Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Jennifer Mastroianni: Surprise Mom with classic breakfast dish

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  • for a decadent breakfast, nothing beats eggs benedict. will i be served the restaurant classic in bed on motherís day morning? probably not. and thatís just fine with me.
    actually, iíd be thrilled with a repeat of last yearís motherís day meal, prepared by my 11-year-old daughter, lexi. she made me the most adorable buttermilk pancakes, fashioned into a smiley face and embellished with strawberry freezer jam we made together the previous summer. and what presentation! clean dish rags lined her serving tray, which also included a container of jell-o and a vase of fresh picked flowers. i get misty just thinking about it.
    however, sheís a year older, and assures me she is up for a bigger challenge. wouldnít you know, i happened upon a scaled-down version of my favorite breakfast. itís called eggs benedict casserole.
    it features all the traditional ingredients yet requires just one dish for baking and serving.
    it also has a spicy twist. no surprise since it is a recipe from tabasco. if your family doesnít like heat, limit the amount or opt out altogether.
    lexi wants to give it a shot. i canít wait, and will no doubt be moved to tears. from the effort ó and possibly the spice.
    eggs benedict casserole
    6 cups french bread, cut into cubes
    12 large eggs
    1 1/2 cups milk
    3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons tabasco sauce, optional
    12 ounces canadian bacon, chopped
    1 (9-ounce) package hollandaise sauce
    preheat oven to 350 degrees. place french bread cubes in buttered, 8-cup shallow casserole dish. beat eggs, milk, chives, salt and 2 teaspoons tabasco sauce in large bowl; stir in canadian bacon. pour over bread cubes. let mixture stand 5 minutes. bake 40 minutes or until mixture is puffed and set. meanwhile, prepare hollandaise sauce as package directs. keep warm until ready to use. serve casserole with warm hollandaise sauce. makes: 6-8 servings.

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