Category Archive Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Bacon and Egg Soufflé

There’s the classic French soufflé, which literally means “to breath” or “to puff”, then there’s the home cook’s more rustic (and easier) version. Bacon and egg soufflé puffs as expected thanks to the eggs, but the bacon and sourdough bread cubes gives it more heft than it’s fancier cousin. It’s a true breakfast workhorse because it’s assembled the day before and baked the next day (so you can sleep late). With the holidays around the corner and the never-ending stream of parties and house guests, you’ll want this soufflé recipe in your back pocket at all times.

Cooking bacon: Skip the mess of frying bacon in a skillet and bake it instead. Line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil (for easy cleanup). Place a cooling rack on top, and add the bacon slices in a single layer. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes for flat, crispy, evenly cooked bacon with no greasy cleanup.

Secret ingredient: This is a trick I learned from Top Chef Stephanie Izard. Instead of seasoning eggs with salt, she reaches for soy sauce. It adds an umami flavor that’s way better than ordinary salt. I’ve never looked at soy sauce the same.

Goes with: Sunday mornings never disappoint with a hot and homemade breakfast.  Here are a few fantastic do-ahead recipes that will make a fabulous spread with no morning stress: Almond Cherry Granola, Sticky Bun French Toast, Everything Banana Bread

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Bacon and Egg Soufflé

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Bacon and Egg Soufflé

Ingredients

  • 6 cups sourdough bread cubes (crust removed)
  • 8 oz Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Butter an 8-cup soufflé dish. Place bread, bacon and cheese in the dish and toss to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk and soy sauce. Pour over bread/bacon/cheese mixture. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Bake soufflé 45 minutes until golden brown and set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Please allow extra time for overnight chilling so the flavors can marry.

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Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Tart

Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Tart

What could be better on Mother’s Day than showing your mom some love from the kitchen with mozzarella, tomato, basil tart? Mozzarella, tomato and basil are pretty spectacular on their own, but bake them in a tart and they’re transformed into a rich, layered dish of gooey mozzarella, tender tomatoes and a puffy basil custard finish. You’ll instantly be elevated to favorite child status no matter your age.

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Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese

Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese

If you live in New Jersey, you’re well aware that a Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwich is just about the best tasting morsel of comfort food you’ve ever had. This version of the deli-staple egg sandwich is iconic all over New Jersey but you can make it just as easily at home and quite possibly better. The combo of Taylor ham, eggs and cheese stays the same; the way you cook it is entirely your home cooks prerogative. As for Taylor ham, it’s only available in New Jersey, but because it’s pre-cooked, hickory smoked and salt cured it’s shipped year ‘round.

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Orange Cranberry Tea Bread

Orange Cranberry Tea Bread

Share the love this Thanksgiving with the gift that keeps on giving. Orange cranberry tea bread is a thoughtful hostess gift not only because it’s homemade (by you), but also, it’s a nice addition to the Thanksgiving table or a hassle-free gift for breakfast the following morning. While you’re at it, make an extra so you’re all set for breakfast too.

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Lazy Egg Casserole

Lazy Egg Casserole

With the holidays literally around the corner, there’s no need to panic over what to serve for holiday breakfast when you have the lazy egg casserole. It’s essentially a “faux souffle” of an egg and milk and bread combo that’s baked till puffy and golden brown.  Add cheese and sausage and no one will be saying no to breakfast.  This all-in-one dish is lazy because it’s assembled the day before and baked the morning of. Best of all, it’s a perfect morning solution to feeding a crowd, no matter the holiday (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years Day) allowing you to focus on everything else.

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Sticky Bun French Toast

Sticky Bun French Toast

With the holidays approaching, it’s never too soon for us home cooks to plan our menus. Family, friends, college roommates and stragglers alike can turn your quiet kitchen into a bustling cafeteria. But, alas, holiday time is joyous, so leave the stress at the gym and make this do-ahead outrageous recipe for sticky bun French toast..

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Omelette in a Nest

Omelette in a Nest

At first thought, omelette in a nest, an omelette baked right into a hash brown crust seems utterly decadent and only worthy of a company brunch. But, it’s also a terrific breakfast grab-and-go protein rich work hoarse. They can be baked ahead of time, stored in the freezer then, microwaved for 30 seconds for a quick bite on the run. That’s just perfect this time of year when kids are off to camp, sports practice or a car ride to the beach.

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Angry Egg Salad

Angry Egg Salad

Angry egg salad is as lovely as a spring day. That pale yellow hue, the light and pillowy texture and the most delicate flavor of mild, if not bland eggs. But this is no ordinary egg salad. These eggs, once cooked, are soaked in a briny mixture of vinegar and hot sauce giving them just the right kick to make them “angry”. You see, hard cooked eggs are like little sponges soaking up flavor, yielding a magnificent transformation. Kind of like a thunderstorm in the middle of the lovely spring day.

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Everything Banana Bread

Everything Banana Bread

For a home cook, baking banana bread is sacred. Recipes are passed down in families and baked proudly through the generations. Everything banana bread is something you probably won’t order in a restaurant or even purchase in a bakery. It’s authentic home cooking because it’s quick to put together with familiar ingredients and a reliable way to use up spotty bananas. Here are all the secrets to jazz up this old favorite…

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Almond Cherry Granola

Almond Cherry Granola

Good morning sunshine! It is always sunny when you’re day begins with a bowl of homemade almond cherry granola. It’s hardly a recipe; just tossing a bunch of ingredients together like oats, nuts and dried fruit. But, once the baking begins, those same flat ingredients are transformed to crunchy, deeply roasted and extremely satisfying granola. It’s not even close to the stuff sold on a shelf. Of course, there are secrets….

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