There's some she likes - the veggies burgers from Hilary's, that she cooks up and makes a sandwich with Dave's Killer Bread. She discovered Dave's bread when visiting her family out West (they literally put "Dave's" on the grocery list rather than "bread") and was so happy to find it in Illinois and Indiana where lives and works. So now Mom belongs to the "Breadhead Nation". Check out their products at the link below.
in Chicagoland, that sells them hot for a quick lunch as well as frozen to take home and cook (seriously good)
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Empanada.
So when she saw this Stouffer's one, she thought this would be good, a whole plate of turkey with fluffy stuffing with chunks of celery and onion. She likes their mac and cheese. We LOVE stuffing. It looked decent for a frozen dinner and the box was sure big. It's Stouffer's, right?
Mom says it looks like the cat threw up on her plate, probably after it ate the reconstituted potato flakes mixed with Fresno, California tap water.
That's not going to cut it for Weekend Brunch.
Stuff and Puff Breakfast Casserole.
It's kind so a cross between a souffle and a strata but boy was it good!
Whisk in a bowl.
5 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
In a pan, saute until warm, a couple of cups of cooked ham (or your favorite protein) with a couple teaspoons of butter and about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Penzey's Ozark seasoning (or or favorite blended seasoning such as Old Bay).
Chop two cups of of diced veggies (Mom used chopped frozen broccoli which she nuked just long enough to thaw and a Tablespoon of finely chopped leftover fresh red pepper.)
Mix ham with veggies and egg/milk mixture. Stir in (straight from the box)
1 box Sage "stove top" style stuffing mix.
Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cups cheddar. Bake at 375 in deep casserole dish for one hour covered . Remove lid, sprinkle with about another half cup cheese and bake 5 minutes longer, until cheese is melted.
Mom has made it as well with the veggie breakfast sausage patties, mushrooms and onion, cornbread stuffing and smoked cheddar when we do some of our regular meat free meals.
Is it done yet?
Pair it with some popovers or some more Dave's bread. If you've never had a popover, you will want to go out and buy your own deep pan to make them once you do. Hollowed from the steam that makes them rise so tall, they are crisp/tender on the outside and soft and eggy on the inside. They are a treat. Pair one of those with your casserole and some fruit you have a brunch that is not only filling, it's recognizable as actual food. (You'd think Mom would know better to buy something in a box that wasn't dog treats).
- Your Saturday food critic Abby Lab