Oatmeal is normally given a sweet twist with the addition of fruit, nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar, but I like to play the rebel. Also, I am not a sweet person…as in I do not like desserts or pastry…not unkind. I started to think of grits which are often served like oatmeal but is also served with salt and pepper or other savory spices. How could I interpret that into oatmeal? How about a tasty bowl of oatmeal made with bacon and garlic served with avocado, tomatoes, and green onion. Intrigued or hesitant?
Every Christmas we have a Brunch Buffet with a variety of morning foods to appease all appetites. We have affectionately termed it “Meatfest”. Every year we seem to have leftover pancake batter and sausages. I also have leftover guests that I get up the next morning to make a smaller breakfast for.
One year I decided to get creative and see if I could repurpose the leftovers. I came up with this version of Eggs Benedict and it has become a Morning after favorite. A pancake base stacked with wilted greens, breakfast sausages, a poached egg, and a creamy hollandaise sauce. I think I just figured out how I keep gaining more overnight guests each year. 😉
So, don’t hate me, but I have never really understood the whole chicken and waffles concept. I understand the good plus good equals “gooder” philosophy. That’s where we get PB & J. Stay with me as I explain, the good plus good philosophy is where you take two things that are good on their own but when put together it is game over. From that point on you can’t imagine having one without the other (i.e. PB&J).
In chicken and waffles case, the waffles are better alone, and the fried chicken is definitely a force all on its own. So instead of the traditional waffles and chicken that have the two fighting for attention, I like to serve a “wacky” version of this classic with fried chicken bits served over a fried egg and wilted kale salad sautéed in a garlic confit and chili oil with waffle squares on the side served as “toast”.
I’m sorry y’all, I’m going to have to say the M word that no one likes, but when it comes to orange muffins, I want them to be Moist. This sweet muffin delivers and then some. In fact, it is so good you might be tempted to serve it for dessert. I love serving them on Christmas morning for brunch and later in the day as a snack.
I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. I haven’t even gotten my tree yet and let’s not talk about gift shopping. I have friends who are already done and here I am without even a list. Time to kick it into gear. From now until Christmas I thought I would share my Christmas morning, through recipes, with you and your family.
As the kids started getting a little older, I realize that with all the hoopla before Christmas day; the decorating, cookie baking, pageants, and parties, that the actual day itself was over before it even began. We open presents and the kids run off to play with their new toys and the day is rather anticlimactic.
That is when I decided to prolong the day. Today we get up and make a beautiful breakfast buffet, or “Meat Fest” as it has been affectionately termed. My husband and I work side-by-side in the kitchen getting everything ready. The kids set the table and lay out the food on the buffet table. Then we all sit down in the dining room and enjoy a leisurely mid-morning meal filled with laughter, stories, and yes, anticipation.
Croque Monsieur is a wonderfully toasted ham and creamy cheese sauce sandwich. If you put an egg on top you have a Croque Madame. You often see Monsieur and Madame Croque at the lunch table as a sandwich. My version is a simplified breakfast cup that I love to pop in the oven while I round up backpacks and loose homework on busy weekday mornings.