Irish Soda Bread

I decided to make Irish Soda Bread a few years ago to be a bit traditional and celebrate St. Paddy's Day...but to be honest I wasn't really expecting much.  I've never had Soda Bread and based on the mixture of Caraway Seeds and Raisins in the recipe I was going to try out, it sounded kind of weird.  Especially for dipping in my Irish Lamb Stew.  But as they say, you never know if you'll like something until you try it and boy am I glad I did!

I LOVE this bread and it's now become my go-to recipe that I make pretty much every year. Since I've never had Soda Bread before, I have no idea if this recipe is truly traditional but to be honest I don't care because it's delicious and unique and I can't stop eating it.  It worked extremely well for dipping in our lamb stew...and the next morning toasted with a little butter and honey on top...Good Lord that's delicious!  

Huevos Rancheros Cups

Huevos Rancheros is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts...I honestly make it like 6-8 times a month.  But sometimes an old favorite needs a new twist. So I posted this picture of one of my random weekend breakfast creations on Facebook a while back and have been getting pestered by family and friends for the recipe ever since.  So while it isn't a formal recipe per se, it did turn out quite delicious so I thought I'd share...enter SavoryGirl's Huevos Rancheros Cups!

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (mini slider-sized tortillas if you can find them)
4 eggs
1 can black beans
1 can chopped jalapeños
1 shallot, minced
¼ cup chopped cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
shredded cheddar or mexican-blend cheese
salsa, for serving

Move oven rack to upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°

Mix together black beans, jalapeños, minced shallot, chopped cilantro and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.

Evenly coat the inside of four 10-oz ramekins with olive oil or spray oil.  Stack 4 corn tortillas on a paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds to soften.  Gently push each tortilla into a ramekin so it lines the inside like a muffin cup.

Spoon two heaping spoonfuls of the black bean mixture into each tortilla. Crack an egg on top of bean mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

Place in oven for 20 minutes or until whites begin to set around the edges. Sprinkle with shredded cheese to cover top of the egg.  Bake for another 5-7 minutes until white is fully set, but yolks are still soft.

Gently ease tortilla cup out of each ramekin with a spoon onto a plate. Serve with salsa, dig in and enjoy.  
Christmas Morning Monkey Bread

Growing up as a child, Monkey Bread was a relatively rare but very welcome treat. Nothing was more enjoyable to me than eating with my hands and getting all sticky alongside my parents. I don't think we typically had it on Christmas morning, but as I've developed my own traditions with Christian this recipe has become our go-to Christmas morning staple.

It's a perfect Christmas morning can partially prepare it the day before and refrigerate it and then just do one last-minute step and pop it in the oven first thing while the coffee is brewing and everyone is gathering around the tree. Makes the house smell delicious! Traditional monkey bread doesn't have any orange zest or pecans so feel free to omit but I think these additions really make it special...
SavoryGirl’s Huevos Rancheros

Christian and I often joke that we must have been Mexican in our past life.  We really love Mexican food...and lately, the spicier the better!  For years I was making Huevos Rancheros for myself almost every weekend but within the past year it has transitioned to more of a breakfast for dinner dish for us.  Mostly because it's quick and we almost always have all of the ingredients on hand, which makes it perfect for a weeknight.  Correct, 99% of the time I have tortillas and canned refried beans in the house.  They are staples in the SavoryGirl household!
Irish Baked Oatmeal

Nothing says the weekend like a homemade breakfast treat...and last weekend I stumbled across a good one!  I was looking for St. Paddy's Day dinner recipes and discovered this recipe for Baked Oatmeal.  I had been craving oatmeal lately so the timing was right and the ingredients are super simple and honestly things most people always have on hand.  The result of these simple ingredients?  It's like a warm cookie for breakfast!  So don't let the health properties of the oatmeal fool's a bit indulgent but oh so worth it for a weekend treat...
Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

How my Christian loves his much so that years ago when we started cutting back on processed foods (meaning no Bisquick) he started experimenting himself with different pancake recipes...and he was no cook back then! He's now made so many different pancakes that we often lose track as to which are our favorites, but these Pumpkin Pancakes are a mainstay... especially in the fall.  Christian's tinkering with this recipe has perfected them over the years and boy was he happy when I woke him up on his birthday last weekend with a freshly made batch topped with candied pecans! So what's so special about these pumpkin pancakes vs. others?  Well they're healthy as far as pancakes go (hey, the amount of butter & syrup you slather them with is your issue!), spiced and flavored perfectly and oh so puffy...which is my one and only criteria for pancakes on the rare occasion that I eat a sweet breakfast. Just in time to try out a few times before Thanksgiving breakfast....they're always a hit with our family and friends as a start to our Turkey Day!
Honey Pecan Baked French Toast

For Christian’s Mom’s last full day visiting us in San Francisco I decided to make us a special Breakfast...but the funny twist is that the recipe comes from a quirky cookbook that my girlfriends bought me 5+ years ago for my bachelorette party called “Intercourses.”  The whole idea behind the cookbook is that it is focused on ingredients that are supposed aphrodisiacs, such as honey (I guess?).  But the recipe sounded more delicious than naughty to I decided it was perfectly acceptable for a Mom-in-Law farewell brunch!  Weird?  Maybe.  Scrumptious?  Definitely!