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Summer Vegetable Strata

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Summer Vegetable Strata

4 servings

Summer is still here and so are the very fresh veggies in the markets and the Farmers Markets. So, here is a pretty healthy and dietetic dish made with egg beaters, skim milk, and low-fat mozzarella. It’s another easy one for the cook because it can be an overnight casserole.

Ingredients:

No-Stick cooking spray

1 medium onion, chopped

1 small zucchini, sliced

2 C. Italian bread cubes, (1 inch)

1/3 C. shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

1 C. (8 oz.) Egg Beaters

3/4 C. Skim Milk

1/4 Tsp. salt

1/4 Tsp. ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray an 8 X 8-inch baking dish; set aside
  3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.
  4. Add onions, zucchini and bell peppers; book about 6 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.  Add bread cubes; mix lightly.
  5. Spoon into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Beat Egg Beaters, milk, salt and pepper in a blender; pour over the bread mixture. Cover at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  7. Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes or until top is golden brown and knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 4 squares to serve.

If you wish to substitute the non-fat ingredients for the “real” thing, that would be just fine.  1 C. of Egg Beaters is comparable to using 4 whole eggs. 

 

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Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

 

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Emeril’s Spinach, Ham & Cheese Overnight Breakfast Casserole

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Emeril’s Spinach, Ham and Cheese Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Servings 6-8

Thank you Emeril for a recipe that I think sounds fabulous, easy to make, and a perfect one for innkeepers.  I can’t wait to try it and knowing that it came from you, I’m sure it will be delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Tblsp. olive oil

2 tsp. Kosher salt

1 C. finely chopped onion

1 C. small diced ham (5 oz.)

4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

4 C. 1-inch diced English muffins

1 lb. fresh spinach leaves, cooked and squeezed dry; or one 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, prepared according to package directions, well drained

6 large eggs

1-1/2 cups half and half

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 oz. finely grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat

Add the onions and a couple pinches of salt and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 4 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled onions, ham, cheddar cheese, English muffins and spinach and toss gently to combine.  Transfer to a well-greased 11.5 X 8 inch baking dish; spread the mixture out evenly.

Using the same bowl, add the eggs, half and half, the 2 tsp.salt, thyme, and cayenne pepper.  Whisk to mix well and pour over the bread mixture.  Cover with foil and store in the refrigerator up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.  Return to the oven and continue cooking until golden brown, puffed, and cooked through—about 10 minutes more.

Place on a cooling rack and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

This recipe is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse & Chef Karen Pickus.  Margot saw it on her PAII Infoemail that she received on May 1, 2012. 

 

 

Emeril’s Spinach, Ham and Cheese Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Servings 6-8

 

Thank you Emeril for a recipe that I think sounds fabulous, easy to make, and a perfect one for innkeepers.  I can’t wait to try it and knowing that it came from you, I’m sure it will be delicious.

 

Ingredients:

1 Tblsp. olive oil

2 tsp. Kosher salt

1 C. finely chopped onion

1 C. small diced ham (5 oz.)

4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

4 C. 1-inch diced English muffins

1 lb. fresh spinach leaves, cooked and squeezed dry; or one 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, prepared according to package directions, well drained

6 large eggs

1-1/2 cups half and half

1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 oz. finely grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat

Add the onions and a couple pinches of salt and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 4 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled onions, ham, cheddar cheese, English muffins and spinach and toss gently to combine.  Transfer to a well-greased 11.5 X 8 inch baking dish; spread the mixture out evenly.

 

Using the same bowl, add the eggs, half and half, the 2 tsp.salt, thyme, and cayenne pepper.  Whisk to mix well and pour over the bread mixture.  Cover with foil and store in the refrigerator up to overnight.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.  Return to the oven and continue cooking until golden brown, puffed, and cooked through—about 10 minutes more.

 

Place on a cooling rack and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

 

This recipe is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse & Chef Karen Pickus.  Margot saw it on her PAII Infoemail that she received on May 1, 2012.

 

 

Overnight Scrambled Egg Bake

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overnight scrambled egg bakeOvernight Scrambled Egg Bake For An Easter Breakfast Or Brunch

Eggs are supposedly a symbol of fertility and new life. They play a big part in most of our Easter traditions. I do like eggs and somehow or other, the combination of eggs and ham always seem so appetizing. Maybe that’s why I got such special enjoyment out of reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to my little ones.  So as “Sam-I-Am” recommends and for your family’s gourmet enjoyment here with is an easy egg and ham dish to prepare the night before Easter and then to pop into the oven on Easter morn whilst the little ones are hunting for their eggs.  It’ll make the house smell good; it’ll make you feel good because it’s a no fuss dish and you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities; and after the egg hunt, it’ll make everyone feel good because they’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful Easter breakfast.  By the way, you don’t have to use green eggs—but you can if you wish as long as they are not hard boiled.

Overnight Scrambled Eggs Bake

Serves 6-8

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

8 eggs

1 ½ Cup Milk

¼ Tsp. Fine Herbs

6 oz. or A Bit More of Cubed Ham

Several Chopped Leeks

½ Cup Or More Sliced Mushrooms

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

One Large Tomato Sliced Thin

6 Thickly Sliced Pieces Of Challa Or Italian Bread Loaf (You can use other bread, but I have found that the two I mentioned are the best for this dish.)

Instructions:

Spray with a non-stick spray a 9 X 13 baking dish

Beat eggs well; add the milk and the fine herbs and beat more.

(If you wish, you can add other herbs and even a dash of white wine.)

Place sliced bread on bottom of your baking dish.

Toss ham, cheese, mushrooms and leeks together and put over bread.

Pour egg mixture over all.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Take out of frig. in the morning and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake covered for 45 minutes; then remove foil and place sliced tomatoes on top and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Cut into serving size portions.

You can use additional or substituted ingredients for this dish according to your whim and imagination.  For instance, you could add some chopped asparagus, spinach, squash, or other kinds of cheeses.  It’s a very versatile dish. 

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share. For comments, questions, and ideas please feel free to email her:margot6@mindspring.com.

Cherry Granola Breakfast Bake

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cherry granola & freezer cookies 003Cherry Granola Breakfast Bake In Honor of President Washington

 In 1880, it was legislated by Congress that February 22, President Washington’s birthday, would be the day to celebrate democracy and freedom in the USA. Today is February 22 so that brings to my mind the story about George and the cherry tree. As we all have heard, when he was a wee lad of 6 he loved to play with hatchets (can you imagine that?) and supposedly hacked and destroyed a cherry tree that was very precious to his father.  When his father asked little Georgie about that, of course honest George could not tell a lie. Some debate whether this is a true tale or not, however it still makes me thing about cherries. I guess that’s the way my mind works. Anyway, if you have a liking for granola or oatmeal kinds of breakfasts or treats, here’s a quick and easy dish with cherries that will give you lots of energy for our wonderful outdoor activities

Cherry Granola Breakfast Bake

1 Egg

¼ Cup Sugar

1 ½ Cups Milk

4 Tbs. Melted Butter

1 Cup Cherries (I used part of a can of cherry pie filling/topping.)

3 Cups Granola (I used almond & vanilla granola from a bin)

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9 inch round or square baking pan or I used my 9 ½ X 7 ½ oval pyrex dish with non-stick spray and if you want to invert this dish like a cake, put a little flour on the bottom and invert when cool.

Beat together the egg, sugar, milk, and melted butter.

Stir cherries and granola in your baking dish along with the batter.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until set. (when a knife or toothpick comes out clean)

You can dust the top with powder sugar and add more fruit for additional color

You can serve it immediately with maple or fruit syrup.

You can heat it later in the day and serve it with ice cream.

You can also substitute the cherries for other fruits.

Have it the next morn, sliced and cold, with a good cup of coffee or tea. That’s actually my favorite way.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share. For comments, questions, and ideas please feel free to email her:margot6@mindspring.com.