Prep: 20 min, Bake: 45 minutes
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 5 Granny Smith apples
- 1 (18-oz.) container regular oats
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
1. Toast the pecans in a pan over medium heat until they are fragrant.
2. Peel and chop apples into 1 inch chunks. Spread the apples on the bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish (make sure the pan is pretty deep-the oats need a lot of room). Sprinkle toasted pecans over apples.
3. Combine oats and next 10 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well blended. Pour oat mixture evenly over apples and pecans.
4. Bake covered at 400° for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until golden brown and set.
If you’re feeling a bit wild in the morning, it’s extra good when topped with whipped cream.
Green Chili Breakfast Burrito Casserole
Breakfast burritos make a great morning meal. Fry up some eggs, sausage, onions and so on and wrap it in a tortilla. This casserole offers a twist on this standby, turning it into a green chili wet burrito layered lasagna-like thing. Trust me-it’s awesome.
Prep: 20 min, Bake 25 min
- 1/2 pound sausage
- 4 eggs scrambled
- 3 medium potatoes, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 1 can of green chili sauce
- 2 cups of Mexican cheese
- Flour tortillas
1. Fry up the sausage until it’s browned. Set aside.
2. Fry up the potatoes. When they’re almost done, add the peppers and onions, and fry everything until done. Season with whatever spices strike your fancy. I like to throw in paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and fajita seasoning.
3. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the tortillas in half and create a layer on the bottom of the pan. You can tear them in various pieces to cover the bare spots, but don’t do too much overlap. Sprinkle in a layer of veggies, sausage, and eggs. Ladle on some of the green chili sauce. Sprinkle on some cheese. The depth and width of your pan and your desire will dictate how many layers you can make. But repeat the process at least once more, finishing with tortillas, sauce, and cheese on top.
4. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Nutty Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes
No matter what you call them -flapjacks, hotcakes, or pancakes, they are the quintessential breakfast food. Pancakes are a blank canvas that you can transform into a hundred different varieties of fried flour goodness. Chocolate chip pancakes, blueberry pancakes, banana nut pancakes-the sky’s the limit. This is one of my favorite pancake recipes. It produces pancakes that are hearty, nutty, and filling. And the buckwheat makes you feel like you’re eating something healthy.
Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 10 minutes
Makes 8 large, filling pancakes
- 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
- 3/4 cup unbleached white all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
- 1.5 cups buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.
2. Mix the wet and dry ingredient together. It’s okay for the batter to be a little lumpy. Overmixing the batter will result in tough panackes.
3. Grease and heat up a skillet over medium heat. Drop 5 inch circles of pancake batter into the pan.
4. Wait for bubbles to emerge on the top of the pancakes and then flip them over.
5. Top with butter and real Vermont maple syrup. The use of Aunt Jemima and her syrup impostor kin is punishable by 30 lashes.
Biscuits and Gravy
Looking for some good Southern comfort food? Look no further than biscuits and gravy. Nothing else can warm your belly like hearty gravy filled with savory sausage.
My tip: As much as you might like sausage, don’t go overboard on it. As you can see, my sausage gravy turned out more sausage than gravy. But I love sausage, so I really didn’t care.
I’m not yet confident enough in my culinary skills to make my own biscuits and thus used the refrigerator roll variety. But if you’d like to make your own biscuits, more power to you brotha.