Bacon and Egg Pastries

Oct 5th

This recipe is perfect for a Fall morning in October. The leaves are changing and it’s very cold here today in Michigan. These Bacon and Egg Pastries with spinach and roasted red peppers smell heavenly and taste even better. The next time I make them though I think I will use homemade breakfast sausage instead of bacon. I love puff pastry especially when you look in the oven and they start to rise, it’s like watching magic happen! This blog today is dedicated to my baby, Peter Joseph Evans, who is a baby no longer, soon to be twenty years old. I cannot tell you what a proud Mother I am of this wonderful man. He was born January 28th 1993, I was only in labor for three hours. I should have known then that he was going to be a special boy from there on out. Easy birth, easy childhood, easy teenage years. A true joy to be around. As a baby he was always smiling, I can still see the little smirk on his face when performing in a Preschool play as he walked by, he was very shy and it took a lot of courage to stand up there on stage and sing. We always had a special bond as did he and Pete. I was always playing video games with him and losing, or reading books. Pete had sports with him. T-Ball, baseball, basketball and football. This is the kind of character P.J. has, after winning the boys city championship for boys basketball in 9th grade, he had finally had it with sports and competing. He told me he didn’t want to disappoint his Dad so he would still play for him. When I told Pete this he couldn’t believe that P.J. would do this for him. Pete said absolutely he should quit and so it was. P.J. loved to skateboard with all his friends and what a friend he was to a lot of boys. A true loyal buddy. A few years ago P.J. said he ordered me a book on line and surprised me with it. This was a book I used to read to him as a little boy and I would cry every time I would read it. The book is Love you Forever! I couldn’t believe he actually thought about that book and me, it is truly, to this day, the nicest gift anyone has ever given me. I was so touched by this thoughtful gift, this baby boy of mine had bought me. P.J. was a kind and gentle child, always listening quietly but attentively. I will always remember Birthdays at El Charro with him and swimming in our backyard together. He is enjoying the college life now in NYC with his wonderful girlfriend Ashlee and I miss him so. He loves to film and hopes to one day either be a cinema photographer or editor. This is his 2nd semester in college and I have no doubt he will be successful at whatever he chooses to do, and who ever he works for will be lucky to have him. P.J. has filmed and edited numerous skateboard videos that are phenomenal! Who knows what the future holds for this baby boy/man of mine. I can tell you one thing though, he will go through life with a kind and gentle manner, and who ever is lucky enough to come across this man will be blessed to know him. This ones for you my P.J., I will Love You Forever! Mom

Bacon and Egg Pastries

this recipe is from CuisineAtHome.

Fry; Add and Saute:

2 strips of thick-sliced bacon diced

2/3 cup white- or red-skinned potatoes, cubed

1/3 cup onion, diced

1/3 cup roasted red peppers, diced

1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary

1-1/2 cups fresh spinach

salt and pepper to taste

Beat; Add:

2 oz. cream cheese softened

3 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup Swiss cheese shredded

1 Tbsp. all purpose flour

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp cayenne

Roll Out; Brush Pastries with:

1 sheet purchased puff pastry, slightly thawed

1 egg beaten with 1 Tbs water

Preheat oven to 400. Coat 4 ramekins with baking spray and arrange on cookie sheet.

Fry bacon in a large saute pan over medium heat until crisp; drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 Tbs. drippings and return pan to burner. Add potatoes, onion, peppers, and rosemary; cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in spinach, reserved bacon, salt, and pepper; set filling aside.

Beat cream cheese in a bowl with a hand mixer, then blend in eggs. Add milk, cheese, flour, and seasonings; beat to blend.

Roll pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 12 inch square. Cut into four 6 inch squares, then lightly press 1 square into each prepared cup. Spoon about 1/3 cup potato mixture into each cup, then pour about 1/3 cup egg mixture on top.

Fold corners of dough onto filling, brush with egg wash, and bake until crust is browned and filling is set, 20-25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before eating.

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