I was told a while back that you never need to apologize for writing how you feel. In light of yesterday’s Christmas Day Breakfast – Take One, I don’t apologize. I thank you for the allowed pause, a simple gesture to show honor and respect to the families of lost loved ones in last week’s tragedy.
Today is “take two”, so I’d like to share with you a breakfast idea that your family will enjoy, perhaps for your Christmas morning meal. It could be the beginning of a new tradition in your home. Traditions are special, y’all! They are true to bringing comfort and harmony to our homes for the holidays.
This is one of those meals that can be simple or complicated, depending on what you add to it. For a simple breakfast, let’s just start with the egg stacks. Spray muffin pan(s) with non-stick spray, and layer the ingredients.
The bottom layer is one tablespoon of a frozen-type, shredded hash browns, thawed. (If you don’t like hash browns, skip on to the next layer, or substitute something else.)
Next, add enough ham pieces to cover the hash browns, then crack an egg on top. (These steps can be done the night before and refrigerated until morning. It’ll take a little longer to cook, since the pan will be cold, but it works fine and saves morning prep time.)
I made one in a ramequin, just to see if I liked it better than the muffin size. The ramequin took 3 tablespoons of hash browns, a little extra ham, and two eggs. Bake in 375° oven for 10-12 minutes (ramequins for 15-20 minutes). Top each with a tablespoon of shredded cheese. Return to oven briefly to melt the cheese.
On a weekday morning, the egg stack is sufficient. But for Christmas, I like to add biscuits, y’all. And jelly. And fruit. And fruit juice. Of course, coffee, too. By the way, I like the ramequin on the plate, don’t you? Makes it look for more special for our special day.
Chopped onion, bell pepper, and any other ingredient you like can be layered in there. You could serve the egg stack with pancakes or waffles, too. It’s very flexible, y’all!
The Real Concord Grape Juice in the Christmas polka-dot juice glass is from my September delivery of Concord grapes. I saved one last jar for Christmas morning, y’all. With that same delivery of grapes, I preserved some Concord Grape Jelly from an on-line recipe site, so I’m serving it to compliment the juice. Haven’t blogged about that yet, but I might, ’cause it’s really good – especially on biscuits.
An easy way to eat this egg stack “on the go” is sandwiched inside a biscuit.
No way around it, this little egg stacker thingie is pretty versatile. 🙂
Back to the subject of traditions, I have a confession to make. We have an altogether different Christmas breakfast tradition when we’re traveling, especially to a place that has a Krispy Kreme Donuts. Yes, it’s true. After moving to a land far, far away from any sight of Krispy Kreme, we’re in major withdrawals from our favorite donuts all throughout the year, so we must indulge when we have the opportunity. And to prove our love for Krispy Kreme, we have an ornament (and it lights up and blinks when I remember to buy more batteries, y’all).
It is our favorite reminder of our favorite delicious donuts and our favorite Christmas “travel” tradition. Sorry, family, we’ll be home for Christmas this year. New Year’s trip maybe?
Merry Christmas morning, y’all!