Rise and Dine!

Welcome  I love breakfast food!  Pancakes, waffles, donuts, coffee cake, eggs–anyway you can fix ’em!  I love the salty breakfast meats and the gooey pastry sweets!  The trouble is, though, I usually don’t want all that heavy food first thing in the morning.  Yes, I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I do eat breakfast.  A simple bowl of cereal or some avocado toast is usually good enough to get me started.  So at our house, we serve breakfast foods at all crazy times of day.  After last week’s Breakfast Burger on Crispy Waffles, I decided to come up with some other breakfast meal mash-ups.  Today’s recipes will be Pancake Breakfast Tacos and Loaded Country Breakfast Pizza.

Food For Thought  Back in “the day,” breakfast spreads were sprawling, as farmers and their families were fueling up for a day of hard labor.  If you are plowing a field by hand or cutting trees with a handsaw or axe, you need your strength!  It would be considered unnecessary to serve these types of big farm-style breakfasts every morning these days.  Our lifestyles our changing exponentially.  Now we often grab our day’s fuel from the nearest coffee shop or gas station convenience store.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t experience the flavors of a country breakfast in a more convenient package or in a completely different setting.

Do you like tacos or pizza?  Well, today I’m going to mash up our favorite country breakfast flavors with these popular “convenience” foods to deliver a tasty dish you can serve morning, noon, or night.

Today’s Recipes  I’m going to start with Pancake Breakfast Tacos.  The basic definition of a taco is a tortilla that is folded or rolled and stuffed with a mixture of ingredients that can include meat, cheese and/or veggies.  The other day we were thinking outside the bun and served a breakfast burger on crispy waffles.  Today we’re thinking outside the shell!  Instead of a folded tortilla, our yummy breakfast taco fillings are going inside a folded pancake.  Do we still have meat?  Check, in the form of spicy breakfast sausage.  What about cheese?  Got that, too, as in cheesy scrambled eggs.  And what sort of taco accoutrement will our breakfast taco have?  Diced green onion, hot sauce, salsa (regular or verde), and sour cream.  It’s a sweet and savory combo to go…go right in my belly!

Pancake Breakfast Tacos (makes 6 filling tacos!)

For Pancakes

  • 2 cups pancake and baking mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

For Filling

  • 1 lb ground spicy breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded taco-style cheese blend
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • additional cheese shreds, sour cream, salsa, salsa verde, and hot sauce, as desired

 

Mix pancake ingredients in large bowl.  Spray griddle or skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium high heat (about 375 degrees.)  When griddle is hot, divide pancake batter into six pancakes, about 1/4 cup each.  Cook until the surface begins to bubble, then flip with spatula.  Cook until underside is golden brown, about one or two more minutes.

In medium skillet, brown sausage, crumbling with back of spoon.  When browned and cooked all the way through, drain off excess grease.

In second skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add eggs and scramble with large spoon.  Continue to stir until eggs are cooked, looking fluffy and dry.  Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.

To serve, fold a pancake as you would a soft tortilla.  Fill with sausage and cheesy eggs.  Add any additional taco toppings.  You can wrap these in foil or wax paper for a great to-go breakfast or just pull up a seat and enjoy for lunch or dinner.

 

Next we have Loaded Country Breakfast Pizza.  Just about everything you love in a country breakfast is piled high on a traditional pizza crust.  My husband loves this as a weeknight dinner, too.  The sauce is a buttermilk sausage gravy.  I can’t just make a small batch of gravy, but we just save the leftovers for biscuits and gravy later in the week.  The great thing about pizza is that it is so customizable.  You can change out the breakfast meats and veggies to suit your taste or you could even try it with some hash browns on there.  Have fun with it!

Loaded Country Breakfast Pizza (makes 8 loaded slices!)

  • 1 regular-size, pre-made pizza crust
  • 4 thick-cut bacon slices
  • 1 lb ground spicy breakfast sausage
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2-3 cups buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste (I like my gravy with lots of black pepper!)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 8-oz pkg shredded pizza blend cheese (I like the cheddar and mozzarella blend)

 

Heat oven and pizza stone at 400 degrees.  Fry bacon in skillet and remove to paper towels when cooked crispy.  In same pan, brown sausage, breaking up with a spoon, until cooked through.  Remove sausage to paper towels to drain.  Remove all but 2 or 3 tablespoons of drippings from skillet.  Turn the skillet with drippings to medium heat.  Stir in flour to form a roux.  When roux is thick and beginning to brown, slowly begin to stir in buttermilk, one cup at a time.  Whisk thoroughly between each addition to see how much you will need.  If gravy is still too thick after 3 cups, use a little regular milk to thin it out a bit more.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  In separate skillet, melt butter and add eggs.  Scramble the eggs until fluffy and dry.

Place pizza crust on pizza stone.  Top crust with gravy, about a half cup, and spread to edges of crust.  Top gravy with sausage, followed by scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, cheese, and crumbled bacon.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, watching closely.


 

Today’s Scriptures  For today’s Bible verses I’m going to share four of my favorite morning verses and the Bible journaling pages I’ve been working on to go with them.  A little inspiration in the morning can go a long way!

Inspiration for these journaling pages came from the following sources: Painting Praises-Painting with Bev (paintingwithbev.com), Krista Hamrick (kristahamrick.com), and Instagram.

 

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