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The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

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There’s a technique believe it or not to making Perfect Scrambled Eggs.

Years ago, Melissa and I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom and ate breakfast at their famous, Boma-Flavors of Africa, Breakfast Buffet. They are known for their scrambled eggs so, of course, I tried them. They were the most amazing scrambled eggs I’d ever had. The eggs were fluffy, but cooked through, and filled with goat cheese and chives. That’s when I made the decision to practice making scrambled eggs at home.

Beating the eggs for a longer amount of time and then cooking them low and slow is key to making the perfect scrambled eggs. The longer they’re over the heat will determine how you want your eggs to be cooked. Soft and fluffy will take less time than compared to dryer more well done scrambled eggs.

To see more of my video recipes, search Always Home Cooked on YouTube.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes (whisking the eggs is included in this time)
Cook Time: approx 10 minutes.
Total Time: approx 15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch non-stick sautèpan, large mixing bowl, whisk

Ingredients:
1 dozen large eggs (cage-free)
1/4 cup of half-and-half (substitute heavy cream or whole milk is fine)
1/4 cup of whipped cream cheese, room temperature (substitute 4 ounces of goat cheese, 4 ounces of feta cheese, 4 ounces of Queso fresco,  or 1/2 cup your choice of freshly grated cheese)
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, half and half, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper together. Whisk for at least 5 minutes, allowing as much air as possible to be incorporated into the eggs. You want to see foam bubbles forming at the top of the egg mixture.

Preheat a 12-inch sautépan on medium heat. Once the egg mixture is ready to go, turn the heat down to medium-low. Continue whisking the eggs allowing the temperature of the burner to adjust. Add the egg mixture to the pan. As the eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs across the pan, using a rubber spatula, forming large soft curds, continue cooking-pulling, lifting and folding the eggs, until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains.

Do Not rush this process, times may vary slightly, approx.10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat before folding in the cream cheese (goat cheese or feta) and fresh chives. Season with a light sprinkling of Kosher salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the eggs to a serving bowl. Best served hot!

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Turkey Sausage Breakfast Burritos

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What could be better than all your favorite breakfast foods wrapped up in a tortilla? I’d have to say I can’t think of anything I love more than my Turkey Sausage Breakfast Burritos.

The one great thing about turkey sausage is that it’s a blank canvas for any spices you like. You can take turkey sausage and go crazy with the flavor profile of your choice.

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Jennie-O Turkey Sausage

Fajita Spice Blend

Fajita Seasoning Blend

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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

Local Florida Heirloom Tomatoes

Cilantro

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes.
Inactive Cook Time: 15 minutes (wrapping the burritos)
Pressing Tortillas: 12 to 16 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 16 minutes
Yields: 8 Burritos
Equipment: 2 (12-inch) sauté pans, non-stick cooking spray, cast-iron grill-press

Ingredients:
1 pound (16-ounce chub) ground turkey sausage
1  small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper diced
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 package of store-bought Simply Potatoes, diced potatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, unsalted, drained, and rinsed
1 1/2 cups thawed frozen corn
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons of fajita seasoning blend (substitute store-bought)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chicken stock, unsalted
1 package of Mission large flour tortillas (8 ct.)

Perfect Scrambles Eggs: (link below)
1 dozen eggs, scrambled
1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese (or favorite cheese)
2 tablespoon fresh chives, minced

Pico de Gallo:
1 pint of red grape tomatoes, halved
1 pint of yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro

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

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

Directions:
Start by draining and rinsing the black beans. Mix the beans together with the thawed corn, transfer to a bowl. Set aside. Next, dice the onion, red bell pepper, and mince the garlic.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the diced onion and diced red bell pepper. After the peppers and onions soften, about 10 minutes, add the minced garlic and stir through. At this point, add the butter and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the butter melts add the diced potatoes.

Stir to coat the potatoes, peppers, and onions with butter. Let cook only turning every 5 minutes. Allow the potatoes to get a nice crispy exterior before turning. Resist from constant stirring, cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat, add the fresh chopped Italian parsley, and stir. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl, cover, and set aside.

In another large sautépan, on medium-high heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and turkey sausage. Start breaking up the sausage with the back of a wooden spoon.

Add the minced garlic, paprika, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and fajita seasoning blend, stir to combine. Continue to stir the sausage. Once the meat is completely browned and nicely caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes (or using an instant-read thermometer the until internal temperature is 165-degrees F.), then add 1/4 cup of unsalted chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Use the back of the 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.

While browning the turkey sausage is cooking in a separate bowl add halved grape tomatoes, Kosher salt, black pepper, and chopped cilantro, mix to combine and set aside.

Next is to make the scrambled eggs. To get my recipe for Perfect Scrambled Eggs just click on the link below. Once the eggs are scrambled, 10 minutes, remove from the heat before adding the shredded Coby Jack cheese and chives, stir to combine. Transfer the scrambled eggs to a bowl, cover, and set aside.

Before you can wrap a burrito the best way to do that is to start with a warm tortilla. Place 2 to 3 tortilla on a plate at a time. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

To assemble the burritos, lay a warm tortilla out on a flat surface. Fill the bottom third of the tortilla with 2 tablespoons of each ingredient. Pull the bottom half of the burrito over to meet the top half then pull the tortilla back. Next, fold one side in then the other side. With both ends tightly folded, tightly roll the tortilla until you have a perfect burrito.

Once all the burritos have been filled and wrapped it’s time to press them. Start with a preheated large sauté pan over medium heat. Coat the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the burrito into the hot pan. Place a grill press on top, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Press the burritos in batches of two. There you have it my Turkey Sausage Breakfast Burritos.

Serve hot. I like to garnish the plate using ingredients from inside the burrito.

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

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Breakfast Trifle

 

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When you want to serve all your favorite breakfast foods and really impress your guests, my Breakfast Trifle says WOW!

My Breakfast Trifle is layered with my Perfect Scrambled Eggs, turkey sausage flavored with a fajita spice blend, Pico de Gallo, Colby Jack cheese, and Homestyle Fried Potatoes. The cool thing about a trifle is they can be savory or sweet.

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Pico de Gallo-Two Ways

Homestyle Fried Potatoes

Breakfast Trifle

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