5 Hearty Winter Breakfasts to Fill Your Belly

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“Eat
breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
~ Adelle Davis

Breakfast has
always been the man’s meal. It’s usually men who are in
charge of whipping up glorious fire cooked breakfasts on camping
trips, and dad who’s flipping pancakes on Saturday morning.
I’m not sure why this is. Maybe the hard working cowboys and
frontiersmen of yesteryear understood the value of a hearty breakfast
in the morning and always gave that meal extra attention. Perhaps
back in the day when women were expected to make dinner, cooking
breakfast on the weekend was a way for the man to take a turn in
the kitchen. Maybe it’s because men have always had an affinity
for greasy spoon establishments and have a deep appreciation for
the diner breakfast.

Or maybe it’s
just because we love sausage and bacon.

Most likely
it has to do with the nature of breakfast food. It’s simple
and straightforward-never fancy or fussy. There are no five star
gourmet breakfast restaurants, no wine pairings with your pancakes,
and no foie gras omelettes. Breakfast is food without affectation.

At any rate,
men love breakfast. We love to make it and we love to eat it.

And there’s
no better time for a good breakfast than the winter months. It’s
cold, dark, and dreary, and you want something in the morning that
will stick to your ribs and fuel your day. Food so hearty and tasty
that the anticipation of it actually gets you out of bed in the
morning.

Punxsutawney
Phil has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. So here are 5 hearty
breakfasts to power you through to spring.

Cajun Breakfast
Casserole

Breakfast casseroles
are awesome. Their possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
They can accommodate any combination of eggs, vegetables, meat,
and bread; you can thus concoct one from anything you have hanging
out in the fridge. But if you want a specific recipe, here’s
a good one.

Prep: 20 minutes,
Bake: 40 minutes

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 12 to 16
    ounces smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup
    chopped onion

  • 1/2 cup
    chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup
    chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 finely
    diced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 medium
    tomato, diced
  • 6 large
    eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups
    milk
  • 1 teaspoon
    Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    black pepper
  • dash of
    hot sauce
  • 4 slices
    bread torn in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shredded
    cheddar cheese
  • salt and
    pepper

Preparation:

Heat oven to
400°. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.

1. In a large
skillet, cook sliced sausage with the onion and bell peppers until
vegetables are translucent. As they near completion, throw in the
tomatoes and let them cook a minute or two.

2. Whisk eggs
with milk in a bowl with the Cajun seasoning, pepper, and any other
spices you want to use. Add a few dashes of hot sauce to taste.

3. Arrange
the torn bread over the bottom of the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle
with the sausage and vegetables. Top with cheddar cheese and then
pour the egg mixture evenly over the top.

4. Bake for
40 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned.

Apple-Pecan
Baked Oatmeal

If you love
oatmeal, but have never tried it baked, then you’re really
missing out on a whole lot of deliciousness. This recipe is like
a hearty, good for you version of apple cobbler. It makes a ton
too, so if you’re a single guy or childless couple, you’ll
have tasty leftovers for several mornings after you make it.

Prep: 20 min,
Bake: 45 minutes

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

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January
10, 2011

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