crust - dad cheats and uses store bought
2. Press excess water out of spinach
3. Saute' onions & garlic; add spinach and cook until excess water evaportates
4. Mix all ingredients except tomato, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
5. Pour into pie shell and arrange tomatoes on top
6. Bake in a hot oven at450 degrees for 15 minutes
7. Lower heat to 350 degrees and cook for 10 minutes
8. Sprinkle bread crumbs and parmesan cheese on pie and bake 10 minutes longer.

Puffed Pancake with Raspberries

Prepared By Lisa


6 eggs
1 cup milk (I used 2% - do not use skim)
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter (1 stick)
½ pint raspberries
Confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix eggs, milk, orange juice, sugar, flour, and salt in a blender.
Melt butter in a 9-inch round glass pie plate (I used ceramic) in oven until sizzling. Do not allow butter to brown.
Pour batter into baking dish and bake in middle of oven until puffed and brown, about 20 -25 minutes. There is a lot of butter on top of the pancake when it is done so I took paper towel and blotted it to get rid of some of the melted butter.
Fill pancake with raspberries and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
To make raspberry sauce – heat 1 jar of seedless raspberry jam.

Apple Cinnamon Quiche

Prepared by Carol


2 apples, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp butter
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
1 unbaked 10-inch pastry shell
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whipping cream

  • Saute' apples in butter for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over apples
  • Layer apples in pastry shell
  • Sprinkle cheese over apple mixture. In medium size bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs and whipping cream
  • Pour over the apple/cheese mixture
  • Bake in preheated oven 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until set

Monday, February 9, 2009

TT's Theme for February is Breakfast

Breakfast at Patty's this month!

I don't know about you, but when I make breakfast for my family I'm always the last one to sit down. Which means everybody else is almost or already finished eating. This can be prevented by preparing make ahead recipes such as baked french toast, egg strata, crockpot egg casseroles, breakfast rolls. etc. Our TT group will be trying out some of these wonderful ideas on February 10th.

But what if you don't want or don't have time to do make-ahead recipes and just want to cook a nice Sunday breakfast and sit down with your family. Here are some tips on how to keep your breakfast food warm so that everyone can be served at once:

For eggs, bacon and toast:

1. Set your table and be sure to have your jams, jellies, juice etc. set out before you start cooking.
2. Put 4 pieces of toast in the toaster. Have 4 more slice of bread ready to go.
3. Butter your skillet, scramble eggs in the same skillet (if using non-stick skillet, remember to use the appropriate utensils:)). Salt and pepper as they cook. If you have warming tray put them in warming tray and stir in a little sour cream.
4. Butter and put toast in warming tray.
5. Start 2nd set of toast.
While oven is preheating place 8-12 strips of bacon on broiling pan. For more bacon have two broiling pans and prepare a second tray to throw on. Place the oven rack on highest shelving. You are only going to broil a few minutes and turn it once in middle of cooking with tongs. Total time will be about 3-5 minutes or so. I like to turn the broiler temp down some. overdone pieces can be crumpled and saved for something else (such as salad, soup toppings, etc.)

Note: If you want you can get the bacon going first and then cook your eggs on the stove top while your bacon is cooking in the broiler.

Pancakes for Everyone, Try this:

You can keep pancakes warm by placing them in a single layer on a paper-towel-lined cookie sheet in a preheated 200 degree oven. Don’t stack warm pancakes or they will become limp and soggy. They'll hold in the oven at 200 degrees for up to 10 minutes. Keep putting the pancakes in the oven as you go, then, as soon as the last batch is cooked, serve it immediately on a warm platter.

Another way is to bring 2 cups water to a simmer in a large saucepan. Place a large heatproof plate on top of the saucepan. As the pancakes are cooked, place them on the warm plate covered with a clean cloth until serving time

Or if you how about keeping pancakes warm in a pancake tortilla warmer. You can purchase these for around $12-$15 at Cooking.com or Amazon.

Speaking of Tortillas! This works great, not only for taco night, but for a breakfast burritos. Here is my recipe for breakfast burritos (I was planning to bring these to our TT breakfast tomorrow but I decided to bring Orange Rolls instead)

Breakfast Burritos:

  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 in.)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar - jack cheese - divided

In a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, stir sausage, onion, and chilies until meat is crumbled and browned, about 15 minutes. Drain off and discard fat.

In a bowl, beat eggs to blend with 1/3 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pour eggs into meat mixture in frying pan; with a wide spatula, stir over medium-high heat, scraping pan bottom often, until eggs are set to your taste, about 3 minutes for creamy eggs - 5 for firm.

You can serve the egg mixture in a bowl along with your warmed tortillas and shredded cheeses and salsa

Or you can make ahead the night before or make everyone's burrito and bake in the oven:

Lay flour tortillas flat on a counter. Spoon an equal portion of the meat and egg mixture in a band down the center of each tortilla to within 1 inch of opposite edges. Sprinkle mixture evenly with 2 cups of cheese and roll burritos up snugly. Set burritos slightly apart, seams down, in a 10- by 15-inch pan; seal pan with foil. If making up to 1 day ahead, chill.

Bake in a 200° oven until cheese is melted - 15 to 20 minutes; if chilled, bake in a 325° oven until hot in the center, about 15 minutes - remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese, put back in the oven uncovered till cheese melts. Serve Hot!

Egg, Cheese & Vidalia Onion Burrito:
(My favorite!)
  • 1 Vidalia onion (or any sweet onion), peeled and finely chopped
  • 10 large eggs
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 in.)
  • 1 cups American cheese (shredded, or cut up pieces of deli american cheese)
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter
In a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and saute until softened. Pour eggs into onion mixture in frying pan; cook for 1 minute; add cheese; with a wide spatula, stir over medium-high heat, scraping pan bottom often, until eggs are set to your taste, about 3 minutes for creamy eggs - 5 for firm.

Spoon egg mixture on warm flour tortillas and roll burittos tightly.