January 19, 2010

Eggs Creole

Join Cajun Chef Ryan covering New Orleans and me in Mobile for this
2010 Mardi Gras Series

Hurry, parade's coming!

The parades are starting soon and that means friends will be heading our way. What's better than a day parade and what's better than a brunch serving egg dishes. One of my favorite is creamed eggs over toast. It is simple to make - a white milk sauce made with either bacon drippings or chicken bouillon. Hard boiled eggs are stirred into the sauce with a little seasoning and maybe a crunch factor like blanched asparagus. Bacon and sausage, a tray of fruit along with morning beverages rounds out a really simple meal.

The recipe below goes a bit further, adding a whole lot of depth to creamed eggs and to ease in serving, it's made into a casserole. This is an old southern dish made many years using simple, kitchen staples. Rich in a Creole tomato sauce, this one is delicious over grits or as many folks do, serve it over a bed of white rice. Again, breakfast meats and brunch type beverages are all that is needed to make everyone happy and in a festive parade watching mood.

Now my Mardi Gras buddy, Ryan Boudreaux is cooking up another wonderful brunch dish,  one from New Orleans and the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel where he enjoyed working in the late '80's. Being on a main route, parade goers enjoyed special brunch dishes like the one he's posting today, Florentine Omelet. Don't miss out as he flips this delicious omelet your way - visit him today at Cajun Chef Ryan for the lastest in this Mardi Gras series.

Back in Mobile, I'm starting to feel the anticipation and excitement as the parade gets ready to roll. Passerby folks are slowly meandering down the street easing their way to get a closer view. Along our sidewalk, we watch as their heads turn and we notice each inhale the Creole aromas drifting out across the lawn. Happily, we're enjoying morning cocktails and this tasty, Mardi Gras breakfast. Hope you'll join us.

Eggs Creole

9 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1 cup shredded cheese, optional
1 cup cracker crumbs mixed with melted butter
    White Sauce:
    4 tablespoons butter
    4 tablespoons flour
    2 cups milk
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
      Tomato Sauce:
      4 tablespoons butter
      1 medium onion
      1 medium bell pepper
      4 ribs celery, chopped
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1 -2 1/2 pound canned tomatoes
      1/2 tablespoon chili powder
      Cayenne to taste
      1 teaspoon sugar
      2 tablespoons horseradish
      2 tablespoons Worcestershire
        Make the white sauce in a medium saucepan by melting butter and stirring in flour, then the milk. Add salt, pepper and heat until smooth. Set aside.

        Prepare tomato sauce by melting the butter in a large pan and add onions, bell pepper and celery cooking until soft. Stir in the tomatoes with juice and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat until thick.

        In a greased casserole dish, cover bottom with white sauce, a layer of the eggs followed by a layer of the tomato sauce. Repeat ending with tomato sauce on top. Mix the butter crumbs with the cheese if desired and sprinkle over the top.

        Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes until bubbly and crumbs are light brown.

        Serve over grits or white rice along with crusty French bread.

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        1. Parade season - how I wish we had one of those here! I adore breakfast casseroles of anytime, so this sounds really good to me.

        2. Oh my! The blend of spices and eggs must be incredible!

        3. Sounds yummy. If there were a parade here the lead vehicle would have to be a snow plow. Enjoy the warmth.

        4. I don't need a parade to bake these delicious eggs. This is indeed a perfect brunch dish. Fork in hand and ready.

        5. Hey Drick! Throw me something mister!!!! Seriously, this is one great egg dish, and going to add it to my "Must Make" list.

          Enjoy working with you on the dual Mardi Gras posts!!!

          Culinarily yours,

        6. I love breakfast casseroles, and this sounds like a winner!

        7. Seems you have a great time at Mardi Gras... ;-)

        8. As a Brit, I am a huge fan of Savory breakfasts and you brunch has all the royal ingredients, eggs, cheese , tomato sauce all livened up! Hmmm sounds like heaven!

        9. WAhh... Never been to one of these before. Must be so much fun.

        10. Brunch is my VERY favorite meal, and this is a new one on me. I can't tell you how excited I am to have a new egg dish to try!!

        11. Wow...looks like lots of fun on your side. I wish I'm there to join. This egg dish looks simple yet delicious....yum. I must give a try.

        12. wow great casserole! so much fun, for all of you so envious, and you know the colors, the tradition and prep is so wonderful to be a part of you are doing a magnificant job on these posts! wow!!!!!!

        13. The casserole looks yummy and the parade is a great event to visit one day.

        14. Incredible eggs recipe! Love it so much. Saving it up for later use. Thanks!

        15. I love parades, no chance of one here, but we are expecting a snow storm Top that mister Drick (LOL). The eggs sound fantastic, great for brunch :)

        16. Eggs creole sounds fantastic!