With only eleven days remaining until May 9, let’s discuss a couple of easy Mother’s Day recipes all dads can make….and moms will love.
This may be another year where many will stay at home to celebrate Mother’s Day rather than hitting the local eateries.
Iris gets us started with a delicious breakfast casserole that dad (or husband) can make the night before!
Easy Mother’s Day Cheesy Sausage-and-Brioche Casserole
Be sure to prepare this the night before so all the flavors really soak into the bread. Brioche is an egg bread you can find at your local grocery store. If you don’t like sausage, substitute cooked pieces of bacon or cubed ham. Leftover pieces of pork or brisket work great awesome, too…that is, if you have any leftover pork or brisket!
For the true cooking novice: “Green onions and scallions are actually the same thing! They are either harvested very young from the regular bulb-forming onions we are familiar with, or they can come from other varieties that actually never form bulbs. Scallions are long, with a white stem end that does not bulge out and are milder than onions.”
This yields a healthy 10-12 servings, so you might even have some leftover for Monday breakfast. Serve it to Mom on a tray…with a flower…and her favorite hot beverage in bed. What a nice surprise!
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1 pound ground pork sausage (such as Jimmy Dean)
- 6 scallions, sliced thinly
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 12 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 small tub Texas pimento cheese from your favorite grocery (ours is HEB!)
- 1 small package (5-6 ounces) shredded cheddar/Mexican mix cheese, divided use
- OPTIONAL: Finely shredded veggies like zucchini, carrots (HEB carries it already shredded)
- 1 loaf brioche bread, torn
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Put torn pieces of brioche in a pan in oven and toast lightly for about 30 minutes (toss halfway). Pull out and let cool. You can do this the night before and leave out all night uncovered. You want to dry out the bread so it’s a bit stale—it absorbs more than way.
- Cook sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to crumble. Let cool, then arrange in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle thinly cut scallions to taste (you decide how much) over the sausage.
- Arrange dried out torn pieces of brioche bread over sausage in pan. Aim for even distribution and bite-sized pieces.
- In a blender mix milk, cream, salt and eggs till frothy. Add HEB cheese and mix on low until just blended. Add half shredded cheese and pulse for only a couple seconds. OPTIONAL: You can season the egg-milk mixture with what you like—I used celery salt, smoked paprika, and/or white pepper, or Hatch green chiles. You can also add finely shredded veggies—add, but don’t blend for more than a second or two, you want the veggie pieces.
- Pour milk-egg mixture over sausage and bread layer. Cover and chill 8 hours. The flavors will blend and the bread will absorb everything.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Uncover casserole, and sprinkle with more shredded cheese. Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes.
Easy roasting anyone can do
Right after taking breakfast out of the oven, you can easily put into the oven a delicious chicken to slow roast for several hours and be ready for the main meal of the day!.
While the breakfast casserole is baking, place a small saucepan on the stove and inside put a cup of olive oil (or butter), a tablespoon of lemon zest, two sprigs of fresh rosemary, a crushed clove of garlic, and a pinch of salt…simmer while you prepare the chicken.
Take out the roasting chicken, wash it off, pat it dry, remove the inside pieces (cook separately or discard) and place it into your roasting pan (more about the pan below).
Salt and Pepper the cavity. Then fill it with one whole lemon, six cloves of garlic, 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, two stalks of celery.
Pour half of the oil over the top and under the skin. Turn the chicken breast down and pour the remaining over the chicken. Cover with foil.
By cooking it breast down, the juices go into the breast meat and keep it from getting dry. I also roast my turkeys breast down.
When you take out the breakfast casserole, turn the oven down to 300°F, and when it is ready, Put your chicken in to cook for 3 hours.
Take it out, remove the foil, turn the chicken over and return it to the over for another hour or until it is brown and registers Internal temperature of 165°F (75°C) at the thickest part of the thigh, and juices run clear when pierced.
While it is cooking, prepare your favorite veggies with olive oil and spices and roast them for the last hour of the chicken’s time. Taste so good together.
Guys, the moms in your life will marvel at your talent!!
The pan is a part of the success
I was asked to try this roasting pan by GreenLife and I am super impressed.
My traditional roasting pan is bulky and difficult to clean…this one is study yet not bulky and cleans well.
It was much easier to handle pulling in and out of the oven than the one I usually use, and, of course, it is eco-friendly.
Greenlife was created by male Belgian cooks in an effort to create a non-stick line of cookware that did not emit toxins. Make sure you read their story on their website.
These would make great Mother’s Day gifts….or…
Here’s More Mother’s Day gift ideas
Well, the easiest gift that all mother’s would love is to send flowers through TELEFLORA.
Or, send products from my new favorite brand SONOMA LAVENDER. (My personal favorite are the slippers with lavender warmed in the microwave, and the lavender foot balm)
Here is a slideshow of gift ideas that might help:
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I was gifted product for this post to review.