Tomato, Bacon, Cornbread, Eggs Benedict

Dec 12th
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Tomato, Bacon, Cornbread, Eggs Benedict

Recipe by Stacey Evans and Ashlee Martin

Serves 2 or 4: two each, or one each for four people.

The Recipe for the Cornbread and the Tomato Bacon Jam, serves 8 to 10 people. You can always freeze the cornbread.  You can have the Tomato, Bacon, Jam, on hand for Holiday appetizers with crackers. It makes the perfect dip! I will post the links for the above recipes and the Blender Hollandaise. You will need the following ingredients for the Benedict. If you really don’t want to make the cornbread, I’m not against Jiffy, or you could just use English muffins! But you have to make the Tomato, Bacon, Jam, and the Blender Hollandaise, don’t be intimidated by it, it’s so easy!

IMG_1545Ingredients for Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread:

Recipe adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli

Serves 8 to 10

1. 1 1/4 cups ground cornmeal

2. 3/4 cup all purpose flour

3. 1/4 cup sugar

4. 1 tsp sea salt

5. 2 tsp baking powder

6. 1/2 tsp baking soda

7. 1/3 cup whole milk

8. 1 cup buttermilk

9. 2 eggs, lightly beaten

10.  1 1/2 sticks salted butter, melted.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place a 9 inch cast iron skillet inside to heat while you make the batter. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk in the milk, buttermilk, and eggs. Whisk in almost all of the melted butter, reserving 2 Tbs for the skillet later on. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Coat the bottom and sides of the hot skillet with the remaining butter. Pour the batter into the skillet and place it in the center of the oven. Bake until the center is firm and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes and serve. You can serve this with chili too! If you’re using it for the above recipe, use a three inch round cookie or muffin cutter and cut into circles for the bottom of your benedict. For two servings you will need four circles of cornbread. Place two on each plate.

Ingredients for Bacon Tomato Jam:

This makes a great appetizer to have on hand, when those unexpected guests arrive for the holidays.

Recipe by Ashlee Martin

Serves 8 to 10

For the Eggs Benedict you will want 3 Tbs on each cornbread round.

1. 16 slices crispy cooked bacon, 8 for the Jam and 8 for garnish

2. 1 onion diced

3. 2 lbs Roma Tomatoes diced

4. 2 dashes hot sauce

5. 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

6. 1/4 tsp pepper

7. 1 cup granulated sugar

8. 2 1/2 Tbs apple cider vinegar

This link includes the grilled cheese sandwiches too, if you make the appetizer part. Otherwise just make the Tomato Bacon Jam, it’s also great just with crackers, besides this benedict. Place 3 Tbs on each cornbread round.

http://emptynesttwoplatesfull.com/tomato-bacon-jam-with-grilled-cheese/

Ingredients for Poached Eggs:

1. 4 eggs

2. 2 Tbs vinegar

In large pot boil water, turn down to a simmering boil over med high heat and add vinegar. Crack eggs into individual bowls and lower eggs gently into simmering water. When they float to the top they are done. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and place on top of the Tomato Bacon Jam and Cornbread.

Blender Hollandaise:

Ingredients:

1. 3 egg yolks

2. 2 Tbs Fresh lemon Juice

3. pinch cayenne

4. 1/4 tsp sea salt or more to taste

5. 1 1/2 sticks salted butter melted

6. 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

 

 

http://emptynesttwoplatesfull.com/blender-hollandaise/

Pour Hollandaise over the top of the poached eggs, sprinkle with paprika and top with 8 slices of bacon, two on each egg.

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