Use-It-Up Brunch Bake

>> Tuesday, October 4, 2011

On the weekends, we usually have lots of edible odds and ends hanging around the kitchen. A spare tomato. Quarter of an onion. Half a green pepper. Just random stuff that doesn't necessarily constitute a meal. We hate wasting food, but sometimes these bits go bad before we find a good use for them.

On the other hand, we always have eggs and almond milk in our fridge. Cheese is another ingredient we've always got fresh and handy. So, this weekend while Stephen was out running his long run, I decided to whip up something to combine all of these items.


What you'll need . . .
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond or other milk
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Few slices crusty sourdough bread, cut into smaller pieces

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 2 to 3 quart baking dish by lightly greasing with some butter or Earth Balance.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the black ground pepper. Then add in the chopped green pepper, tomatoes, bread, and cheese.
  3. Let sit for a couple minutes -- allowing the bread to absorb the egg mixture.
  4. Pour the mix into your prepared baking dish. Place in the oven and let bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
  5. Bake is done when the middle is set and somewhat firm, but be careful not to over-bake.

The best part about this dish? You can use up pretty much anything you have on hand. Just stick with the 5 eggs, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup shredded cheese part. The rest is up to you. Use mushrooms, onions, asparagus . . . even kale or collards, etc.

As well, any kind of crusty bread works, but we'd suggest not using regular sandwich bread. It won't taste bad. It just won't be as interesting.

Portion size is also up to you, but I'd say 2 to 3 people can get a good meal out of the dish. Stephen told me, though, he likely could have eaten the entire thing himself!

What's your favorite way to use your edible odds and ends? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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