Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Not everyone agrees, I suppose, but this is what my grandmother told me. Granny said it, I believe it, that settles it. Breakfast doesn't have to be an expensive meal, it can be one of the most thrifty -- and yet, the most tasty -- of all your meals. Many people rely on expensive processed cereals but I'd like to tempt you with the visions and tastes of true Oklahoma home cookin' for breakfast. Better Living Through Better Breakfasts is our motto!.

A Note About These Breakfast Recipes:

These recipes use smaller amounts of meat than is usual at breakfast and are generally calculated to serve 2 or 3 adults unless otherwise specified..

Rise and Shine Casserole

6 slices dry whole wheat bread | 1/4 cup butter, melted | 2 cups milk | shredded cheese |
1/2 tsp dry mustard |3 eggs, beaten | Salt and Pepper

Tear bread into small pieces. Layer 1/4 of the bread and 1/4 of your cheese 4 times in a casserole dish. Pour melted butter on top. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well. Pour mixture onto casserole. Refrigerate overnight. First thing in the morning, bake for 1 hour in 350 degree oven. Variations: add crumbled fried sausage or bacon, ham, cooked beans, jalapenos, shredded cheese. Smother casserole with chili, chili sauce, cooked beans, or gravy.

Home Made Hashbrowns

Slice potatoes in half and boil for ten minutes. Cover with cold water and refrigerate overnight. Shred (peeling the potatoes is optional) and fry in oil in skillet until brown on both sides. Another Way to Hashbrown Potatoes: Boil potatoes whole, let cool, place in a well-oiled frying skillet or on griddle, mash with a potato masher, fry until crisp on bottom, flip until done on the other side. A Third Way to Hashbrown Potatoes: Use leftover baked potatoes, place in well oiled skillet, mash with a potato masher, fry on both sides. Note that with all recipes for hashbrown potatoes, the secret is to cook the potatoes the day before and refrigerate overnight..

Redneck Eggs Benedict

Large biscuits | 2 eggs, boiled | 1/8 lb sausage or bacon | 2 potatoes, hash browned | 2 cups cheese sauce or gravy Make 4 large biscuits using the Better Times biscuit recipe and bake until done. Slice in half, layer on each biscuit half, in this order: fried hashbrowns, 1/4 boiled egg, fried sausage or crumbled bacon, top with cheese sauce, gravy, or other sauce. For Redneck Eggs Florentine, substitute cooked turnip greens for meat.

Potato Pancakes

To 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes, add 1 egg and 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour. Mix thoroughly, make small dollar size pancakes, fry on medium griddle on both sides until done. A sprinkling of dried Italian herbs adds to the flavor.

Creamed Eggs

Add 2 to 4 hard cooked eggs, cut into quarters, to 1 cup medium white sauce. Serve hot over toast or biscuits or rice. You can sprinkle with paprika and parsley, crisp bacon bits, etc. Variation, add small amount of fried sausage to the white sauce.

Oatmeal Pancakes

1 cup oatmeal | 1 cup whole wheat flour | 1 tsp baking powder | 1/2 tsp baking soda | 1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter | 1-1/2 cups milk with 1 tbsp of vinegar in it (or use buttermilk)

Soak oats in one cup milk for five minutes. Add other ingredients, mix well. Heat griddle (test for hotness by sprinkling some water on it, if the bubbles "skitter" around the pan, it's ready). Make small pancakes, turn when brown. If you don't have vinegar or buttermilk, use regular skim milk and increase baking powder to 1-1/2 tsp and omit baking soda. To make the pancakes extra fluffy, separate the egg yolk and white, beat separately, add egg yolk and milk, then add stiffly beaten egg whites.

Bob's Food Cooperative Pancakes

1 cup 100% whole wheat flour|1-1/4 tsp baking powder | 1/4 tsp salt | 2 tablespoons oil
| 1 cup milk | tablespoon honey | 1 egg

This makes a light and fluffy pancake. Mix dry ingredients, add the oil and mix thoroughly, beat two eggs and add to 1 cup milk, mix with dry ingredients. This 1 cup recipe makes pancakes for two adults, 12 -14 dollar size pancakes. Serve with peanut butter and homemade jam.

A Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

1-1/4 cups buttermilk | 2 tbsp oil | 1-1/4 cups flour | 1 egg, beaten | 1 tsp baking powder | 1/2 tsp soda | dash of salt

Mix ingredients, cook as described in Oatmeal Pancakes. If you use plain milk rather than buttermilk, adjust baking powder as described in Oatmeal Pancakes.

Breakfast Tacos1 cup cooked rice or fried potatoes | 1/8 - 1/4 lb sausage | chopped onion | corn or flour tortillas
| 2 eggs beaten | chopped jalapenos | hot sauce/salsa

Fry sausage (or bacon, or ham) with the onion and jalapenos and drain the grease. Add rice or potatoes, stir until hot, add beaten eggs, scramble together with the sausage. Meanwhile, heat the tortillas on a griddle or directly over a low flame. Divide sausage/rice mixture among the tortillas, add hot sauce/salsa, and/or cheese as desired. Makes 6-8 tacos. Variations: (1) smother with hot dog chili sauce. (2) Add fresh chopped tomatoes, and/or chopped black olives, and/or chopped green onion.

Breakfast Pizza

1 recipe pizza dough | 4 eggs | 1 cup hash brown potatoes | grated cheese |
1/2 lb sausage | 1/4 cup milk | salt and pepper

Cook sausage until browned, drain fat. Place pizza dough in an ungreased pan, spread melted butter on the dough. Spoon sausage over dough, sprinkle with potatoes, top with grated cheese. Mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour onto crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Breakfast Pockets

1 recipe bread dough | Ingredients similar to breakfast pizza

Divide the bread dough into small balls of dough about the size of a bun. Let rise, then roll into circles. Brush dough lightly with olive oil. Prepare filling, and put a couple of tablespoons of filling on each circle of dough. Lightly moisten the edge of the circle with water, and then fold over like a turnover pastry and seal the edges. Bake in a 425 degree oven until bread is done. Brush with melted butter after baking.

Tortillas and Eggs

This is a good way to make a few eggs go a long way. Fry some bacon or sausage, remove from pan and set aside. Tear corn tortillas into pieces (smaller pieces are better, say 8 pieces to the tortilla), saute in oil with chopped onion, garlic, and sliced jalapeno peppers. Saute for about 3-4 minutes. Beat 2 to 4 eggs, crumble sausage or bacon, and add meat and beaten eggs to tortillas, stirring constantly while the eggs scramble and set. For each egg, you can add 3-4 torn-up tortillas.

Crockpot Oatmeal

Put oatmeal, water, and raisins in a crockpot at night before you go to bed. Cook on low, it's ready in the morning. Add honey and milk to taste.



Robert Waldrop







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