January 23, 2010

Meals from the Holiday Break

For Christmas Day or New Year's Day (sad I don't remember which) I made a Mushroom Bacon Breakfast Strata. I wanted a recipe I could prepare the day before and keep in the refrigerator overnight. This strata I found on the PW's site was perfect.

The Mushroom Bacon Breakfast Strata had excellent flavor. It was a little dry for my liking and PE didn't like it because of the mushrooms. (It is hit and miss as to whether he will like something with mushrooms or not.) I will make this again; however, I will make some minor modifications.

Another one of the days I was on vacation I made Eggnog Pancakes. I made sure to make them while PE was at work (especially after the mushroom incident) as he doesn't like eggnog. The kids and I really enjoyed them.

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Mushroom Bacon Breakfast Strata
from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
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10 slices bacon, cut Into 1/2" pieces
12 whole white mushrooms, sliced
8 eggs beaten
1/2 cups half-and-half
salt and pepper, to taste
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
10 oz Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips

Fry bacon pieces in a large skillet until done but not overly crispy. Drain on a paper towel, pour grease from skillet. Add mushrooms to skillet (don’t clean skillet first) and cook until done.Mix eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Arrange pita chips in an 8 x 11-inch baking dish. Slightly press to flatten. Tear pieces of cream cheese and evenly distribute over the top of chips. Distribute mushrooms and bacon over the top of this, followed by the cheddar cheese. Pour egg mixture evenly over all ingredients. Place into the fridge for several hours of overnight (makes a handy breakfast casserole!), then bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until eggs are set. Cut into squares and serve immediately.

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Eggnog Pancakes
from Sparky
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2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
1 to 1 1/2 cups eggnog
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and using a fork cut in until crumbly. Add eggnog and eggs to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Cook on griddle until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup.

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