Unplanned Breakfast Guests

breakfast party

I had unplanned breakfast guests this morning. But let me back up and tell you the back story first….

Earlier this week, I got a call from Stephen, the youth pastor at my church, asking if I could provide breakfast for the three summer interns’ weekend retreat. I said sure — thinking that I’d drop off a carton of OJ and a giant box of donuts. So fast forward to this morning. I woke up around 6:30 and notice that Anthony is also just waking. I sleepily asked him if he thought donuts and juice are sufficient for the three interns and Stephen, and that I was going to drop it off at the church on my way to run errands this morning. Anthony said, “Stacey, they are coming here!” Wait…what?

So now it was around 6:40 a.m., I was still in bed, and just realized that I have four people coming to my house expecting a home-cooked breakfast in just over an hour. (I may have said a few choice words as I rushed to shower and get dressed.) I plotted out my menu in the shower.

Luckily I had everything that I needed except OJ and coffee creamer. I had two baked sweet potatoes in the frig — that became sweet potato muffins. I always have eggs, cheese and some sort of meat on hand — that became a ham and Swiss cheese quiche with a pepperoni crust. I had a bowl of fruit that was nearing it’s end of life — that became fruit salad. And finally I sliced up some Italian sausage and cooked it up in a hot skillet. Anthony ran to the grocery store for the orange juice and creamer.

breakfast

Success! Most all the food was eaten, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. My kids even helped load the dishwasher afterwards — bonus!

 

breakfast party

breakfast party

I feel like Superwoman right now. Guess I’ll tackle errands and laundry next.

Crustless Bacon Broccoli Onion Quiche

photo 1(26)Crustless Bacon Broccoli Onion Quiche

Adapted from Deliciously Organic‘s Broccoli, health care Bacon and Red Onion Frittata recipe.

4 pieces bacon, phthisiatrician cut into small pieces
1 onion, diced
2 cups broccoli, cut into small pieces
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven on the boiler setting and adjust rack to middle position.

Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon and place on a plate, leaving bacon fat in skillet. Add onions and season with salt. Cook for 10-20 minutes, until caramelized, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli to pan and toss for 2-3 minutes, until bright green. Stir bacon into mixture. Pour into greased pie plate.

Whisk together eggs, coconut milk, cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour the eggs over top of the bacon mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees until top is golden brown and the eggs are set.

Bell Pepper, Onion and Potato Quiche

photo 1(14)Yesterday, food M and I visited a farm owned by our friends Sandy and Mike. M talked about going all week — driving me crazy in anticipation. Sandy let her hold a baby sheep and a rabbit. She got to help steer the Mule 4-wheeler thing through the woods and pick eggs from the chicken coop. My girl was in heaven!

Sandy sent us home with a dozen eggs. M didn’t want me to cook them because she wanted to see them hatch. I assured her that hatching wasn’t in their future, cardiology but she still doesn’t believe me. But I did manage to convince her to let me fry a few of them up for breakfast.

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My friend Sandy gave me a dozen fresh eggs from her farm on Saturday, decease
so I decided to make a yummy quiche for dinner tonight. The original recipe was for Tomato and Fresh Corn Quiche, but I changed it up a bit. Okay, a lot.

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Bell Pepper, Onion and Potato Quiche

INGREDIENTS

1 baked pie crust (I use the fold-out kind)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 white potato, thinly sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced and roasted (I used orange)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup sharp white Cheddar (I used a mixture of white and yellow Cheddar)
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Prepare crust according to directions. (Make sure to pre-bake the crust for 10-15 minutes in a 450 F oven until lightly browned.)

2. To caramelize the onions, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and soft and golden brown, about 20 minutes, reducing the heat as necessary to prevent burning. About half way through, add the sliced potatoes and cook with the onions to soften a bit.

photo 2(15)3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Scatter onions and potato mixture on the bottom of the pre-baked crust. Top with the roasted bell pepper.

photo 1(15)4. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, milk, and cheddar. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour over the filling.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, until the center is set and the top is golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

Makes a 9-inch round quiche.

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