PECAN PRALINE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

We’re a breakfast casserole family, and though these dishes taste best when chilled overnight prior to baking in order to allow the bread to soak up the egg mixture, I’m too often spur-of-the-moment. As evidenced by this tasty Pecan Praline Breakfast Casserole–and some very hungry guys–you can fudge on soak time. Thumbs up!

Pecan Praline Breakfast Casserole

1 cup packed brown sugar

5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans

3 large ciabatta rolls (4″x4″), sliced in half, top and bottom crusts removed (or other nice white bread)

6 eggs

1-1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp granulated white sugar

1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees; lightly butter an 11×9″ casserole dish

2) In small bowl, mix brown sugar, melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and pecans; spread across bottom of casserole dish; top with 6 ciabatta slices; set aside

3) In medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon; pour over ciabatta slices and let sit 10 minutes; bake in oven 45-50 minutes until eggs set; using spatula, flip each slice over onto plate to expose pecan praline topping; serve with or without extra maple syrup (it’s pretty sweet on its own)

Servings: 6

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SMOKED SALMON-TOMATO-CHIVE MINI FRITTATAS

Junior Too grimaced when he saw me beating eggs with half-and-half (he’s not big on eggs), so I decided to make this egg-based meal special for my seafood lover by bypassing ham in favor of smoked salmon. Score! Both he and Senior devoured this tasty frittata, and though I would have preferred ham, I didn’t leave much on my plate either. Note: If you don’t own mini-casserole dishes, bake in a large casserole dish for an additional 15-20 minutes or until eggs are set.

Smoked Salmon-Tomato-Chive Mini Frittata

spray olive oil

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1 cup shredded Italian 6-cheese blend, divided

6 oz smoked salmon, flaked

8 eggs

3/4 cup half-and-half

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees; oil 4 mini-casserole dishes with spray olive oil

2) Layer ingredients, dividing equally between casserole dishes: tomatoes, chives, parsley, oregano, 3/4 cup cheese (reserving 1/4 cup for topping), and salmon; set aside

3) In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper; pour over tomato-smoked salmon layers; bake in oven 20-25 minutes until eggs are set; sprinkle reserved 1/4 cheese over frittata and bake additional 2-3 minutes until cheese melts; enjoy!

Servings: 4