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Ham & Cheese “Souffle”…It’s What’s for Brinner

I had the pleasure of being invited to host an Eggland’s Best “Brinner” the other night. I’m certain that you’ve heard of Eggland’s Best Eggs but you may be asking yourself “what in the world is a “Brinner”?  A Brinner is breakfast for dinner…brinner. Get it? Clever isn’t it? Wish I could take credit for the clever term however, I cannot.

I mean who doesn’t just love breakfast for dinner?

My nephew Fritz sure does…

If that doesn’t say happy camper than I don’t know what does.

I decided that the perfect scene for our Brinner would be our dining room.

The evening began with family and friends gathering around the table to enjoy each other and a delicious meal.

Henry couldn’t wait to dig in.

There were cousins full of fun and mischief,

followed by tender moments,

that turned into,

tickle fingers,

and uncontrollable giggles and grins.

There were precious moments.

Followed by million dollar smiles,

and delightful conversation,

while dining on fabulous food.

It was a night to remember.

Even Oakley wanted to join in on the fun.

Unfortunately, he was told that Brinner is for humans.

So he curled up at our feet in defeat instead.

I decided to make a cheese and ham “souffle” that my mother in law has made for years. It. Is. To. Die. For. Heavy on the calories mind you, but the perfect hearty dish to serve for a Brinner. We’ve also had much debate on whether or not this delish dish is actually a souffle or not. But for the sake of many years or it being referred to as such, I have chosen to keep the name.

The star of the dish is of course our Eggland’s Best Eggs.

We just love eggs at our house. They are delicious, nutritious and pocketbook friendly. What’s not to love?

Here’s how I make this delectable dish.

The recipe begins with the crust.

Melt *ahem* 1 1/4 sticks of butter (I told you it wasn’t calorie friendly) and pour it into a casserole dish.

Next add 4 ounces of Feta (because everything is betta with feta) and a half cup of Parmesan cheese and mix with a fork.

Once incorporated add 8 Tablespoons of flour one Tablespoon at a time.

Pat the crust with a fork until even, cover the dish and let it sit on the counter for an hour. I do realize that this sounds like a strange request, but my mother in law said to do it, so I did and it turned out to be incredible. So now I’m telling you to do it too.

Trust me.

After an hour cut some honey baked ham into rectangles.

Cover the entire crust with one layer of the ham. Then place Swiss cheese in a single layer on top of the ham.

I know. Decadent, right? But so worth it my friends. So worth it.

Now it’s finally time for the eggs. Crack 7 Eggland’s Best Eggs into a bowl (make sure that there isn’t any shell left behind)

beat the eggs until they are mixed together.

Continue beating as you pour in heavy cream…

this is a rich, creamy heavenly dish y’all. And no I’m not from the south but it just seemed appropriate to say y’all.

Place into a pre-heated 350º oven for 45 minutes until golden brown on top and a fork comes out clean.

It’s heaven in a dish.

I served mine with a mescaline mix salad and rolls. Really, this dish doesn’t need much as a side, a fruit salad would pair nicely as well.

And there you have it!

Brinner.

I highly recommend it. You should try it. You’ll love it.

Wenderly

Disclamer: I was not compensated to do this post. Eggland’s Best sent me a Brinner Box and paid for the groceries that were enjoyed for the brinner.  And as always, my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

We have a WINNER!

A big thanks to all who joined in the fun and to the nice folks at Eggland’s Best Eggs!

Congratulations to Star who said…

Yum!! Looks delicious! And such a handsome family too!!! I might do a brinner at my house, I feel inspired! I think I’d make creme brulee french toast…it’s been on my list for a while.

Star I will be contacting you with details!

Happy Brinner!

A Giveaway! ****Closed*****

The nice folks at Eggland’s Best sent me this fun “Brinner Box” to help me out while participating in this fun event and they are also offering one as a giveaway for one lucky reader.

The Brinner Box will include:
* 2 Free EB Dozen coupons (Any variety- classic, cage-free, or organic)
* 1 Free EB Hard Cooked and Peeled variety coupon
* 4 EB ramekins
*  1 EB apron
* 1 EB whisk
* 1 EB spatula
* 1 EB egg timer
* 1 EB eco bag
* 1 EB plush egg

Just leave me a comment below telling me what YOU would serve at Brinner and you are entered to win.

Giveaway starts today Tuesday June 21, 20011 and will end Friday June 24, 2011 at noon. One person will be randomly selected and will be announced sometime Friday.

Here’s the recipe:

Ham & Cheese Souffle

Adapted from my mother in law

(serves 8-10)

Here’s what you’ll need for the crust:

1 1/4 sticks salted butter (melted)
4 ounces feta (crumbled)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
8 Tablespoons flour

How to make the crust:

Melt the butter and pour into casserole dish. Add feta and Parmesan mix with a fork until incorporated. Add flour one tablespoon at a time mixing between each addition. Pat mixture flat with fork. Cover and set aside on counter for one hour.

Here’s what you’ll need for the souffle:

7 eggs
6 ounces of thinly sliced honey baked ham (cut into rectangles)
4 ounces of sliced Swiss cheese
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Place ham rectangles in one layer on top of crust. Then layer Swiss cheese on top of ham. Beat eggs until incorporated in a bowl. Slowly pour heavy whipping cream into eggs while continually whipping the mixture.  Pour egg and cream mixture over top of crust, ham and Swiss cheese. Bake at 350º uncovered for 45 minutes until golden brown and a fork comes out clean.

Serve and enjoy your Brinner!

 

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Patriotic Watermelon & Feta Flag

I love the 4th of July! I love everything about it. The parade, the picnics, the friends and family, the fireworks. What I don’t like is rushing around worrying about what I can make for all of the festivities! Last year as I was planning and plotting about what dishes to make for the holiday packed with picnics and parties the thought occurred to me…

Does it really have to be this difficult?

No.

I heard myself say out loud.

Thank goodness this “self discussion” was going on in the comfort of my own home and not in the middle of my local grocery store is all I have to say.

Not only did I talk to myself out loud, I’m quite certain that I clapped & jumped with glee over the idea of a watermelon feta flag as it popped into my head. And blueberries! Don’t forget the blueberries! We just went to Berryfield Farms and picked blueberries so this year my flag will be embellished with delicious, fresh off the bush, blueberries!

I adore watermelon and feta. Have you ever tried it? Sweet & salty, creamy & juicy. The flavors compliment one another in a way that will make your mouth sing (or maybe even talk out loud).

My Yanni introduced me to this decadent duo years ago while on our honeymoon in Greece. And you know what they say,”when in Greece…” so I gave in and instantly fell in love!

These are the fresh and gorgeous ingredients.

Watermelon, feta and blueberries.

I just love the colors and textures together.

Next you’ll need a platter, preferably a rectangle but an oval would work too and a small bowl.

Pour the blueberries into the bowl and place at the top left corner for the stars.

Next, slice your feta because feta makes everything “betta” (at least that’s what I think).

Cut the slices into cubes.

I used one 8oz square of feta.

Don’t ya just want to pop one in your mouth?

I did…………………………………..(don’t tell anyone)!

Next, the watermelon. I used half of a seedless watermelon. As a far as quantity goes for this recipe, it depends on the size of the platter you use. It’s always better to have to0 much than too little because my family is always lurking about ready to dive in, therefore the extras come in handy (don’t mess with mama’s stars & stripes).

It’s all about the stars & stripes when making a watermelon feta flag ya know.

So cut your watermelon into slices.

Trim off the rind.

Cut the watermelon int to strips.

And finally cubes.

Now grab a platter with bowl of blueberries,

and place the watermelon and feta into pretty rows starting with the watermelon until you fill the platter!

Now don’t forget cute little toothpicks for easy not to mention healthy handling of the goods!

And that is my easy peasy patriotic no hassel 4th of July watermelon feta flag!

Hope you enjoy a lovely holiday weekend!

Wenderly

Here’s the easy peasy recipe:

Patriotic watermelon & Feta Flag
 
A sweet & salty refreshingly delightful treat!
Ingredients
  • Half of a seedless watermelon
  • 8 ounces of feta cheese
  • 1 pint of blueberries
Instructions
  1. Cut and cube half of a seedless watermelon.
  2. Cube 8 ounces of feta.
  3. Rinse off 1 pint of fresh blueberries.
  4. Pour blueberries into a bowl, preferably square and place in the top left corner of a rectangle (or oval) platter.
  5. Assemble watermelon and feta into rows, starting with the watermelon.
 
Notes
Serve with a side of toothpicks for easy and healthy handling of the food.