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An Egg-ceptional Start To The New Year!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….a more meaningful start to the New Year! Whether you ring in the New Year in Times Square or in the privacy of your own home, why not kick off January 1st with a gorgeous and delicious meal? There is nothing better than lounging around in your pajamas, enjoying the day with your family. I like to make our time together special; setting the table with linens and cloth napkins, candles, stemware and china. Rather than serve something ordinary, I like to take it up a few notches, serving a beautiful brunch.

I am a huge fan of the Egg Casserole; in fact, I just made my husband, Chuck’s, favorite one on Christmas morning. To welcome in the New Year however, I love a hearty meal that can be served for breakfast (who could possibly be up that early?), brunch or dinner; the Croque-Madame. Doesn’t that sound impressive? In essence, it’s a very fancy-schmancy grilled cheese sandwich, topped with a very tasty fried egg.

This is the most amazing recipe and the sandwich is going to absolutely melt in your mouth. While I’m all about a fabulous meal, my first consideration is for the safety of my family. This recipe calls for the fried egg to be just set, still a little bit runny. It tastes amazing, but I’d hate to run the risk of exposing my family to salmonella. Who wants a run to the Emergency Room when there is more fun to be had? That is why I used Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs.

Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs

 

 Croque-Madame:

Serves 4

Sauce ingredients

Sauce:

1 stick of butter

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

2 cups of whole milk

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

1/3 cup of shredded cheese, something that melts nicely. I used a sharp cheddar

Sandwich:

 

Sandwich Ingredients

 

8 slices of sandwich bread

5 tsp Dijon Mustard

10 slices of cooked Canadian bacon (or ham)

4 large eggs

Sauce:

The sauce becomes luscious and thick. It’s so good; you could eat it with a spoon!

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt;

4 Tbsp butter

 

Whisk in;

3 Tbsp flour

Whisking continually for 3 minutes

Add;

 

2 cups of milk

Whisk and bring to a boil

Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes

Add;

 

Salt

Pepper

Nutmeg

Cheese

Whisk until cheese is thoroughly melted

 

Remove from the heat and immediately cover with a piece of wax paper

Sandwiches:

Pre-heat oven to broil

Lay out all 8 slices of bread

On four, spread;

2 Tbsp of sauce

Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese, ¼ cup per slice

On the remaining 4 pieces, spread;

5 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 ¼ tsp on each slice

Top each slice of bread with 2 pieces of Canadian bacon

Flip Dijon mustard and Canadian bacon slice of bread onto the sauce and cheese slice to make a sandwich

In a skillet, melt;

2 Tbsp of butter

Once foamy and melted, place sandwich in skillet for 1-2 minutes

 

Adding another Tbsp of butter if necessary, flip sandwiches over for another 1-2 minutes

Remove from skillet, and place on a greased pan (I like to line mine with aluminum foil for easier clean up)

Top each sandwich with;

1/3 cup of sauce

Broil sandwich for 3-4 minutes, at least 6 inches form the heat, until the sauce is bubbly and golden

 

Keep warm

Wipe out skillet

Add;

1 tsp of butter for every two eggs fried, over medium heat

 

Break Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs into skillet

Sprinkle with;

Salt

Pepper

Cook for 3 minutes, or until yolks are just set, and likely still runny

 

Carefully remove from skillet and place one fried egg on each sandwich

It would be lovely to accompany the egg sandwich with a light, mixed green salad and some fresh fruit

Light Salad Dressing;

Serves 4

In a small bowl, whisk together;

1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

3 Tbsp oil

Toss onto 4-6 cups of mixed tender greens

Top with a soft crumbled cheese, such as feta or goat cheese

Fresh Fruit;

Mixed berries, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are lovely

 

 

The evening before, I like to set my table. I chose a warm golden hue, with a variety of textures; velvet, basket weave, damask and bamboo. The juxtaposition creates an interesting arrangement.

 

All that’s left now is to plate, serve and enjoy.

More delicious meals, more family time, more fresh starts…..

I’m so excited to be working with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Shell Eggs. I’m a Chicago girl and I love that they are a Chicago area company. Their message promotes educating the public on the importance of serving our families safe eggs, and I’m all about making more healthy and safe meals for my family. 

To join in the fun, you should totally consider entering their Eggs Your Way recipe contest http://www.safeeggs.com/consumers/recipes/

I hope you’ll have an opportunity to try Safest Choice™. Why not get a coupon by liking them on their Facebook page?

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Egg-Ceptional Croque-Madame With Lightly Dressed Greens and Fresh Fruit 

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Early Hockey Mornings Mean Tasty Breakfasts!


As the More is More Mom®, I am all about….more early mornings! Well, seriously, who wants to be about that? These first few weeks we’ve eased back into the school year, what with Amanda and her stress fracture limiting her hours at the gym and Nick only juggling golf and, oh what’s that other thing called again? School? Yes, that’s it. Monday morning, however, was a rude awakening….

 

We are a hockey family, one of the few things I have in common with Sarah Palin, though I have been know to go rogue at TJ Maxx. You see, this is how it works; the little Mite Hockey Players get the 5:50am time slot on Sunday mornings (Heaven forbid a family sleeps in on the weekend) and the High Schooler’s don’t see the ice until 9:10pm on a school night. Everyone knows that.  So, imagine our surprise last year to find that our new hockey coaches love 6am practice…on a weekday. A Monday no less!

I actually don’t have a problem with that. The way I see it is; the more you practice, the better you get. And really, what’s the difference? Morning? Noon? Night? No matter what, you have to wake up eventually, so you may as well get a move on. The beauty of the before High School practice is that your hockey player then has the remainder of the day to devote himself to his…….studies. Yay!

My poor Nick. These first few Monday mornings will be brutal; hockey practice before school at 6am, that pesky little thing known as school, then golf practices and tournaments. Yikes!  I seriously don’t know how this kid keeps his eyeballs open. I need toothpicks just thinking about it! These mornings are a total fire drill. Get hockey equipment and golf clubs in the car. Pack up the back pack (the night before, please!), bring a towel, shampoo, soap, shower shoes, under garments, shirt and tie (school uniform), belt and school shoes. He needs breakfast, lunch and a snack packed.

The old alarm clock chimes for me at 4:30am. With such a long day ahead, after I pack his lunch, the very least I can do is make Nick a great breakfast (we call that the Crown Prince Syndrome!). I suppose I could send him through the Mc Donald’s drive through, but what would be special about that? My guy likes an English muffin, egg and sausage sandwich, and who wouldn’t?

Sausage, Egg, and English Muffin Sandwich:

So simple!

In a ramekin:

Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Break;

one egg

Pour in;

Splash of milk, salt and pepper

Whisk together.

Place in microwave with ramekin covered with paper towel, for 90 seconds.

Remove and set aside.

Toast, then butter, an English muffin.

On a platter, warm up a pre-cooked Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage patty, in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Assemble; buttered English muffin, cooked egg, sausage patty and wrap in wax paper (for authenticity), and you’ve got yourself a warm and hearty breakfast sandwich. What better way to start the day then with a meal made with more love….

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