Strawberry Brunch/Tea Sandwiches

Brunch Strawberry Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches.jpgYummy…All the Way Down the  Throat. No joke. This is a total software update for your palate…and speaking of which; it totally looks like the palette for a still life…calling Kristin!! Since strawberry season is in full swing here, I’m taking it straight to the kitchen. Hope that you do the same. With the marinade in this recipe, any strawberry will work if you live in an “off berry season”!

1 cup thinly slices strawberries
1 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 t honey
Pinch of salt and pepper
Vegetable cream cheese, room temperature (I prefer light)
Bunch baby arugula
8 slices white bread, edged, and cut in half

Toss together berries, balsamic, honey, and salt.
Let sit 30 minutes, then drain.
Spread cheese on all bread slices.
Season 8 bread halves with salt and pepper.
Layer strawberries across these halves.
Top with arugula.
Top with remaining bread slices.

Makes 8 tea sandwiches.

Bacon and Grits Fritters

Ta Da...The Finished Product!

Ta Da…The Finished Product!

We’re not counting calories today! Although if you stick with just one or two…no harm, no foul. Who thought grits could get any better? Well, this is so next level. Attempting to come up with new ideas for appetizers for holiday entertaining? Here you go babe. Leave your love life to chance, but not your cooking. Also perfect for a low key, or high key grazing brunch. Hello delicious!

4 cups milk
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking corn grits
1 1/2 shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 strips precooked bacon, heated and crumbled
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
Vegetable oil for frying

Step One...Cooking the grits.

Step One…Cooking the Grits.

Spray a large casserole dish with Pam, and set aside.
Bring milk, salt, and pepper to boil in large sauce pan.
Gradually stir in grits, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat to low.
Simmer, uncovered 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
Add cheese, bacon, and onions.
Stir until cheese is melted.
Transfer to prepared casserole.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Prepared Scoops of Chilled Grits Ready to Fry.

Prepared Scoops of Chilled Grits Ready to Fry.

Scoop out with a spoon and shape into 1 or 1 1/2″ balls.
Beat eggs and water with a fork in small bowl.
Place Panko in small bowl.
Heat 3 inches of oil in heavy saucepan over medium high heat.
Dip the grits balls into egg mixture.
Then roll in Panko.

First Side Cooking.

First Side Cooking.

Turned Over and Other Side Frying.

Turned Over and Other Side Frying.

Place in hot grease.
Repeat frying in batches.
Cook 1 1/2 minutes on first side.
Then turn fritter over using tongs and cook other side.
Drain on paper towels.
Serve warm for best flavor.

Makes 32 fritters.

Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce

Rise and Dine! Sorry ’bout the messy plate; silly me, I forgot to clean up the edges prior to photographing…and then I ate it before proofing the images! Ha…that may teach me a little something. Today’s post presents a masterful mix, perfect for brunch or supper. Yummilicious!Brunch Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 small sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes with juices, lightly crushed
1/8 t kosher salt
1/8 t freshly ground pepper
4 eggs
Fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In large oven proof skillet heat olive oil over medium high.
Add onion and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
Add tomatoes and simmer 5 to 7 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.

Using the back of a spoon, create a pocket in the tomato sauce for each egg.
Crack 1 egg into each pocket.
Transfer pan to oven and bake until eggs are set, 6 to 8 minutes.
Season eggs again with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley leaves.
Serve immediately.
Serves 4.

Post to the Script…I used my homemade canned tomatoes for extra yumminess.

Thank you Williams Sonoma for this idea. I tweaked your recipe to suit my desires.

Ricotta Eggs with Basil

Wake up and smell the chai! AND the eggs and bacon. Hooking you up with one of my favorite brunch (and Sunday Supper) recipes this Easter week. Have to admit, I’m also anticipating with much glee my new egg delivery straight from gentleman farmer/my friend Ben at Leggett Farm Organics. Booyah! It’s eggstra special! (Couldn’t help myself.)Brunch Ricatta Eggs I

5 eggs
8 oz fat free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded Romano cheese
2 Tbs sliced fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup fat free Half and Half

In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together.

Fill egg poaching pan with 1” water.
Pour a bit less than 1/2 cup egg mixture into each cup.
Set over medium heat, cover and bring to boil.
Then reduce to medium low and simmer until eggs are set, about 12 minutes.Brunch Ricatta Eggs II

Flip eggs upside down onto plate.
Repeat to make 4 more poached eggs.

Transfer eggs to individual plates and serve immediately.Brunch Ricotta Eggs III

*This same mixture can be used to make scrambled eggs.
Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.
Pour in egg mixture and stir constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, until cooked thoroughly.

Serves 6.Brunch Ricotta Eggs scrambled


Friday Frittata Fun

I relish brunch prepared for dinner on Friday evenings after an especially tiring week.  This evening happens to be just such an evening.  Enjoy the Frittata, served alongside bacon, toast and jam…and naturally a Mimosa or glass of smooth wine.

Spanish Potato Frittata
The finished product, presented as brunch entree and also as appetizer.Brunch Spanish Tortilla IVNew Appetizer Potato Frittata

You will need:
5 large eggs
1small onion, diced
3 medium potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced, and patted dry
4 oz Gruyere cheese, grated
4 Tbs olive oil, divided
1/8 t sea salt
1/4 t ground black pepper

Heat 3 Tbs of olive oil in frying pan on medium high.
When hot, add onion and potatoes.
Toss them around in the oil to coat.
Turn heat down to lowest setting.
Add salt and pepper.
Put lid on frying pan and cook gently for 10 minutes, shaking pan occasionally.
Turn mixture over and continue cooking another 10 minutes, until tender but not brown.Brunch Potato Frittata I

Meanwhile, break eggs in large bowl and whisk them lightly.
It’s important not to over beat.
Add grated cheese and stir.
When onions and potatoes are cooked, add them to the egg mixture in the bowl.

Put frying pan back on heat.
Add 1 Tbs of oil and turn heat back up to medium.
When oil is hot, stir potato and eggs thoroughly and pour into frying pan.
Turn heat down to low immediately.
Cook 20 minutes uncovered.
Every now and then draw the edge in gently with a palette knife.Brunch Potato Frittata III

When there is virtually no liquid egg left on the surface of the frittata,
turn it over to cook the other side.
To do this, place a flat plate over the pan,
and carefully invert both so the frittata is on the plate.
Put pan back on heat. Spray well with cooking spray.
Use a palette knife to gently ease the tortilla back in to cook the other side.
*Or treat yourself to a tortilla/frittata skillet duo. It makes life so easy!
Cook 5 – 7 minutes more.
Remove from heat and allow frittata to settle 2 minutes.
It should then be cooked through but still moist in the center.Brunch Potato Frittata IV Brunch Potato Frittata V

Happy Friday Frittata Fun Night!  Cheers to the weekend!