Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

The Menu:
Ham & Swiss Quiche
French Toast Casserole
Fruit Salad
Sausage & Cheese Biscuits
Orange Juice, Coffee, Iced Water with Lemon
Ham & Swiss Quiche
1 pie crust
5-6 slices of Swiss cheese
3/4 cup chopped smoked ham (cut 1/4 inch thick)
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
pinch of salt and black pepper
*This recipe is to be made in a traditional tart pan. You will have to adjust (by adding more ingredients, obviously) for a pie dish or a deep dish tart pan.
Press the pie crust into the tart pan. Using a fork, poke holes into the bottom of the crust. Cover with aluminum foil, and fill with dry beans to prevent the crust from rising or shrinking. Bake in a preheated 400* oven for 10 minutes. The crust will not be fully-cooked.
Remove the beans and foil, and line the bottom of the pie crust with slices of Swiss cheese. Top with ham, green onions, and mushrooms.
In a separate bowl, stir together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, and pour over the rest of the ingredients. Fill to within 1/8 inch of the top of the tart pan, and discard the remainder.
Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes.
French Toast Casserole
I followed the recipe found here. When I mixed the custard, I added 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. I also used maple-flavored syrup and not maple syrup, and I think it turned out just fine.
Fruit Salad
Combine chopped cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the fruit and let marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Serve cold.
Sausage & Cheese Biscuits:
1/2 lb browned breakfast sausage (I used maple-flavored)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 1/4 cup Biscuick mix
3/4 cup milk
Mix Bisquick mix and milk until combined. Do not overmix. Add sausage, cheese, and onions, and stir. Drop spoonfuls onto an ungreased, parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 400* for 10 minutes (or until lightly browned).

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