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Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole
Eggs Benedict Casserole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggs Benedict Casserole

The other day I was strolling through Pinterest looking at large gathering brunch ideas and came across a number of “pins” about eggs Benedict casserole.  The recipe was basically the same in all of them and it was designed to serve10-12 people.

The idea intrigued me, but what if you’re not having a group over?  So I reworked the recipe to a more manageable portion to serve 4.

The recipe is really simple and easy, but does take time as you need to allow it to sit for 4-12 hours so the muffins soak up some of the egg.  To make it even easier you can use my “quick” blender Hollandaise sauce which we will post below.

Ingredients for Eggs Benedict Casserole

  1. 3 English muffins split and cut into ½” cubes
  2. 4 large whole eggs
  3. 6 oz Canadian bacon cut into ¼-½” pieces
  4. 1 cup whole milk or ½&½
  5. ½ tsp onion powder
  6. ½ tsp vanilla
  7. ½ tsp nutmeg
  8. ½ tsp salt & pepper
  9. Vegetable oil spray or 2 Tbs soften butter

Ingredients for Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

  1. 2 sticks unsalted butter melted and warm
  2. 3 egg yolks
  3. ½ tsp salt & pepper each
  4. juice of ½ a lemon = 1-2 Tbs appox.
  5. 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  6. pinch of paprika

Directions for Eggs Benedict Casserole

Spray or butter a 3 cup (appox) Au gratin dish.

Split and cut up the english muffins and cut into small cubes.

Dice the Canadian bacon.

In a bowl place the eggs, milk,onion powder, vanilla ,nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Whisk well to combine all the ingredients.

Sprinkle about ¼ of the bacon on the bottom of the dish, Then place ½ the English muffin in the dish and top with ½  the remaining Canadian bacon.  Layer in the rest of the English muffin and top with the remaining bacon.  Now pour the egg mixture over all and press lightly to insure all the muffin is in the batter.

Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours up  to overnight.

When ready to bake, place into a preheated 375º oven and bake in the center of the oven, covered for about 30 minutes.  Then remove the foil and bake for another 10- 15 minutes until the top bacon is cooked and the muffin is browning slightly.

While the casserole is baking begin to prepare the Hollandaise. 

 

Directions for Blender Hollandaise

Melt two sticks of butter and keep warm (not hot).

Into a blender place the egg yolks the lemon juice, salt, pepper, Tabasco and paprika and blend for a few seconds to combine all.

When the casserole is just about done, turn the blender on high and slowly add the warm butter until you have a thick pale yellow sauce.  Pour sauce into a gravy boat and serve on the side.

Eggs Benedict Casserole with Hollandaise Sauce
Eggs Benedict Casserole with Hollandaise Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 24-Ounce Oval Au Gratin Dish, Cherry
Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender

 

 

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Slightly eggy, interesting bread and of course Canadian bacon, how can you possibly go wrong, EH!

 

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Ingredients

  1. Ingredients for Eggs Benedict Casserole
  2. 3 English muffins split and cut into ½" cubes
  3. 4 large whole eggs
  4. 6 oz Canadian bacon cut into ¼-½" pieces
  5. 1 cup whole milk or ½&½
  6. ½ tsp onion powder
  7. ½ tsp vanilla
  8. ½ tsp nutmeg
  9. ½ tsp salt & pepper
  10. Vegetable oil spray or 2 Tbs soften butter
  11. Ingredients for Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
  12. 2 sticks unsalted butter melted and warm
  13. 3 egg yolks
  14. ½ tsp salt & pepper each
  15. juice of ½ a lemon = 1-2 Tbs appox.
  16. 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  17. pinch of paprika

Instructions

  1. Directions for Eggs Benedict Casserole
  2. Spray or butter a 3 cup (appox) Au gratin dish.
  3. Split and cut up the english muffins and cut into small cubes.
  4. Dice the Canadian bacon.
  5. In a bowl place the eggs, milk,onion powder, vanilla ,nutmeg, salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Sprinkle about ¼ of the bacon on the bottom of the dish, Then place ½ the English muffin in the dish and top with ½ the remaining Canadian bacon. Layer in the rest of the English muffin and top with the remaining bacon. Now pour the egg mixture over all and press lightly to insure all the muffin is in the batter.
  7. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to overnight.
  8. When ready to bake, place into a preheated 375º oven and bake in the center of the oven, covered for about 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for another 10- 15 minutes until the top bacon is cooked and the muffin is browning slightly.
  9. While the casserole is baking begin to prepare the Hollandaise.
  10. Directions for Blender Hollandaise
  11. Melt two sticks of butter and keep warm (not hot).
  12. Into a blender place the egg yolks the lemon juice, salt, pepper, Tabasco and paprika and blend for a few seconds to combine all.
  13. When the casserole is just about done, turn the blender on high and slowly add the warm butter until you have a thick pale yellow sauce. Pour sauce into a gravy boat and serve on the side.
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Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Pasta with Eggplant Bacon and Tomato
Pasta with Eggplant Bacon and Tomato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

I am always trying to think of new ways to serve up eggplant.  This pasta eggplant bacon & tomato is quick easy and the lesser time cooking doesn’t leave the eggplant so soft.  By prepping the vegetables first you can , depending on how fast your stove heats up water, cook it all in almost the same time.

 Ingredients for Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

  1. 1 large eggplant cubes into ½ inch pieces
  2. 2-14 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  3. 1 red pepper finely diced
  4. 3 cloves garlic diced
  5. 2 small shallots diced 
  6. ½ pound bacon diced
  7. 2-3 Tbs Olive oil
  8. 2 tsp hot pepper flakes ( optional)
  9. Salt & pepper to taste 
  10. Chopped parsley for garnish
  11. Pasta ( your choice)

Directions for Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Peel and cube the eggplant into ½ inch cubes.  Finely dice the red pepper.  Dice the garlic and shallot.  

Dice the bacon and on medium heat cook until the bacon is crisp.  Remove the bacon to a paper towel to drain and reserve the fat.

Add 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil to the bacon fat and bring up to a medium high heat.  Add the eggplant, pepper, garlic and shallot and cook for 5- 8 minutes until slightly softened.  Begin to heat the water for the pasta at the same time.

Add the crushed tomatoes, and pepper flakes to the sauce, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Cover and cook at a simmer until pasta is done about 10-15 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving one cup of pasta water.

If the sauce appears to be too thick add a little pasta water at a time until you have your desired consistency.

Portion out the pasta and cover with sauce.

Garnish with the reserved bacon bits and parsley, and serve grated Parmesan cheese on the side

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Cuisinart 633-30H Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Lid
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 11-Piece Knife Set with Block

 

 

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Again with the vegetables.  What could possibly be wrong with a juicy delicious MEATBALL!!!!

 

 

Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Ingredients

  1. 1 large eggplant cubes into ½ inch pieces
  2. 2-14 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  3. 1 red pepper finely diced
  4. 3 cloves garlic diced
  5. 2 small shallots diced
  6. ½ pound bacon diced
  7. 2-3 Tbs Olive oil
  8. 2 tsp hot pepper flakes ( optional)
  9. Salt & pepper to taste
  10. Chopped parsley for garnish
  11. Pasta ( your choice)

Instructions

  1. Peel and cube the eggplant into ½ inch cubes. Finely dice the red pepper. Dice the garlic and shallot.
  2. Dice the bacon and on medium heat cook until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel to drain and reserve the fat.
  3. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil to the bacon fat and bring up to a medium high heat. Add the eggplant, pepper, garlic and shallot and cook for 5- 8 minutes until slightly softened. Begin to heat the water for the pasta at the same time.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, and pepper flakes to the sauce, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  5. Cover and cook at a simmer until pasta is done about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Drain the pasta, reserving one cup of pasta water.
  7. If the sauce appears to be too thick add a little pasta water at a time until you have your desired consistency.
  8. Portion out the pasta and cover with sauce.
  9. Garnish with the reserved bacon bits and parsley, and serve grated Parmesan cheese on the side
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Eggs Blackstone

Eggs Blackstone
Eggs Blackstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggs Blackstone

Eggs Blackstone is an adaptation of Eggs Benedict, which has as many recipes do, a number of different origin stories.  About the only sure thing is that it was probably invented in New York City.

Eggs Blackstone works well for breakfast, brunch, light lunch or dinner. It can be served as a stand alone item or with any number of complimentary side dishes.

Ingredients for Eggs Blackstone

The ingredients in this recipe are per person so simply multiply the ingredients by the number of persons you are serving.  One recipe of Hollandaise sauce will serve about 4 persons.

Blender Hollandaise

I found this recipe years ago in the N.Y. Times Cook Book.  I changed it slightly but it still produces a delicious Hollandaise with very little effort.  The ingredients for this should be prepared in advance of poaching the eggs and made once the eggs are cooking.

  1. 3 Fresh Egg yolks
  2. 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
  3. ¼ tsp salt
  4. ¼ tsp. pepper
  5. 2-3 dashes of Tabasco
  6. 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  7. ½ tsp paprika
Directions for Blender Hollandaise

Place the butter in a small sauce pot and melt on medium to low heat once melted remove from heat and allow to cool slightly ( you do not want the butter to be too hot as if it is it will scramble the eggs when blended).

In a blender place the yolks, salt & pepper, Tabasco, lemon juice and paprika.  Pulse the blender a few times to mix the ingredients.   With the blender on medium speed add the butter in a constant stream until all is combined.  The sauce should be thick, not runny or watery.  Once the sauce is thickened you have the option of adding different ingredients to make a number of different sauces.  Do not add anything other than the basic ingredients to the “mother sauce” as doing so will break the sauce.

Ingredients for Eggs Blackstone
  1. 2 fresh whole eggs per person
  2. 1 toasted english muffin halved
  3. 2 thick slices of tomato lightly salted
  4. 1-2 slices of bacon well done cut in half
  5. Saute pan with about 2 inches of water lightly salted and with 1 Tbs white vinegar added
Directions for Eggs Blackstone

Take the slices of bacon cut in half and cook to your desired amount of doneness.  Place on a paper towel to drain

Cut the tomato into ¼ inch or thicker slices and lightly salt.

In a saute pan with the salt and vinegar, bring the water up to a boil and then reduce to a slow simmer.

Place the eggs one at a time in a small cup or bowl and with the lip of the cup just touching the water pour the eggs into the water. allow to cook for 3- 5 minutes until the whites are set and the yolks still slightly runny*.

Once you begin to poach the eggs, finish the Hollandaise and reserve to a gravy boat or warm bowl.

Place the English muffin halves on a plate, place a tomato slice on top of each half.  Place 2-3 pieces of bacon on top of the tomato.  

Remove the poached eggs from the water pat dry with a paper towel and place on top of the bacon.  Spoon the Hollandaise over all and serve.

*  You can prepare the eggs in advance, once done place into a bowl of iced water to stop the cooking and then into a pan of warm water to hold until serving.  Just place back into simmering water for a minute to bring back up to heat before assembly.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Oster 6706 6-Cup 450-Watt, 10-Speed Blender, Black
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 4-cup Egg Poacher with Cover
Wolfman’s Muffin Master English Muffin Splitting Tool

 

 

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A nice english muffin, a nicer egg, an even nicer eggy sauce, some sort of red thing, and BACON!!!!!, I howl with delight for anything BACON!!! This one gets 5 paws for sure!

 

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