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Loaded Potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs

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Loaded Potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs

Loaded Potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs

A yummy, savory breakfast that hits all of the right notes–crunchy, salty, gooey and just plain yummy!  Do you want to impress your Thanksgiving house guests or a special someone on New Year’s morning or Valentine’s Day with a new dish?  What about on Easter morning when you have neighbors and friends over for brunch?  Try our loaded potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs and you will be the star of the gathering.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large shallot, grated
  • 4 fried eggs
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips and cooked
  • chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Peel and grate potatoes; squeeze dry in a clean dish towel.
  2. In a bowl, mix potatoes with cheese, butter and shallot; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Coat waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Using a quarter of the potato mixture for each waffle, cook over high until golden and crispy, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Top with an egg, bacon and parsley.  Season to taste.

Makes 4

Helpful hints:

  • I used a large box grater for grating the potatoes, but you could use frozen hash brown potatoes.
  • The shallot was grated using a fine microplane.
  • We always cook our bacon in the oven using a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet.  This allows it to cook through, stay flat and the fat drips onto the pan. Spray the wire rack with Pam or a similar product.  We put a paper towel in the bottom of the cookie sheet to absorb most of the bacon fat.
  • We placed the egg into a cookie cutter to make a fried egg shaped like a star for a fun presentation.

 

Asian Pear Salad with Pecans and Radicchio

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Asian Pear Salad

Asian Pear Salad.  Have you heard of Asian Pears?  Have you tried an Asian Pear?  As you know by now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast serves a fruit course each morning and when serving a savory entrée we sometimes serve a salad.  This month’s recipe is just one of those salads. Pictured above is the Asian Pear Salad served with Canadian bacon and our wamlet (an omelet made in our Belgium waffle maker.

But first, let me tell you about the Asian Pear.  It is also known as the “apple pear” as it is crunchy, juicy and round like an apple, but it has an unmistakable pear flavor.  Even when ripe they’re crunchy so hold up well in a salad or when baking.  Originally from East Asia, they are now grown in California, Oregon, and Washington in the United States.

When purchasing an Asian Pear choose one that is the most fragrant and with little to no brown spots.  When ripe they are hard and do not soften (unlike a traditional pear.)  They are ready to eat when purchased.  You can store them for up to a week at room temperature or up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Now let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups pecan halves, cut into thirds lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small head radicchio, cored, leaves separated and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 3 oz. frisée, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 1 medium Asian Pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced crosswise ( about 1 cup)

Directions:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees.

Put the pecans on a small, rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant and pale golden on the cut sides, 6-8 minutes.  Add the butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss with 2 heatproof spatulas until the butter is melted and absorbed by the nuts.  Set the nuts aside (they can be added to the salad warm or at room temperature.)

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Slowly whisk in the oils until well combined.

Combine the radicchio, frisée and pear in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to coat.  Add the nuts, toss and serve.

 

Apple Crostata

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The Carriage House Inn's Apple Crostada

Our apple crostata is easy to make and delicious.

It’s September again and you know what that means in Lynchburg and Central Virginia?  Apples are found in abundance at farm stands, in the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg and in the local grocery stores.  It’s one of the times of year we can buy local fruits in our grocery stores.  This months recipe is one we serve as a fruit dish during September and October at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast.  I have also made this as a dessert for a family dinner or when having friends over for just coffee and dessert.  Anyway, you serve it, it is delicious!

Apple Crostata served with whip cream and a mint leaf.

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 pounds McIntosh or Empire apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, diced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.  Transfer it to a baking sheet.
  3. For the filling, peel, core and cut the apples into 8 wedges, which are then cut into 3 chunks.  Toss the chunks with the orange zest.  Cover the crostata dough with the apple chunks leaving a 1 1/2-inch border.
  4. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and allspice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.  Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.  Pour into a bowl and rub it with your fingers until it starts holding together.  Sprinkle evenly on the apples.  Gently fold the border over the apples to partially enclose the dough and apples, pleating it to make a circle.
  5. Bake the crostata for 20-25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.  Allow to cool.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Helpful Hints:

  • You can use a blender to make the crumb topping, just watch carefully not to pulse it too finely.
  • We serve this with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream when serving as a dessert.

Breakfast Bake

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Breakfast Bake

Breakfast Bake-one pan cooking and easy cleanup.

The breakfast bake is an easy recipe that involves only one pan (baking sheet) for a complete breakfast.  This makes clean up real easy.  Follow the directions below.  Everything is cooked in the oven, including the egg! It makes the ideal breakfast when you have a bunch of people over for breakfast.  The egg holds everything together.  Enjoy the breakfast bake.  Above we used diced potatoes.  You could use hashbrown potatoes instead.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 2 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 6 eggs
  • 18 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475°.
  2. Place diced potatoes, olive oil and garlic in a plastic bag.  Shake until fully coated.  Pour potatoes onto one side of a large rimmed baking sheet (they should be bunched together on about 1/4 of the pan.)
  3. Fill the other side of the same baking sheet with bacon.  Bake in oven 10-12 minutes until bacon is fully cooked.
  4. Place bacon and potatoes onto a paper towel to absorb excess grease.  Discard grease from baking sheet, but do not wipe clean.  There should be a thin layer of grease remaining.
  5. Line the same baking sheet with the asparagus and tomatoes.  Top gently with eggs and bake for 6-7 minutes or just until the whites are set.
  6. Spread the potatoes and bacon back onto the baking sheet.  Bake for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Once out of the oven sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper.

Serve and enjoy.  Serves 6.

Sunrise Smoothie

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Sunrise Smoothie

A smoothie is a great way to get some needed nutrients at breakfast, lunch or as a snack during the day.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we oftentimes serve a “smoothie shot” as our first course when serving a sweet breakfast entreé.  Guests love them and it’s a nice way to begin your breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped ripe strawberries (about 5 large)
  • 1 cup chopped seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped peach
  • 1 cup raspberry sorbet
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions:

Place the strawberries, watermelon, peach, sorbet and orange juice in a blender.  Puree until smooth and creamy.  Add more orange juice if you like it a little less thick.  Serve immediately in tall glasses with straws.

Makes 2 servings.

**we serve our smoothies in shot glasses, so we dilute the mixture a bit to make it easier to get out of a small glass.

Hawaiian Pancakes

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Hawaiian Pancake

Hawaiian Pancakes, moist and very tropical.

While thumbing through a cooking magazine recently there was an article about Masaharu Morimoto, an Iron Chef on the Food Network show, Iron Chef America, stating his favorite breakfast was a pancake with pineapple, coconut and macadamia nuts.  Having lived in Hawaii for three years in the 1960’s I never had pancakes with these tropical ingredients, but I do enjoy each ingredient individually so I decided to create a recipe with these three ingredients and I’m calling it Hawaiian Pancakes.  First I took our Ultimate Buttermilk Pancake recipe and altered it a bit.  When we lived in Waialua, our neighbor worked at a sugar mill and would always bring us bags of what we called “raw sugar” so I changed the white ganulated sugar to Turbinado.    Next, get a fresh pineapple (it tastes so much better than canned pineapple) and you will use macadamia nuts and shredded or flaked coconut as the toppings.

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons of raw sugar (Turbinado)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups buttermilk-room temperature
  • 2 eggs-room temperature-separated
  • 2 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter

To the Buttermilk Pancake recipe above you can alter or add the following ingredients to make them “Hawaiian”

  • add 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • add 3 heaping tablespoons of shredded coconut to the batter
  • add 1/3 cup diced, fresh pineapple chunks to the batter
  • top with a few fresh pineapple chunks, as a garnish
  • top with 1/3 cup toasted macadamia nuts, as a garnish
  • top with 1/3 cup toasted shredded coconut or coconut flakes, as a garnish

Sift the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pineapple chunks and shredded coconut).  In a second bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs yokes, coconut extract and melted butter).  Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to make the pancakes. Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks then gently blend to the combined ingredients before cooking

Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium heat.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix using a fork or wooden spoon.  Mix until just blended together (it will be lumpy).  Do NOT over blend the mixture.  Let the batter sit for 15 minutes before cooking.  ADD THE EGG WHITES NOW. Using a scoop (I use an ice cream scoop)  pour the batter on the griddle or frying pan.  Brown on both sides and serve with butter and maple syrup.  This recipe should serve five or six people.  If you are making them in batches you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees and store the cooked pancakes in the oven on the shelf until you have cooked all of them and are ready to serve them (will keep well in the oven for 30-45 minutes).

Top with pineapple chunks, macadamia nuts and coconut.  Serve with syrup.

We have had several return guests ask us to make these pancakes for them again.  Yes, they are that good!  And who doesn’t hope that winter is finally over and you can dream of sunny and war, Hawaii?  I’s sure you will enjoy our Hawaiian Pancakes.  They are moist, fluffy, light and soooo much more.