Friday, March 18, 2011

Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake

Brunch? Mix up breakfast favorites of bacon and hash browns in a make-ahead egg bake.

1 lb bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup milk
12 eggs
1 package (2 lb) frozen hash browns, thawed
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 oz)

1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Using slotted spoon. Remove from pan to small bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Drain drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in pan. Add onion, bell pepper and mushrooms; cook 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in mustard, salt and pepper. In large bowl, beat milk and eggs with wire whisk.
2 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of hash browns in baking dish. Spread onion mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Spread remaining hash browns over top. Pour egg mixture on top. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
3 Heat oven to 325°F. Uncover; bake 50 to 60 minutes or until thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and the bacon. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean, top is puffed and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

Don't buy it! It's really easy to make, just follow my homemade chipotle barbecue sauce recipe and you can have your own smoky BBQ sauce in under 30 minutes.
The base ingredient chipotle, (pronounced chee-pot-ley) is a smoked jalapeño that you can either buy or smoke yourself from the red jalapeño pepper. You can use green but I don't think the end result is as sweet.

The most common way to buy it is in adobo sauce which essentially is a mix of spices, vinegar, tomato sauce (and sometimes other chilies) that's presented in a can. Because this is the most common way to buy the chipotles you can use then canned variety in my recipe.


450 ml or 16 oz tomato ketchup
2 onions chopped onion
110ml or ½ cup water
2 cans chipotle chilis chopped
100g or 4 oz brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon celery salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
A splash of cooking oil for frying
Method:-Heat the oil gently in a sauce pan, throw in the onions and the minced garlic and fry until the onions turn clear (about 5 minutes). Now add the rest of the ingredients and simmer. You'll know when the sauce is ready because it will start to thicken.