So, I have this gratin dish. I received it from my paternal grandmother who passed away last year. It’s small, white, nothing fancy. But I have this affinity for it. I’m probably the only person on earth with a love for a dish. I want to use it for everything: gratins (duh), baked veggie dishes, baked chicken, salad (not a smart move, everything fell out the sides)…you name it, I’ve tried to use this dish to serve it. My favorite meal to serve in it is baked eggs. It’s perfect for serving two people, and for reasons unbeknownst to me, I find it ridiculously gourmet-looking. I don’t know…call me crazy, but it’s just something about this dish.
Caprese Baked Eggs
4 Tbsp Half and half
1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp Mozzarella Cheese
Small handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
Spring of basil for garnish
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Butter or cooking spray
Butter the baking dish
Gently crack the eggs into the dish, being careful not to break the yolks
Add the half and half, cheeses, and tomatoes
Bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes (more or less depending on how done you like your eggs)
Top with sprig of basil
Surprise your sweetie with breakfast in bed with this, skillet potatoes, and mimosas!
Yesterday was National Grilled Cheese Day. In honor of this momentous occasion, I put a spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich.
My fiancée loves brie, so imagine his excitement when I told him what was for dinner. And wouldn’t you know it, he had a suggestion that made these sandwiches a bazillion times fancier and tastier (yes, a bazillion). He suggested adding caramelized onions. Well, um, yes! Don’t mind if I do!
Another variation would be to leave off the onions and Dijon mustard and add raspberry preserves instead. Holy wow, that would be good!
Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese
Makes 4 sandwiches
8 slices of your favorite bread
2 pears (a pair of pears, if you will)
1 wheel Brie
About 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (more or less, to taste)
1 onion, sliced
2-3 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Begin by heating oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a cast iron skillet
Add onions and cook until browned, remove from heat and set aside
Spread mustard on one side of each sandwich
Slice brie and arrange on top of mustard
Thinly slice pear and arrange on top of brie
Add caramelized onions and place other piece of bread on top
Reheat skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter, and place sandwiches in skillet.
Cook until that side is golden brown, flip, and cook on other side (adding more butter as necessary) until golden brown and brie melts.