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Big Black Dog: A Breakfast Bruschetta

April 5, 2010

A Breakfast Bruschetta


Let's face it I am not a morning person and never have been. I wake up early but I don't get on with my day until I have my second cup of coffee around 10 am! I wake up in a good mood now, but I wasn't always that way, I used to be a real grouch in the morning. When I was growing up, it was my Dad's job to wake us up for school but he would just enter my bedroom and wiggle my foot until I woke up. I think he was afraid to come any closer!

Sunday is a special day and we have an unwritten rule that Sundays are personal days. On Sundays every one gets to do whatever they want as long as it doesn't interfere with anyone else's personal Sunday plans. And I always wake up in a very good mood on Sunday! Sometimes I just work on my genealogy research, catch up on my reading or watch reruns of Bonanza or Gunsmoke. But once in a while I am ambitious and make Sunday Brunch.


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Breakfast Bruschetta
Recipe by BigBlackDog

3 whole English Muffins, split
2 c. fresh Spinach, cleaned
1 small tomato, diced
1/3 c. fresh Sweet Red Pepper, diced
4 Green Onions, chopped
1 clove of Garlic, minced
2-3 slices of bacon, crispy fried
3 eggs, scrambled
1 TBL EVOO, (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 c shredded Mozzarella cheese or any white cheese
Salt and freshly ground Pepper
Tad of Hot Hungarian Paprika, Basil or Tarragon

1. Break up the Crispy Bacon into 1/2" pieces
2. In a skillet heat the oil. Add spinach, bacon, garlic, sweet pepper, tomato, onions, Paprika and Tarragon or Basil and saute until spinach is wilted. Remove spinach mixture and set aside.
3. In the same skillet, scramble the eggs until just fluffy. Set aside.

To assemble the Breakfast Bruschetta:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the split muffins on the sheet.
2. Put 2-3 TBL of Spinach mix on each English Muffin
3. Place 2 TBL of Scrambled Eggs on top of Spinach.
4. Sprinkle with shredded Mozzarella
5. Pop the baking sheet under the Broiler until the cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.


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Sourdough English Muffins
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

Makes about 12 regular sized muffins

1/2 c. sourdough starter (You could use 1 pkg yeast)
1 c. scalded milk
2 3/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 TBL honey
1 tsp baking soda

Semolina or cornmeal, for dusting

In a small sauce pan scald milk and set aside to cool.

Combine sourdough starter and cooled milk in a large bowl. Gradually add 2 c. flour. Stir to combine, cover with plastic wrap, and leave out for at least 4 hours or you can make it the night before and let it rise over night. The longer the rise, the stronger the sourdough flavor.

After the rise add salt and baking soda and mix well.

I form my English muffins free hand. Just taking a slight 1/2 c. of dough, forming it into a muffin shape and flattening it with my hands. Or you can roll out to 3/4" and cut with a biscuit cutter into rounds.

Spray griddle or skillet lightly with spray oil and sprinkle with semolina or cornmeal. Heat to medium, 350 degrees, and cook muffins for about 6-10 minutes on each side depending on how large you made your muffins, or until browned on the top and bottom and cooked through.

The muffins will rise while on the griddle, after the first turn I flatten them a bit with a spatula.



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46 Comments:

Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

This Bruschetta would cheer up any grouch.

April 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

Looks REALLY yummy!! I love making English muffins- think I'll try these
xoxo pattie

April 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love Sunday brunch and have been toying with the idea of doing a weekly brunch posting. This looks like an incredible way to start your Sunday! I like your idea of everyone having their own time on Sunday.

April 5, 2010 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Oohhh,,,,Really not fair to post this so early and before breakfast. They look so good.

April 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Awesome recipe!

April 5, 2010 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

These look great! The spinach mixture and bacon...yum! We would enjoy them at our house.

April 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

That looks like a great way to get your veggies in early in the day!

April 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Maggy said...

I love the idea of Breakfast Bruschetta. YUM!

April 5, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Tupper Cooks! said...

Nice.... Sunday is usually the day we eat what you'd say was a normal breakfast- gotta try those next weekend!

April 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

Ohm what a great idea! These look so hearty and perfect to start the day with.

April 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

Youe recipes look so wonderful! YUM. Funny about your dad waking you up, I'm not an early bird either. Nice that you enjoy doing geneology..my mom was so in to that all her life and has passed it on to me. I have all the original pictures of my ancestors. Come say hi :D

April 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

This is my favorite kind of breakfast. You can't go wrong with bacon, eggs, and cheese. I love that you made your own English muffins!

April 5, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger How To: Simplify said...

There's nothing like delicious bruschetta!

April 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I love bruschetta!

April 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger doggybloggy said...

this is one great looking breakfast!

April 5, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Noelle said...

AHHHHH! These looks so good!

April 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

This looks so yummy and is a great "quick and special" breakfast, it would also be great for lunch with a salad. I am really impressed that you make your own Englsih muffins and I know the are so much better than store bought. How would you make them if you did not have sourdough starter? I am really the only one who eats bread because hubby has a gluten allergy, I don't make much bread but I would like to make and freeze, would that be possible? I am looking to you to be my bread guru!

April 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Mrs C,

If you don't have any Sourdough Starter then just use 1 pkg of yeast.

Michelle

April 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I used to be a crabby patty in the mornings, but I got over it somehow. B. is glad I know. But, I guess I passed it on to my daughter because her new husband asked about her being like that in the mornings, and I know we all used to hate to be the one to wake her up!! Too funny. This dish looks great. Since I don't like muffins, I could try it on a slice of french bread.

April 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Sippity Sup said...

What a festive way to start the day, even a "non-morning person" will smile. GREG

April 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

This looks like a wonderful way to start the day! YUM!!!

April 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Sook said...

Oh the bruchetta looks amazing! Simple and delicious.

April 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

I love Sunday's too! It's a family day and I usually get to see most of my kids. I'm into genealogy as well, are you hooked into a certain program that helps you?

Your Breakfast Bruschetta looks wonderful and to think it's on homemade english muffins it just about blows my mind!

April 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Yum! That looks so good and doable! Thanks for the recipe.

April 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger CMC said...

Yum yum...........sounds good even now at the end of my work day.

April 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger angelina said...

love the dad story: i could go for some dad right now, =(

April 5, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

These are a fantastic reason to get out of bed in the morning. Love the cheesy bacony deliciousness. And those sourdough english muffins - PERFECT!

April 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

i love your sunday routine, perhaps we will adopt that idea! i'm a grump in the morning too, but this might really help to brighten my day up quick!

April 5, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Kayte said...

What a great way to start the day! Love these, guys would love these...definitely need to make for weekend breakfast sometime very soon.

April 5, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

Ahhh. Bonanza and Gunsmoke. I used to watch this every morning during the summer. I loved Little Joe's horse!

Amazing bruschetta! I love making things like this for breakfast. I haven't tried making my own English muffins yet. It's on my list!

April 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

I'll jump outta bed for these, Michelle! Only a broken back will stop me.

April 6, 2010 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I am a morning person...it is 7 am on spring break and I am already up and going about my day. One of these sure would be good right about now!

April 6, 2010 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Yum that looks tasty! At our house Sunday is the cooks morning off but these look good enough to give that up one week

April 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Scott K said...

Looks so good!

April 6, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger kanmuri said...

That looks delicious!! I want to try :D

April 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous TREAT AND TRICK said...

Hi....this is so yummy and great way to start your day...

April 6, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

I'm not a morning person either, although this breakfast bruschetta would make it a whole lot easier.

April 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Mama Peck said...

Wow, homemade English Muffins! I'm so impressed. Thanks for sharing- this recipe looks so good!

April 6, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

The sound of these on a freshly made English muffin sounds delightful. I rarely make big breakfasts either but when I do they're a real treat!

April 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Just great flavors. Who wouldn't want to wake up to this. Breakfast bruschetta would make everyone a morning person at my house.
Mimi

April 7, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

'Dear' Michelle, Honest, I really did have a tenative menu schedule in mind for our anniversary get-a-way.... but now your giving me even more ideas ... which means I'm going to have to make choices .... Thanks! ( o;-p)

April 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Fuji Mama said...

What wonderful fresh flavors! I love the idea of making a bruschetta for breakfast!

April 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Clarice said...

I have always wanted to make English Muffins. I will have to give these a try. Thanks for the recipe!

April 8, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous executive training said...

Could this look any more delicious? And it seems perfect for both breakfast and dinner. And lunch too, actually.

April 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Ali @ Fat to Fit said...

I think bruschetta for breakfast is a genius idea! I'll most definetely be trying this and blogging about it. Thanks for this great inspiration, Michelle!

April 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

now i like the sounds of that sunday rule! I just discovered that English Muffins aren't in the HBin5 cookbook :( I'll have to buck up and try my hand at sour dough starters. I don't know if you'll remember or not but about a year ago, when I first started following your blog...I was scared to death of yeast! Look what you've created! LOL

April 20, 2010 at 12:04 AM  

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