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Breakfast That Will Stick To Your Ribs

Breakfast That Will Stick To Your Ribs

After a busy week with breakfast meals on the run, it’s nice to slow down on the weekend and enjoy a hearty breakfast around the table with your family. If you don’t already do this, it could be a wonderful tradition to begin! A leisurely weekend breakfast is a great time for the family to reconnect while fueling up for your favorite weekend activities. Whether you’ve planned a day of shopping, sports, or yard work, these breakfast meals are sure to satisfy!

Banana French Toast
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Butter
8 slices banana bread

In medium bowl, whisk eggs with milk, sugar, and nutmeg. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Quickly dip bread slices, one at a time, into egg mixture to coat, then immediately place into hot skillet. Fry until bread is browned on both sides, turning once. Serve with maple syrup. Makes 4 servings.

Cranberry Orange Pancakes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white or yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch salt
2 large eggs
6 ounces (about 2/3 cup) thawed orange juice concentrate
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest (optional)
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries or fresh chopped cranberries mixed with 3 tablespoons sugar

If using fresh chopped cranberries, toss in bowl with 3 tablespoons sugar and set aside. Combine dry ingredients; stir with wooden spoon. In separate bowl, beat eggs with orange juice concentrate, orange zest, milk, and melted butter. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until blended; fold in cranberries. Heat oil in skillet over medium low heat. Pour batter (approximately ¼ cup for each pancake) into skillet. Cook approximately 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side until browned. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Bacon and Egg Casserole
6 large eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
4 slices bread, torn, or 3 croissants, sliced and torn into 1-inch pieces
8 to 12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
10 to 15 grape tomatoes, sliced, or 2 small tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

Whisk eggs and milk in bowl; set aside. Arrange torn bread over bottom of buttered 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle bacon pieces and layer tomato slices on top of bread. Top with cheddar cheese, then pour egg mixture evenly over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees, until puffy and lightly browned. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Pecan Waffles
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pecan halves

Combine eggs, milk, and vegetable oil in mixing bowl. Beat until well mixed and smooth. Beat in flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Preheat electric waffle iron. Pour batter into hot waffle iron; sprinkle with pecan halves and bake until golden brown. Serve with maple or praline syrup.

Garden Omelet
2 eggs
1 tablespoon half-and-half or milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
Few drops Worcestershire sauce
Dash Cajun or Creole seasoning (optional)
Dash pepper
2 teaspoons butter
2 to 3 tablespoons finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon diced tomato

Beat eggs until frothy; whisk in cream or milk, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Heat butter in nonstick 8-inch skillet over low heat; pour in egg mixture. Cook slowly, lifting gently at edges to allow uncooked egg to run underneath. When omelet is almost cooked, but still shiny on top, cover and continue cooking until surface dries, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Top with shredded cheese, tomato, and green onion; fold in half. Makes 1 omelet.

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