Christmas leftover brunch buffet

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Making Christmas dinner is always a fun day, and when the family is setting around eating and enjoying the offerings that you have made for them it’s always a very satisfying feeling. However, my favorite part of holiday cooking is making something new and different with the leftovers. Behold the holiday brunch buffet!
Lets face it, you have a lot of leftover food, and at some point making a sandwich for the fourth time, no matter how good the ham is gets a little old. So spice it up a little and make a leftover frittata. You can really use anything in a frittata dependent upon the leftovers you have in the fridge.

What you’ll need:

8 Eggs
Leftover Ham, diced
6-8 spoonfuls of leftover broccoli casserole
6-8 spoonfuls of leftover mac and cheese
6-8 spoonfuls of leftover dressing
3 Tbsp butter
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Leftover gravy (warmed and set to the side)

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degree’s and putting a cast iron skillet on to the stove over medium heat, and add the butter so it will begin to melt. Cut enough of the ham up in to small pieces to cover the bottom of the skillet and place them in the skillet and allow them to start heating through.
Add the spoonfuls of the leftover foods, broccoli casserole, mac and cheese, and dressing.
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Crack the eggs in to a bowl, season them with salt and pepper and then whisk them together.
Stir the food in the skillet as it warms through, then level it off so that everything is about the same depth. Pour the eggs in the skillet making sure all of the cracks and crevices are filled in throughout the skillet. At this point it is really important to not touch anything in the skillet, just let the eggs begin to cook.
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Keep a close eye on the skillet as you should begin to see the eggs bubble in different areas of the skillet (5-7 minutes). When this happens, transfer the skillet to the oven and let it bake for about an additional 10-15 minutes. You will know that it is done when you grab the handle of the skillet and shake it back and forth and the center of the frittata is set. If it still looks loose, you need to let it cook for a few more minutes.
Once it is cooked through remove it from the oven and place it on the stove top to allow it to rest/set. After about 8-10 minutes you will be able to run a spatula around the side of the frittata and take it out of the skillet in one piece and place it on a serving platter. Cut it in to however many pieces you like, and place the warm bowl of gravy beside of it.
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If your going to go for the full blown brunch buffet you may want to include some other items for people to chose from. I put out everything “cold” that we have leftover. This morning it was pasta salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, cold turkey, which I also put a loaf a bread out, miracle whip, and pickles to make it easy to build a cold turkey sandwich. And of course you have to have some dessert options.
This part of holiday cooking means as much to me if not more than the big dinner does. This is an opportunity¬†for just those of us who live in the house to have another chance to eat a special meal together. It’s very little work, and worth a lot more than the effort you have to put it to it.

Keep in mind that there aren’t really any set rules for making the frittata, I make these all the time using a wide variety of ingredients and following the same steps listed above.
Give something like this a shot before everyone in the house goes back to the day to day work schedule, school or whatever else you have going on that takes away from time together.

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French Onion Soup

On a cool fall day, sometimes one of the most enjoyable things you can make is French Onion Soup. I decided to do that today, and also keep notes on how I make it here at home to share here. I hope you enjoy!

What you need:

1 Bag of onions (3lb)

¬Ĺ Cup Red wine

4 Quarts of Beef Stock

1 Stick of butter

3 tsp of AP Flour

1 Bunch of Thyme

1 Bay leaf

Croutons (Preferably home made)

Provolone cheese (One slice per bowl)

Kosher Salt and Black pepper to taste

To start get all of the onions ready to slice, then slice them and place them aside in a large bowl. When I make this I use two different pots. The first is just used to cook down the onions, it has a thicker bottom and is a lot easier to control the temperature that the onions are cooking at. However, it isn’t large enough to hold the whole batch of soup, so once I cook down the onions I transfer them to a larger pot to simmer

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Let the first pot get warm on the stove top then add the butter, and let it melt completely. After that place all of the onions in to the pot, season with salt and pepper add the thyme and let them cook, make sure you stir them occasionally so that all of the onions get cooked through. I generally let them cook down for about 90 minutes. You don’t want the heat to be too high, but you do want them to simmer.

Once the onions have cooked down to where they are nice and soft I sprinkle the flour over the onions, stir everything well then add the bay leaf and red wine, then bring the pot back to a simmer, let this simmer for about 15 minutes. It is at this time that I put the beef stock in to the second pot and bring it to a boil. Pour the onions in to the larger pot and bring this pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer. Let this simmer for at least two hours.

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When you’re ready to serve the soup make sure your broiler is on in your oven. Put a ladle of soup in to the bowl, and drop some croutons on top of of it, cover with the cheese and place it in the oven under the broiler. Once the cheese has melted and starts to bubble, remove from the oven and enjoy!

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