This Labor Day weekend, I did a lot of Netflixing, sleeping in and of course, gorged on many delicious meals – including this bad boy: Deep-Dish Pizza!
Originally I intended to make this for dinner, but after we received pound after pound of leftover brisket and pulled pork from a friend’s BBQ (YUMMM!!!) breakfast seemed like a suitable replacement.
This crust is awesome. Chewy and crunchy in all of the right places. Toppings are up to you, but there’s something about the combination of ricotta and fontina that made my tastebuds sing with every bite.
La la la la!
Happy end of summer and happy days of autumn to you! Bring on soup season 🙂
1 lb. store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
6 ounces Fontina cheese, grated
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3-4 fresh large eggs
Heat oven to 450 degrees F with the rack in the lowest position. Heat 1 Tbl oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, red pepper flakes, and garlic and cook until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
Stir together ricotta, parmesan, salt and pepper. Pour remaining oil in a 10-inch spinboard pan or cast iron skillet and spray the sides with cooking spray for extra protection. Stretch dough into the bottom of the round. Carefully press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the skillet (as best as possible - mine slumped down quite a bit but it didn't really matter). Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
Top dough with ricotta mixture, fontina, spinach, bacon, and tomatoes. Carefully crack the eggs and gently place on top of the pizza, yolks intact. Bake until the crust is golden brown and egg is cooked over easy to medium, 12-14 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut around edges of crust with a knife and remove from pan with a spatula (or two).
For the bacon part of this sandwich I did something a little different – I made a bacon weave. I cut my strips of bacon in half and made a 3×3 weave. It’s super simple and guarantees that every inch of your bread is covered by bacon. #winning
And don’t forget, brunch isn’t really brunch if you don’t have a mimosa or a bloody mary, so cheers to Sunday!
Bacon and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich with Sunny Side Up Egg
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Serving Size: 2 open face sandwiches
1 package of thick-cut bacon
4 large eggs
Toasted bread (your choice, we used whole wheat today)
Prepare a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Cut 12 strips of bacon in half. Place 3 half slices of bacon on the parchment paper and weave in 3 more pieces, like a basket.
Pop the pan into a cold oven and set it to bake at 375 degrees. Set your timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn your jelly roll pan around in your oven. Set your timer for another 5-10 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Remove from the oven and drain bacon on a paper towel.
As the bacon drains, cook your eggs. Take a few tablespoons of the bacon grease and place it in a medium pan. Heat the pan to medium heat and crack the eggs into it. Cover with a large lid and wait about three minute, or until the whites of the eggs are cooked but the yolks are still runny.
Make your sandwich: place the toasted bread on a plate, cover with slices of cool avocado, add your bacon weave and top with a hot egg. Serve with your favorite hot sauce. Enjoy!
Breakfast casseroles are delicious. They’re a warm, cheesy, eggy, potatoey (yes, that’s a word now) one pan package. The issue I have with breakfast casseroles is that they take at least 24 hours of planning. Unless I’m having a really good day, I tend to do things on a more ‘last minute’ basis. This version of breakfast casserole is a quicker version of the breakfast casserole we all know and love.
In our household, we tend to have all sorts of leftover odds and end by the weekend. We have pre-cooked breakfast meat in our fridge/freezer and pre-cooked potatoes of sorts (either a leftover baked potato, or frozen potatoes or hashbrowns). You can toss these into a baking dish with some scrambled eggs, go and do some chores and by the time you’re done, this casserole will be bubbling and ready to devour.
Do you ever find yourself with a huge pile of leftover tortillas? Maybe it’s just me, but I have a tendency to purchase way too many tortillas at the grocery story. I don’t know why I do this – heck, maybe my subconscious is preparing for a Mexican apocalypse. At least tortillas are delicious, versatile rounds of flour and lard. You can use them to make cheesy quesadillas, wrap them around burrito fillings, or fry them up and make a nacho plate or crispy tortilla strips. You can even replace the bread chunks in your breakfast casserole with tortillas.
Like many breakfast casseroles, I prepared this casserole the night before to allow time for the tortillas to soak up the egg mixture. The mixture will seem very runny at first, but fear-not my friends, the casserole bakes to light, eggy perfection. If you don’t want to wait to eat this, I would allow everything to soak for at least a couple of hours before baking.
I used flour tortillas because I prefer them. I have not tried this recipe with corn tortillas. Let me know if you do!
With the cold weather lately, casseroles just seem like the perfect meal to warm you up. ‘Tis the season for casseroles and soups!
1 cup (4-ounces) shredded Mexican blend or Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup low-fat sour cream
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 large eggs
3 large egg whites
Combine the salsa, black beans and corn in a bowl. Line 1/3 of the tortillas along the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with 1/3 cup shredded cheese and 1 cup of the salsa mixture. Repeat these layers (tortillas, cheese, salsa) and top with remaining tortilla strips.
Combine sour cream, milk, salt, pepper and eggs; stir with a whisk. Pour over tortilla strips; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight (is best).
Preheat oven to 350°.
Remove dish from refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with a lot of love and warm memories. I am thankful for my friends and family who make every single day so joyous. I don’t know what I would do without you all.
Speaking of family, I leave to go home in less than a week! I am so excited to spend time with my loved ones again. It’s like an early Christmas present to me. I wish I could stay longer, but I am out of vacation time at work. Next year I will do better. Adding that to the list of resolutions…
My best friend is also pregnant and due in March. I want to plan a trip out to see her and her brand new baby too. How exciting is that? This person I grew up with, laughed over many glasses of wine, cooked many a meals with, is bringing a new life into the world. Wild! I love it.
Anywho, here’s a recipe to help you ease into your day. Lots of great protein, few carbs, and as a previous commenter mentioned, add some tomatoes or salsa for a great detox breakfast!
Scramble the eggs with the milk in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat a small, lightly greased pan to medium heat and add the eggs.
Add the turkey, veggies and stuffing and cook until the eggs puff up a bit and begin to cook on the underside (the outer edge of your eggs will be white). Sprinkle with cheese if you are using, then as carefully as possible, flip the frittata in half to create a half circle. Cover with a lid to finish cooking and ensure the inside of your eggs are cooked completely.
I imaginee folks in the southwest drench their eggs in salsa on a regular basis. I didn’t attend the egg and salsa flavor-party until much later in life. We had all sorts of egg dishes when I was growing up, but never anything with so much flavor and heat like salsa. It seems like such a simple thing, but salsa just wasn’t on our breakfast table. More and more I have been adding salsa to my breakfasts – spicing things up with salsa on the side… until now.
Recently, the Mister and I attended a holiday food and craft fair. We sampled everything from fresh peach iced tea, delicious dips, to handmade toffee! We loved it all, but this El Fuego salsa really hit us in the kisser. It was so flavorful and fresh, we couldn’t say no and adopted our own container of it to bring home with us.
We really like Eggs in Purgatory in this household, so I figured, why not try to cook eggs in salsa this time around? Holy mackerel! I feel like I should have been doing this since the day I learned how to toast a piece of bread. This meal is so easy, it seems impossible that it tastes so good. But it does. And that’s the miracle that cooking is sometimes. Because the eggs turn out perfectly and we used such a flavorful salsa, I would even serve this as a nice brunch for guests. Heck, it makes a great weeknight meal too.
Now the key here is to get some pow-kisser salsa. I’m not necessarily talking heat here. I’m talking freshness and flavor. You really don’t want to have a bland salsa. So find your favorite salsa, add some eggs and enjoy!
I am so excited to share pumpkin recipes on this blog again! Pumpkin season is my absolute favorite. Pumpkin spice lattes… pumpkin cream swirl coffee… pumpkin coffee cakes… pumpkin ravioli… pumpkin everywhere!
You’ll have to excuse me if you’re like my boss and do not like pumpkin. More for us pumpkin lovers then!
If you’re here because you love pumpkin as much as I do, then let’s talk about pumpkin muffins.
Pumpkin muffins are arguably my second favorite pumpkin baked good after pumpkin pie. They are moist and fluffy and I can’t help but rip off those crunchy muffin tops (heehee!) and scarf those down before I can even blink. The batter scared me at first, a bit thicker than I thought it should be. But after I baked them I quickly realized that the batter was just right. These muffins are completely fluffy and flavorful. There really isn’t need for streusel or glaze, but heck, when in Rome right?
The streusel adds that extra bit of sugary crunch that we all love. Plus the glaze… well, frankly I’m happy I added the maple glaze. The maple compliments the pumpkin and spices extremely well. I never knew! I just might have to add syrup to my pumpkin pie from here on out. Okay maybe not… but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try it. 🙂
2 1/2 cups flour (I used a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 Tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 24 cupcake pans.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until combined, about two minutes. Add pumpkin and eggs, beating until blended. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt and slowly combine until thoroughly mixed (I did this by hand with a wooden spoon). Spoon batter into cupcake tins, dividing evenly (each about 2/3 full).
In a separate bowl, mix streusel ingredients together with a fork. Sprinkle over muffins evenly.
Bake for 17-18 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
For the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar, vanilla, maple syrup and milk together until desired consistency. Drizzle onto the muffins, allow to set for a couple of minutes and enjoy!
If freezing, do not add drizzle. Allow muffins to cool and store in an airtight freezer bag. When ready to eat, thaw and make drizzle fresh.
After all of the devastation here in Colorado, we are still in clean up mode. Areas in the foothills are still in a state of emergency. A lot of the water around us has receded in our town, but many neighborhoods are still underwater. We are very lucky.
There are ways you can help if you can. There are many families left without homes who did not have flood insurance. Colorado is a dry, wildfire-prone place. Most insurance companies don’t mention flood insurance when you buy a home out here. Due to vast burn areas, the land here wasn’t able to soak up the heavy rain we received and thus, flash floods. You can see some amazing photos of this tragic event here.
As I said before, we are very lucky. We didn’t have any damage and were able to continue safely drinking our tap water. We were, however, stranded for a few days and ate whatever we had on hand to get by – mostly junk. The highways are finally open and the grocery stores receiving shipments again. I was able to buy some fresh produce. This is one of the first things I made.
I was craving fresh avocado and tomato – one of my favorite combination of flavors. I had provolone on hand so I added it to my omelette but mozzarella would be a good, salty cheese to use too. I have to say, it was extremely satisfying to eat something so light and fresh for a change. Things are looking up.
It’s funny, this event has physically separated families and loved ones, but somehow has brought this community closer together.
Spray a small non-stick pan with non-stick spray and heat it over medium heat. In the mean time, whisk the eggs, salt and pepper, and dry mustard and cayenne (optional) in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the pan and turn the pan so the egg coats the bottom of the pan and part of the sides. After you see the edges turn from yellow to white (cooked egg), sprinkle tomatoes around the egg, and add the cheese. Fold the omelette in half, cover with a lid, and lower the temperature to low. Continue to cook until the inside of the omelette is cooked and the cheese is melted, about two minutes. Remove from heat. Top with fresh avocado slices and sprinkle a couple more tomatoes on top and serve.
Do you know what that means? September means the air is crisper in the morning, school season starts and pumpkin season is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate pumpkin season than with pumpkin donuts? These drop donuts taste just like mini pumpkin pies. Yum!
Now, I don’t have a donut pan so I stick to drop donuts (who needs a donut pan to make great donuts at home anyway?) Okay, these aren’t gourmet looking by any means but they are rustic and absolutely delicious. Make sure you have some friends or family members around when you make these, otherwise you’ll eat them all by yourself. Which, your taste buds will love but your tummy might not.
The most important thing to keep in mind when making drop donuts is to make sure you drop small amounts of dough into your fryer oil. If you make the donuts too large, the inside will not be able to cook completely and the inside of your donuts will be doughy instead of fluffy.
In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all spice and cloves. Mix pumpkin, milk, oil, vanilla and egg in a separate bowl. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil 5-6 at a time. Fry 2-3 minutes, on each side, until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels. Mix sugar and cinnamon; roll warm donuts in mixture and serve.
Hi, I’m Nicole and I am a hollandaise sauce junkie. I love ordering it in restaurants but I have made some dreamy, creamy, restaurant-quality hollandaise sauce at home too. More often than not you’ll catch me licking my plate clean, but behind those satisfied eyes lies a face full of guilt. I feel guilty knowing what I just put into my body.
It’s an internal battle for me. My tastebuds argue, “It’s soooo good! Eat some more. That’s not enough sauce, you should put another gallon on top of those eggs!” While my heart screams, “What in the world are you thinking?! I thought you liked me!!”
Because I do love and respect my heart, I thought I would try making a “skinnier” version of this sauce. I used light greek yogurt and a bit of mayo to accomplish the same mouth feel. The lemon and the greek-style yogurt add a familiar zing like you would find in a traditional hollandaise sauce. Although, it’s not perfect and it’s not the quite same as hollandaise, it did satisfy my craving.
Have you tried a recipe similar to this before? What do you do to lighten your “heavy” sauces? Do you have any favorite substitutes?
8 large leaves of basil (or you can use wilted spinach)
slices of tomato
1/4 cup lemon low fat yogurt
1 tablespoon light mayo
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
fresh chives (to garnish)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Combine lemon yogurt, mayo, dry mustard, salt and cayenne in a small saucepan and whisk gently on low heat until warm and smooth
Fill a medium pot with 2 inches of water and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to a low temperature where the water is still consistently boiling but very low; crack one egg into a small dish and gently pour it into the pot, doing the same for each additional egg, one by one. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until desired doneness, spooning hot water over the yolk until slightly opaque.
In the meantime, toast the english muffins. Place toasted muffin halves on two plates and top with basil leaves (or spinach) and tomato slice(s).
Carefully remove eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, letting the excess water drain away; place on top of tomato; drop a dollop of sauce on top; garnish with chives and a sprinkle of cayenne.
I eat an average of 1 billion poached eggs each year. I may or may not be exaggerating (EGG-aggerating?). I also may or may not be made of poached eggs. Scientists are still trying to figure that out.
As you may already know, kale is packed with all sorts of good stuff for you (fiber, iron, vitamin k, antioxidants, yadda yadda) and has zero fat. The taste to me is like a mix of spinach and seaweed – it takes a little bit of getting used to at first. For me, the runny yolk from the eggs adds the perfect amount of richness to balance the ‘healthy’ factor of this dish.
1 large slice of bread or 2 small slices of bread, toasted
1/2 clove of garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 bunch kale, center ribs removed, sliced into 1/2-inch-wide ribbons (about 2 cups)
salt and pepper
Add about 1 teaspoon olive oil to a skillet. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook over medium-low heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the kale and cook until wilted, 2-3 minutes.
Fill a medium pot with water 2/3 of the way full. Bring the water to a simmer (so there are rapid champagne-like bubbles coming from the bottom of the pot, but not rolling water). Add the white vinegar to the water and wait for the temperature to return if necessary. Add the eggs and cook for 3-4 minutes. While the eggs are cooking, take a slotted spoon and gently spin the water above the eggs to help the eggs keep a rounded shape.
Transfer the kale to a plate and top with the poached eggs. Add salt and pepper to the eggs if desired and serve with toast.
Corned beef doesn’t have to only be a St. Patty’s Day thing. I love corned beef for breakfast any time of year.
I’m a fan of homemade corned beef hashes that feature large chunks of corned beef that you can see (unlike that ‘dog-food’ looking stuff that you get out of a can). I used leftover corned beef from our previous dinner for this breakfast. Ah corned beef, one of the easiest dinners you may ever make – I simply put my corned beef into a crock pot with some pickling spices and simmered it until it practically fell apart. Yum.
Because this is such a heavy dish, I wanted to lighten it up by using sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. I like the sweet and salty contrast that happened. I also served these with egg beaters and fresh apple slices. A winning breakfast any time of year!
Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool before dicing. Preheat a large skillet to medium heat. Add oil, sweet potatoes and salt and pepper. Cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes, until they are slightly golden and crispy. Then add peppers, onions, corned beef, and salt/pepper, toss and heat through. Serve hot.