Loaded Breakfast Sandwich

loaded breakfast sandwichI usually make a big breakfast for my family on Saturday mornings. My family likes bacon, eggs, hash browns and biscuits. But what to do with the leftover hash browns and bacon? To use up the leftovers I make loaded breakfast bagels. This is a super easy and fast breakfast!

Ingredients:

Makes 4 servings

4 Bagels

6 Eggs

2 tsp water

2 tsp butter

8 strips bacon, cooked

4 slices cheddar cheese

2 cups hash browns, cooked

4 TBSP mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Toast the bagels.
  2. Beat eggs with water until fluffy. Over medium heat melt butter in a skillet then add eggs. Cook and scramble eggs until desired doneness.
  3. Heat leftover hash browns and bacon in the microwave.
  4. Spread mayonnaise on bagels and top with egg, bacon, sliced cheese and hash browns. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Serve hot.

 

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Broccoli Salad Snacks

Broccoli Salad Snack appetizerMy husband got home from a business trip tonight so I decided to make his favorite thing for dinner – appetizers! Along with salami, cheese, crackers, carrots and dip, I made these tasty broccoli salad squares. They are one of his favorite things I make.

This recipe is based on a recipe I got from Pampered Chef about 15 years ago. I haven’t been able to find that slip of paper for a while, but luckily there’s not much to it so I just wing it!

Ingredients

2 crowns of broccoli, chopped

2-3 TBSP chopped red onion

1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup real bacon bits

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 TBSP apple cider vinegar

1 TBSP sugar

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls

Directions:

  1. Roll out the crescent dough in a sheet (don’t break up into triangles) onto a rectangular baking stone
    or cookie sheet. Bake according to package directions, checking for it to reach a nice golden brown color. Allow to cool completely.
  2. While dough is baking, chop broccoli and onion. In a small bowl mix mayo, vinegar and sugar until smooth.
  3. Spread mayo dressing onto the bread. Sprinkle with broccoli, onion, bacon, raisins and sunflower seeds.
  4. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter or knife.

This makes an excellent dish to bring as an appetizer for potlucks.  I like to make a batch and just split it between the two of us for dinner! The kids turned up their noses at it. That’s OK, more for us!

Quick Tip: Bacon

Bacon. Have you seen the Jack-In-The-Box commercial for “Marry Bacon”. Over the top, yes, but is there anything more delicious than perfectly crispy cooked bacon? It’s the go-to weekend treat in my home.

Here’s a quick tip on cooking bacon to perfection without getting splattered in grease. Cook it in the oven. Yep, that’s how they do it in restaurants.  This is a great way to cook a lot of bacon at once which is helpful if you have a big family or are entertaining guests.

  • Just lay the slices out on rimmed baking sheets, placing very close together or even slightly overlapping – it will shrink and separate while it cooks.
  • Line the pans with foil for easier clean up (optional, but recommended)
  • Cook in a preheated oven around 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes for thinner cuts; about 30 minutes for thick-cut.
  • Check periodically to make sure it’s getting done but not burned.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve

 

See, totally easy way to do it. Frees you up to work on the eggs, hash browns and other breakfast delights. Have a great weekend everybody!