Breakfast

Eggs Trivette

by Shawnda on March 23, 2013

in Breakfast,Cajun,Crawfish,Eggs Benedict,Mardi Gras,Seafood

Eggs Trivette (Crawfish Eggs Benedict)

What else would you have for breakfast after a crawfish boil but Eggs Benedict with a cajun twist?

Honestly, after as much stuff as we indulged in, we probably should have just had a bowl of lawn clippings for breakfast. And lunch. But I thought that leftover crawfish, bacon, and a spicy hollandaise sauce sounded much better. And no reason to stop the overindulgent train on a weekend before noon, right?

Eggs Trivette (Crawfish Eggs Benedict)

Eggs Trivette

Eggs Benedict gets a Cajun makeover with leftover crawfish tails and a kicked-up hollandaise sauce.

Ingredients

  • For the spicy hollandaise sauce:
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2-2 tsp Creole mustard (or any brown or dijon mustard)
  • Tobasco sauce
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • For each serving:
  • 1 toasted English muffin half
  • 1 slice of cooked bacon
  • 1 poached or fried egg
  • Spoon of leftover crawfish tails, warmed

Instructions

  1. In a heatproof bowl set over a small pot of simmering water, whisk egg yolks with water, whisking vigorously, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in lemon juice, a few dashes of Tabasco and 1/2 tsp of Creole mustard.
  3. Whisk in 1-2 pieces of butter at a time until melted.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and whisk in additional Creole mustard, if desired (I used 2 tsp total, after reserving some of the sauce for the Creole mustard hater in the house).
  5. Keep warm over the doubler boiler, whisking occasionally.
  6. Build your Eggs Trivette from the bottom-up: toasted english muffin half, bacon (breaking the pieces as necessary to fit), egg, spicy hollandaise sauce, and a spoonful of crawfish tails.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Breakfast Brisket Tacos

A couple of slices of leftover brisket? Leftover pico de gallo? Half an avocado? Eggs?

Congratulations – you’ve got all the fixins necessary for a breakfast taco worthy of celebrating Texas Independence Day today!

And perfectly enough, this weekend is totally Frito Pie weather here in southeast Texas. Although it’s almost never not the perfect weather for Frito Pie… or the day-after Frito Pie Burger.

Brisket Breakfast Tacos

Happy Independence Day, indeed.

Brisket Breakfast Tacos

Turn leftover brisket into breakfast tacos.

Ingredients

  • For the pico de gallo:
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt
  • For each taco:
  • Flour tortilla
  • Scrambled egg
  • 1-2 slices of brisket
  • Cubed avocado
  • Hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir the ingredients for the pico de gallo together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Warm the tortillas and brisket in the microwave until hot.
  3. Top your tortilla with a scoop of scrambled eggs, brisket, avocado, and a dash or two of hot sauce.
  4. Serve hot.
  5. They also freeze well - wrap in plastic wrap without the avocado and pico; reheat in the microwave and then top with avocado and pico.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Eggs Benedict con Queso

Hi, my name is–

Queso! QUESO!! KAY-SOOOO!!!!

That’s kind of what happens when we go to Austin. We stop by the original Kerbey Lane Cafe at least once… a day. And before the server can even get his or her name out, my husband is already reaching for his tranquilizer gun.

So maybe it’s not that bad, but I am a certifiable chile con queso junkie. And I’ve never really paid much attention to their menu. (Seriously, they have a menu! Who knew?)

Eggs Benedict con Queso

But a reader recently brought to my attention a dish from that alleged menu: “Eggs Francisco.” Eggs Francisco is an English muffin topped with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, bacon and a scoop of Kerbey queso.

That? That sounds like my kind of breakfast. (Or breakfast for dinner, as it turned out.)

We took a slightly different approach to Eggs Francisco, instead merging Eggs Benedict with a few TexMex and breakfast favorites to create a dish totally worthy of a fancy & pricey brunch: bacon, avocado, pico de gallo, and a generous spoonful of queso.

Eggs Benedict con queso y avocado y bacon y pico de gallo. But you can call ‘em Eggs Benedict con Queso.

Eggs Benedict con Queso

And then you can call it the best thing to happen to Eggs Benedict since butter and homemade English muffins.

I already had English muffins in the freezer and leftover pico and queso in the fridge from the night before, so I really only had to cook the bacon, poach the eggs, and toast the muffins. It took no time at all for it all to come together!

Eggs Benedict con Queso

Eggs Benedict, with a TexMex twist.

Ingredients

  • For the pico de gallo:
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt
  • For each serving:
  • 1 toasted English muffin half
  • Sliced avocado
  • 1 slice of cooked bacon
  • 1 poached or fried egg
  • 1 scoop of warmed chile con queso (this is my favorite recipe)

Instructions

  1. Stir the ingredients for the pico de gallo together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Build your Eggs Benedict con queso from the bottom-up: english muffin half, avocado, bacon (breaking the pieces as necessary to fit), egg, queso, and a generous scoop of pico de gallo.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, Inspired by Kerbey Lane Cafe

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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DIY: English Muffins

by Shawnda on February 20, 2013

in Bread,Breakfast,DIY

Homemade English Muffins

“Dough! Are you making dough? I can have some dough?”

The clank of the mixer bowl snapping onto mixer sends The Little running to the kitchen from anywhere inside our fence line. She has always had super Spidey hearing. When she was a newborn, the sound of milk pouring over my cereal downstairs in the kitchen would be enough to wake her from a nap upstairs. Every single time.

Unless we’re talking about cracking eggs or making pizza/bread dough, she’s not overly interested in helping in the kitchen. And this is what it usually looks like when I ask “Do you want to help Mommy measure the flour/cut cookies/do anything else besides eat raw bread dough or crack a couple of eggs?”

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Lately, she’d rather paint or draw. Or wear a princess fairy dress.

It’s like we’re barely related some days :)

But the promise of a pinch or two of bread dough can cut a tantrum short and get my scattered toy mess of a living room picked up in no time. So we’re making a lot of bread lately.

King

English muffins are one of those bread things that are plenty easy enough to drop into your cart at the store but are so much more delicious when made at home, you just need to find a couple of hours on a weekend to let the dough rise and then some hands-on shaping and cooking time.

Just be warned – after eating Eggs Benedict or a breakfast sandwich on homemade English muffins, the store-bought variety will never even come close to living up to them. Even when drowned in all that magical Hollandaise sauce.

Need help deciding what to do with all those English muffins? We clearly vote for Eggs Benedict:

Eggs Oscar Eggs Trivette Eggs Benedict Burger King Crab Eggs Benedict Eggs Benedict Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce Buttermilk pancakes Eggs Spin-edict

Or this beauty that’s coming soon to a blog near you:

Homemade English Muffins

English muffins couldn't be easier to make and taste so much better than their store-bought counterpart.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups lukewarm milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) yeast
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • Oil for bowl and hands
  • Cornmeal for pans

Instructions

  1. Place milk in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and sprinkle yeast over top.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes and then add the butter, salt, sugar, egg, and flour.
  3. Mix on low until the flour is incorporated and then switch to medium and beat for 5 minutes - dough will be very soft and sticky.
  4. Scrape dough out into an oiled bowl and cover, letting rise for ~2 hours.
  5. Keeping your hands well oiled to prevent the dough from sticking, pinch golf ball sized pieces of dough off (2 oz, if you have a kitchen scale), form a ball, and place on a griddle pan that is generously dusted with cornmeal.
  6. Lightly press down on the balls once on the pan (I could fit 8-10 on my griddle and then I put the remainder on a baking sheet to cook in two batches).
  7. Let rest for 20 minutes.
  8. Turn burner or grill to medium low and cook until golden brown, ~12 minutes on each side. (If they brown too quickly, reduce the heat.)
  9. Carefully transfer the second batch to the griddle so as not to deflate them and cook until done.
  10. Let cool completely on a rack before splitting open with a fork.
  11. Muffins will keep fresh on the counter a few days and freeze well.

Notes

Yields: 16 muffins

Slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour

Estimated time: 3 hours

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