They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but realistically, often we don't have the time to make an elaborate meal at breakfast. Sometimes, it is just a miracle to be able to grab some oatmeal, a yogurt and some fruit ~ usually, a banana on the run.
So, it is always a delight when we get to prepare and serve a memorable breakfast or even better, brunch! I have read that brunch is more of a movement versus a trend. It is certainly about the food, but also presentation, location and the company you serve. So, be part of the movement!
There are many recipes, but I often like to start with a quiche or strata and then build my varied menu around it. The two recipes below are tried and true begining with the Mushroom Crusted Quiche, perfect for the mushroom lovers. Feel free to experiment with different types of mushrooms too. The Egg Sausage Strata is perfect for those that have a taste for our famous Wisconsin sausage and cheese and is easy to make the night before and refrigerate. This will give you more time in the morning to get the rest of your breakfast/brunch menu completed. Enjoy!
Mushroom Crusted Quiche
Recipe by Hidden Serenity B&B, West Bend:
5 Tbsp butter, divided
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup finely crushed saltine crackers
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
2 cups shredded baby Swiss cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat; add mushrooms and cook until limp. Stir in crushed crackers. Turn mixture into well-greased 9-inch pie pan, pressing mixture evenly over pan bottom and up sides. In same skillet, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat, add onion and cook until transparent. Spread onions over mushroom crust, and then sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese. In a food processor or blender, whirl cottage cheese, eggs and cayenne pepper until smooth. Pour mixture into crust and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Egg Sausage Strata
Recipe by Dreams of Yesteryear, Stevens Point:
8 eggs, slightly beaten
6 slices bread
2 cups milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage
1 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Cook sausage in pan and drain. Combine eggs, milk, cheese, sausage, salt and mustard. Spray 9 x 12 inch pan with cooking spray. Cover bottom of pan with bread slices and pour mixture over bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm. Can make the night before and refrigerate.
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