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.

Mini Quiche

I’m preparing for the busy weekend that is here. YIKES! Have a crowd arriving and I’m going to be better than just plain “ready”! This is a simple marvelous breakfast/brunch/nutritious snack to have on hand. And children think it’s wonderful. What beats that? Game Day!

Brunch Mini egg omelet I1/2 lb ground sausage
8 eggs
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped red pepper

Brown sausage in skillet on medium high, stirring often.
Drain grease off sausage, and transfer sausage to paper towels to blot.
Melt butter in small skillet.
Sauté peppers 2 minutes, until tender.
Drain excess butter.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat eggs in large mixing bowl.
Add sausage, cheese, and peppers; and stir to combine.
Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Fill 10 cups with mixture.
*If there are empty cups in the muffin tray, fill them half way up with water to balance cooking.
Cook 20 minutes, or until done.

*Author’s Note: If you use low fat turkey sausage, you are looking at a mere 140 calories each.Brunch mini egg omelet III

*These freeze well.
To serve after frozen, thaw 1 hour at room temperature.
Then microwave for 45 seconds.
Let rest for 1 minute.
Microwave another 45 seconds.

*If you are going to serve them the next day for breakfast, do not freeze. You may simply place them in a plastic bag and pop them in the microwave the next morning for 45 seconds. Test for warmth by inserting a knife into the center and then touch the knife for heat. If necessary zap another 10 to 15 seconds.