March 27, 2015

Eggs in Hell and Sticky Nutella Buns

A good brunch is my favorite meal to plan lately. A savory egg main and a sweet pastry to follow, plus some citrus-y cocktails in between make for a drawn out, lazy morning meal with friends (it becomes slow and lazy mainly because of the alcohol in the middle of the day - my tolerance is much lower for whatever reason).

I'm always on the hunt for yummy egg dishes that are not casseroles (which I generally dislike - the consistent spongy entire turns me off). This dish is like a sense pasta sauce with some eggs thrown on top. The idea is to eat the eggs and sauce with some crusty bread. It's a messy and delicious idea, great for breakfast or lunch or dinner even! 

I baked the eggs for about ten minutes at 375, instead of just cooking the eggs on the stove top. 

I had a salted caramel sticky bun from Sycamore Kitchen recently and it blew my mind. Thick crispy layers of croissant-like pastry dough, each covered in a gloss of sticky caramel. Sycamore Kitchen is still one of my favorite brunch spots in town and their pastry case is always a temptation.

But I digress. I decided to try to make something similar at home, knowing also that I had a packed weekend with little time to prep for this brunch gathering. This recipe for cheater sticky buns using puff pastry was great! The caramel sauce turned out to be deliciously thick and sticky and salty and the Nutella in between was a pleasant surprise. 

Happy weekend and happy brunching! I'll be making the Kale Black Bean Chilaquiles from last week again this weekend for our cabin getaway to Tahoe :) can't wait for cooler weather and hikes!

March 26, 2015

Avocado Cream and Chicken Suiza Enchiladas

These enchiladas are very delicious. I haven't raved about a recent recipe share because nothing has been truly remarkable, but I can rave about this one without hesitation. The sauce is both tangy and creamy; tangy from the lime and spices and creamy from the avocado and cream. Despite using a whole container of whipping cream, it doesn't taste heavy at all.

Instead of buying a rotisserie chicken and shredding it, I cooked two chicken breasts, diced. I think both methods take about the same amount of time but I do it mainly because I don't like shredded chicken and its texture.

Again, I used uncooked tortillas from Costco (the Tortilla Land brand) which are the absolute best. Made enough for 6 people even though it's only 8 enchiladas (but they're hearty and filled with good things like cheese and diced green chilies). I skipped adding the diced onion because uncooked onion is a little too raw and bitter for my taste. 

March 23, 2015

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pizza

We are kicking off the week with an easy meal for your Monday evening. Pair it with a glass of wine and you just made Monday so much better!

I got presliced Brussels sprouts from Trader Joe's, their plain pizza dough (just one), shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and some pizza sauce even though the recipe doesn't call for red sauce (I jus thought it would taste too creamy and basic without the tart flavor of tomato as a contrast. 

This pizza hit the spot. It's gourmet but easy to throw together, perfect for a weeknight schedule.

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