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Breakfast Trifle

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Scrambling your eggs fast over medium-high heat, I thought, was the correct way to scrambled eggs. I have to tell you, that’s not the right way to make fluffy scrambled eggs. Low and slow is how you want to cook your scrambled eggs. I don’t know much about the science but I can tell you the proteins in the eggs seem to love a slower process when being scrambled.

After you try my method I think you’ll agree, that cooking eggs the right way makes a huge difference in the texture and taste of your eggs.

Let’s step back a little, what’s my favorite meal of the day? That’s easy its breakfast. I love having all my favorite breakfast ingredients either in a Frittata or even casserole-style where everything is layered. Then I thought, how about in a large glass stemmed trifle bowl where I could just stare in amazement at its colorful beauty. My Breakfast Trifle is the answer.

I wanted to bring a few of my recipes together to make this Breakfast Trifle. One is my Homestyle Fried Potatoes, second is my Perfect Scrambled Eggs, and third my Pico de Gallo.

I’m combining three of my recipes to go along with the flavors of a Tex-Mex style turkey sausage seasoned with my Fajita Spice Blend. The bold flavors of these spices compliment the other ingredients perfectly. I’ve posted all the ingredients below you’ll need to make this Breakfast Trifle.  I’ve also attached links for complete directions to each recipe.

Jennie-O Turkey Sausage

Olive Oil

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Fajita Spice Blend

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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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Pico de Gallo Two Ways (12)

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Prep Time: 30 minutes (includes making Pico de Gallo)
Cook Time: 45 minutes (includes scrambling the eggs, plus 5 minutes to assemble the dish)
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) cast-iron Skillet, 1 (12-inch) non-stick sauté pan, rubber spatula, stemmed trifle bowl

Tip: Make the Pico de Gallo first, transfer to a bowl, cover, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

Ingredients For Fajita Spice Blend:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Directions For Fajita Spice Blend:
In a small mixing bowl add all the ingredients from the Fajita spice blend ingredient list, mix to combine. Store in an air-tight container in a cool dry place.

Ingredients For Turkey Breakfast Sausage:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound (16-ounce Chub) Jennie-O ground turkey sausage, mild
2 tablespoons fajita spice blend
2 tablespoons of garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup of chicken stock, unsalted
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients For Homestyle Fried Potatoes:
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 large red onion, finely diced
6 cups of red potatoes, 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup multi-color mini sweet bell peppers, finely diced
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 tablespoons fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, minced

Directions For Homestyle Fried Potatoes:
Click on the link below.

Ingredients For Perfect Scrambled Eggs:
1 dozen large eggs (cage-free)
1/4 cup of half-and-half (substitute heavy cream or whole milk is fine)
8-ounces Colby Jack cheese, grated, reserve back 4-ounces to place between layers (or 1/2 cup of any grated cheese you choose)
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions For Perfect Scrambled Eggs:
Click on the link below.

Ingredients For Pico de Gallo:
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced (substitute jalapeno)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

Directions: For Pico de Gallo Two Ways:
Click on the link below.

Ingredients For Fajita Seasoning Blend:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon  ground cumin

Directions For Fajita Seasoning Blend:
In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container for future use.

Directions:
A Great Tip:  Have all the vegetables prepped and the spices measured out (refer to the pictures) and set on a plate before beginning these recipes. Setting yourself up before you begin makes a BIG difference. Brown the turkey sausage and cook the potatoes at the same time.

In a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the ground turkey sausage. Start breaking up the sausage with the back of a wooden spoon.

Add Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and fajita seasoning blend, stir to combine. As the turkey sausage starts to brown, add the diced onions and minced garlic. Continue stirring and cooking the sausage and onion mixture.

Once the sausage is completely browned and onions are nicely caramelized about 15 to 20 minutes, (internal temperature is 165-degrees F.) then add 1/4 cup of unsalted chicken broth to *deglaze the pan. Use the back of a wooden spoon to scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan and allow the liquid to completely evaporate another 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon transfer the turkey sausage to a bowl, cover, and set aside.

Follow the directions from the link below for cooking the potatoes. Once the potatoes are done transfer them to a bowl and set aside.

Note: Times and heat may vary slightly on different stovetops, keep a close eye on the potatoes so they don’t burn.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the scrambled eggs.

Use the same sautépan the potatoes were cooked in.

Follow the directions from the link below for making the scrambled eggs. Once the scrambled eggs are ready, it’s time to assemble this dish.

The first layer, start with turkey sausage, then the cheese, next, the eggs, the potatoes with the sweet peppers, and finally the Pico de Gallo. Repeat this process until the bowl is full. This dish is great for entertaining. A perfect centerpiece for your next brunch. There you have it my Breakfast Trifle.

*deglaze: To dilute meat sediments in the bottom of a pan in order to make a sauce or gravy, typically a wine.

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Pico de Gallo-Two Ways

Homestyle Fried Potatoes

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Fajita Frittata Muffins

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My grandmother taught me you can always recreate a new dish, using your leftovers to make a Frittata.

I’d made my Fajita Chicken Wrapped In Braided Puff Pastry the night before and the leftover filling I thought would work perfectly in a Frittata. Then I saw my jumbo muffin pan and that’s how my Fajita Frittata Muffins came to be. It would be great to serve for brunch or to take on a picnic.

All I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to experiment. If you have leftovers and you’re not sure what to do with them make a Frittata.

Instead of making one large frittata, I made individual muffin-style frittatas.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 12 Jumbo Frittata Muffins
Equipment: 2 jumbo muffin pans (capacity 6-cup jumbo muffin pans)

Ingredients:
3 cups of leftover chicken fajita filling
12 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (reserve 1/4 cup for top)
cilantro, garnish

Ingredients For Fajita Seasoning:
8 teaspoons of chili powder
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
4 teaspoons of Kosher salt
4 teaspoons of smoked paprika
4 teaspoons of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of onion powder
4 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of ground cumin

Note: Recipe yields approx. 2 1/2 cups of Fajita seasoning.
Note: 2 tablespoons of Fajita seasoning per pound of meat.

Directions For Fajita Seasoning:
In a medium-size mixing bowl add all the ingredients from the above spice list, mix to combine. Store in an air-tight container, in a cool dry place.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Lightly spray a 6 cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs. Add the leftover chicken fajita mixture, 1/4 cup of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese and combine.

Fill each muffin cups halfway with the frittata mixture. Sprinkle the reserved shredded cheese on top. Bake until the eggs are just set, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the Fajita Frittata Muffins to cool for 10 minutes before running a rubber spatula around the outside of each one to ensure easy removal.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Note: In an airtight container or plastic zip-lock baggie you can store these muffins up to 4 days.

Braided Puff Pastry Filled With Chicken Fajita

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Pumpkin And Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

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Sorry that it took me so long to get back here to finish up this recipe.  There’s just so much to do before Melissa gets here in the morning.

It’s my favorite time of year, Fall, so I’m making a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast for brunch today.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: around 4 minutes per side per french toast (all at the same time about 8 minutes)
Total Time: 48 to 50 minutes
Yields: 4 stuffed french toast sandwiches
Equipment: griddle pan or 1 (12-inch) sauté pan, 2 mixing bowls, 1 small mixing bowl, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan

Pumpkin Spice Blend:
1/3 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
Tip: Store spice blend in an airtight container in a cool dry place for future use.

*Compound Butter:
1/2 stick butter, unsalted and room temperature
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Ingredients For Custard:
1 loaf of Brioche, 1 1/2-inch slice, yields 8 slices
6 large eggs, (cage-free)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ingredients For Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (8-ounce) bar cream cheese, room temperature (substitute Mascarpone cheese)
1 (15-ounce) can of pure pumpkin purée
1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin spice
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 tablespoons of butter, unsalted, plus 1 tablespoon of butter per French toast.
powdered sugar for garnish
candied pecans for garnish

Directions:
Start by making the custard. In a large mixing bowl, break the eggs, add heavy cream, ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, whisk until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer bowl into the refrigerator.

For the filling, in a large mixing bowl add room temperature cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, whisk to combine. To the cream cheese mixture, add canned pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice blend, mix until completely combined.

Lay on a flat surface, 4 slices of the Brioche. Spread the filling evenly and equally over each slice. Place the tops on the bread. Place the 4 stuffed French toast sandwiches onto a baking sheet. Cover tightly with plastic wrap (to stay fresh) and transfer to the frig.

For the *compound butter, add softened butter to a small bowl. Add ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, mix to combine. Using a rubber spatula, transfer the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the butter up tightly and twist the ends as seen above. The other option is to leave the butter in the bowl and use a scooping method instead.

Note: Everything above can be done in advance.

Preheat griddle pan or large sautépan on medium-low heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter per french toast.

Working in batches, dip each stuffed french toast into the custard batter. Let each side soak for 10 to 15 seconds. Add the soaked french toast to the sizzling butter in the pan/griddle. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar, a scoop of cinnamon sugar butter, and candied pecans.

*Compound Butter is made by whipping butter together with additional elements, such as herbs, spices or aromatic liquids. The butter is usually reformed, usually in plastic wrap, parchment paper,  or a small bowl. Chill until firm enough to be sliced or if in a bowl by using a small scoop.

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