Brighten up brunch

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Family Features – Weekends and brunch just seem to go together, but who says they have to come together at a restaurant?

Hosting family and friends in the comfort of your home for this ultimate weekend meal can be a breeze.

Brunch doesn’t need to be fancy or fussy.

All you need is a couple of easy-to-prepare dishes and drinks to serve outdoors on the deck, around the dining room table or in the kitchen – it’s your call.

Whatever your style, it’s a good bet that eggs will be part of the menu.

Impress guests with a clever twist – combine two morning favorites, strata and baked eggs.

The strata layer – bread, cheese and herbs – is nestled underneath two gently-baked eggs in ramekins lined with prosciutto or ham. It’s easy to assemble and the result is impressive, both in looks and flavor.

With Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs, you no longer need to be concerned about serving eggs gently-cooked, such as sunny-side-up, poached or soft-boiled.

There’s also no need to worry about the use of raw eggs in homemade mayo, cookie dough or smoothies.

By using an all-natural warm water bath pasteurization process, the risk of salmonella is eliminated without affecting the nutrition, flavor or cooking properties.

So it’s safe to enjoy runny yolks because the eggs are pasteurized.

Safest Choice eggs are hormone and antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed and Kosher.

Each egg is stamped with a red “circle P” to identify that it has been pasteurized by the company’s patented process.

Serving is no-fuss. Each guest gets an individual ramekin, so there’s no dishing up at the last minute.

Accompaniments can be as simple as a mixed greens salad, a platter of seasonal fruits and favorite brunch cocktails. Of course, there must be plenty of great coffee, too.

Enjoy these tasty stratas worry free since: pasteurized equals peace of mind.

Individual Cheese & Herb Stratas

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

8 thin slices prosciutto or deli ham

2 cups French or Italian bread pieces (1-inch pieces)

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (see note)

1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (see note)

8 Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs

Salt

Coarse ground black pepper

Minced bell pepper (optional)

Chopped fresh herbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter bottom and sides of four 10 to 12 ounce ramekins or spray with nonstick cooking spray

Line each ramekin with 2 slices prosciutto or ham with some extending over sides.

In large bowl, toss bread pieces and melted butter together. Stir in cheese and herbs.

Divide mixture evenly among ramekins pressing down lightly.

Break 2 eggs into each ramekin. Add salt and pepper, as desired. Sprinkle bell pepper around eggs, if desired.

Place ramekins on rimmed baking sheet.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until whites are set and yolks begin to firm, or to desired doneness.

Garnish with additional herbs, if desired.

Notes:

Other cheeses, such as cubed mozzarella or Cheddar, may be substituted for goat cheese.

One or a combination of herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, chives or parsley may be used.

Infuse fresh dishes into your menu with new, quick and customizable Smucker’s® pairings.

By combining unique or traditional ingredients, along with fruit spreads, pairings will brighten your brunch and leave a lasting impression among family and friends.

Spread a little sunshine with a pairings menu featuring Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads, made with quality ingredients from natural sources.

The best part – pairings use just five ingredients or less and are ready in about 15 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long to satisfy your guests.

Avocado Strawberry Grilled Cheese

Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread

Sliced avocado

Goat cheese

Spinach leaves

Bread

Enjoy this fresh take on an American classic. With bold, bright flavors like creamy avocado, sweet strawberry, fresh spinach and rich goat cheese, the Avocado Strawberry Grilled cheese is spring’s perfect pairing.

Get started by layering Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread between two slices of bread.

Slice the avocado, then layer it along with spinach leaves and goat cheese. From there, prepare as you normally would and serve.

Avocado & Prosciutto Crostini

Smucker’s Natural Orange Marmalade Fruit Spread

Prosciutto

Avocado

Olive Oil

Baguette

Prepare a flavorful brunch appetizer with these irresistible crostini bites. Simply brush baguette slices with olive oil then toast them in the oven for 5-7 minutes at 375°.

When they’re warm and ready, add a dollop of Smucker’s Natural Orange Marmalade atop each crostini.

Finish with freshly sliced prosciutto and buttery avocado and voila – you’re ready to serve the perfect springtime snack.

Raspberry Cheddar Omelet

Smucker’s Natural Red Raspberry Fruit Spread

Shredded white sharp cheddar cheese

Fresh basil

Eggs

Try this simple and delicious pairing that will keep guests smiling.

Begin preparing a three-egg omelet, but add a surprise twist. Once the eggs begin to set, tuck some Smucker’s Natural Red Raspberry Fruit Spread in the middle along with a sprinkle of shredded white sharp cheddar cheese and a pinch of fresh basil.

Fold it over and prepare yourself for a burst of flavor – the tartness of the raspberry and the sharpness of the cheddar pair up beautifully.

For more information on Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads, visit www.Smuckers.com.

Visit www.Smuckers.com/Pairings or www.pinterest.com/smuckersrecipes/perfect-pairings/ to view all the Smucker’s Pairings, and share your favorite using smuckers pairings.

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