I so enjoy gathering your heritage recipes and stories, and I also love to see new kitchen traditions being made. Here’s a great example! My niece, Gina, out of the necessity to squeeze in a big family breakfast and still get four children to church on time, created this yummy and time-saving recipe that she will certainly pass along to her four beautiful girls, Eva, Alaina, Julie and Olivia. This dish is a melting pot masterpiece, sure to please each family member because each one participates in its creation. Gina calls it The Picture Perfect Family Breakfast and indeed it is—scrumptious and ever so simple!
Picture Perfect Breakfast
- 1 tube of refrigerated bread stick dough
- 6 eggs plus 1 egg for egg wash
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 ½ cup grated cheddar cheese (more if desired)
- 1-2 tablespoons melted butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional toppings of your choice (see below)
- ¼ cup chopped cooked bacon or sausage
- ¼ cup sliced mushrooms
- ¼ cup diced fresh or sun-dried tomatoes
- ¼ cup sliced black olives
- ¼ cup chopped turkey or ham
- ¼ cup cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
- ¼ cup green or red peppers, sliced or diced
- ¼ cup pepperoni
- In a greased shallow baking sheet (approx 9 ½ by 11 inch) line the rim with 6 to 8 of the bread strips, (twisted slightly) creating a frame of bread. (Pinch together bread sticks to form a continuous frame.)
- Next, make one horizontal and two vertical rows with remaining bread strips, creating squares, about 3 inches in diameter.
- Brush bread dough with slightly beaten egg. (This creates a beautiful shiny finished dough frame and it helps to “glue” the bread strips together.)
- Fill each square with ¼ cup cheese and ¼ cup desired topping.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 6 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk.
- Pour egg mixture over bread picture frame and toppings, covering the bread.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until bread is golden brown and eggs are cooked.
- Remove from oven and brush melted butter over bread frame.
- Slice in squares, using the bread dough to frame each slice.
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