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Holiday Hangover Brunch

eggsOh don’t get all self-righteous on me you sneaky little devils!

I know that even the most lady-like among my readers over-indulges on occasion.

So, if that is the case, pass this sweet little recipe on to your adoring partner so that they can nurse you back to health. Do it now because the ingredients will likely be something for which they’ll need to shop ahead.

Just FYI, hair-of-the-dog is highly over-rated. Just sayin’….not that I have that much experience with holiday hangovers.

Gorgonzola Custards with Pears

(WAY better than it sounds. Be sure to double the recipe to sate the hangover hungries)

Ingredients

Butter to grease muffin pans

2 TBSP Butter

2TBSP Butter

2 TBSP Flour

1.5 cups warmed half and half

2 eggs & 2 yolks (beaten lightly)

1/2 lb gorgonzola (crumbled)

salt

2 Pears

Walnuts

A Salad bowl full of your favourite mix of greens ( I like spicy baby arugala )

Enough of your favourite vinaigrette for the greens

Method

Prehead oven to 350

Butter 8 custard cups/ramekins and place in pan

Melt 2 TBS butter over medium heat

Add flour and combine well, cooking for about 1 minute

Add the half and half cream slowly, whisking constantly, until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon (3-5 mins)

Remove from heat and whisk in whole eggs/egg yolk mixture.

Whisk in the gorgonzola until mixture is smooth

Add salt to taste

Pour custard into prepared custard cups and then pour hot water into the baking pan so that it reaches halfway up the sides of the custard cups/ramekins. Cover the pan and cups with foil.

Bake 25-30 minutes (test by inserting a knife – if it comes out clean, they’re ready)

While the custard is cooking wash and core pears, slicing thinly. Combine walnuts, pears and greens, and add vinaigrette to taste.

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Savoury Apple Strata

strataI’ve made this dish a number of times throughout the years, preparing the ingredients to be quickly cooked up and then stored in the refrigerator overnight for a quick and delicious Christmas morning breakfast.

Paired with a nice fruit salad, coffee and juice (a mimosa or two if you don’t have to be responsible for little ones), it’s a great way to start such a merry day!

Ingredients

3 Tbs Butter

3 medium Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)

4 cups cubed firm bread

2 cups shredded old cheddar

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp dry mustard

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

5 eggs

 

Method

Grease a 9×9 baking dish.

Melt butter in a pan, and add apples. Cook until tender-crisp (approximately 3 minutes)

Reduce heat to low and stir in brown sugar

Cook through until apples are tender (just a couple of minutes more)

Using half each of the bread, bacon, apples and cheese, layer in the baking dish, and repeat using the remaining bread, bacon, apples and cheese.

Whisk  together the milk, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and eggs.

Pour liquid mixture over cheese.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but no more than 12 hours.

Pre-Heat oven to 350, and bake for 45 minutes (uncovered)

Let stand 10 minutes before serving

Test  by inserting a knife. If it comes out clean, the strata is ready.

And of course…what you may wish to listen to as you cook….