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Karaage chicken and waffles on white plate

This Epic Karaage Chicken and Green Onion Waffles Recipe is Sweet, Spicy and Savoury

Inspired by Tokyo Hot Fried Chicken in Toronto, our Dining In spicy karaage chicken and green onion waffles features a quick and easy sesame-soy maple syrup and spicy mayo using a togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice blend you can find at most Asian supermarkets (if unavailable, you can substitute with a mixture of salt, chili powder and sesame seeds). Every bite is sweet, spicy and savoury, making for an exciting dish that can be eaten for brunch, lunch or dinner — and it’ll certainly impress anyone who tries it.

Karaage chicken and waffles on white plate

Spicy Karaage Chicken and Green Onion Waffles

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 waffles

Ingredients:

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp soy sauce, divided
2 Tbsp sake
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp + 1 Tbsp sesame oil, divided
½ cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp togarashi + more for seasoning
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4 green onions, thinly sliced + more for garnish
½ cup potato starch
½ cup cooking oil
4 tsp pickled ginger

Karaage chicken and waffles ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Pound chicken thighs to a ¼ -inch thickness using a meat mallet or bottom of a metal sauce pan. Place them in a medium bowl and add ¼ cup soy sauce, sake, garlic and ginger. Mix to combine and marinate chicken for 20 to 40 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make the sesame-soy maple syrup by combining maple syrup, remaining soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil in a small bowl. Set aside until serving.

Related: Fantastic Fried Chicken Recipes

3. Make spicy mayo by whisking together the mayonnaise and togarashi seasoning in a small bowl. Set aside until serving.

4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and remaining sesame oil. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk until smooth. Stir in sliced green onions and set aside.

5. Once chicken is done marinating, add potato starch to a large bowl. Using tongs, transfer chicken to potato starch, shaking any excess marinade off the chicken. Toss until chicken is evenly coated in the starch.

Related: These Waffle Recipes Will Make You Jump Right out of Bed

6. Heat cooking oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Once the oil is hot, carefully lay chicken thighs, one at a time, in the oil and fry for 3 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through. Cook in 2 to 3 batches, ensuring not to crowd the pan. When finished, rest the chicken on a cooling rack and season with togarashi.

Fried chicken on cooling rack

7. Cook waffles in a waffle maker until golden brown.

8. To assemble, lay a waffle on a medium plate. Arrange two chicken thighs overtop and drizzle generously in sesame soy maple syrup. Use a squeeze bottle (if available) to drizzle chicken with the spicy mayonnaise. Finish with pickled ginger and a sprinkling of green onions.

Karaage chicken and waffles being plated on white plate

Like Philip and Mystique’s chicken and waffles recipe? Try their Mexican-inspired taco burgers or their West Indian egg curry.

Watch the how-to video here:


Eggs pesto in carrot hash cups by Molly Yeh

Try Molly Yeh’s Healthy Twist on TikTok’s Latest Pesto and Eggs Breakfast Hack

Dubbed TikTok’s easiest breakfast hack, the pesto and eggs trend has swept the globe and has home cooks everywhere swapping in cooking oil with flavourful pesto instead. Registered dietitian Amy Wilichowski shows how to prep a breakfast toast with ricotta, smashed avocado, along with a pesto-infused sunny-side up egg, complete with salt, red pepper flakes and a little drizzle of honey.

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But if you’re looking to keep that distinct fragrant pesto flavour while ditching the dough, look no further than Molly Yeh’s super easy, yet delicious carrot hash with eggs and pesto. While Molly’s breakfast recipe includes a homemade nut-free pesto, you can swap in a pre-made one as well to speed up the process. If you’re making your own, be sure to keep those leafy carrot tops to add to your pesto (not only does this minimize food waste, it adds flavour to the Genoa, Italy-originating sauce). You can also skip the skillet and bake the hash in the oven instead to make it even healthier (Molly recommends a cast-iron biscuit pan but you can use a muffin pan as well). Molly’s recipe serves 8, so it’s also a great long weekend brunch idea that’s easy to make and share with your loved ones.

Molly Yeh's carrot hash with eggs and pesto on a plate

Carrot Hash With Eggs and Pesto

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 bunch carrots with tops (about 1 lb)
1 large russet potato (about 12.5 oz), peeled
3 scallions, white parts minced and green parts reserved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup golden raisins
3 Tbsp harissa
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground sumac
5 large eggs
1 ¾ cups plus 1 tbsp olive oil
20 fresh basil leaves
⅓ cup salted sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

2. Grate the carrots (set the tops aside — you will use them later) and potato in a food processor fitted with the shredding attachment. Transfer to a colander set over a large bowl and add the scallion whites and ½ tsp salt. Use your hands or a clean dish towel to squeeze as much moisture out as possible. Discard the liquid in the bowl, then add the carrot mixture to that bowl. Stir in the panko, raisins, harissa, brown sugar, cumin, sumac, 2 eggs, 1 ½ tsp salt and a bunch of grinds of black pepper (I did 20) until well combined.

Related: Our Most Popular Dinner Recipes in 2021 So Far (Feta Pasta Included!)

3. Heat ¼ cup of the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat (see Cook’s Note). Drop a small amount of the carrot mixture into the skillet. When it starts to sizzle, your oil is ready. Add the rest of the carrot mixture to the skillet and press down using the back of a spatula. Let cook, untouched, until the edges of the carrots turn a very deep golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Create 3 small divots in the top of the carrot mixture using the bottom of a measuring cup. Brush 1 Tbsp oil on top and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the carrots are set and the top is a deep golden brown, about 20 minutes.

4. Carefully crack the remaining 3 eggs into the divots and bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny, about 8 minutes. (Cracking the eggs into a small bowl and pouring them into the divots makes this part a little easier and less messy). Use a spatula to help slide the hash out of the skillet onto a serving platter.

Related: Food Network’s Rigatoni Pie is the OG TikTok Honeycomb Pasta (and Now We Want Both!)

5. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Roughly chop the carrot tops and scallion greens and add to the bowl of a food processor along with the basil, sunflower seeds, vinegar, garlic, 1 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Pulse until everything is very finely chopped. Slowly drizzle in the remaining 1 ½ cups oil and ¼ cup water until smooth and drizzly. Drizzle the pesto over the top of the hash and slice into wedges. Serve with the remaining pesto on the side.

Cook’s Note:
You can also cook the hash using a 7-cavity cast-iron biscuit pan. Preheat it in the oven for 15 minutes, then carefully press the carrot mixture equally into each of the molds, making a large well in the center of each. Brush with 1 Tbsp oil on top and bake until the carrots are set on top and deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Then carefully crack an egg into each divot and bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny, about 8 minutes. Serve them from the pan!

Watch the how-to video here:

Golden gooey monte cristo cut into half

This Clever TikTok Breakfast Hack Now Has Us Craving Monte Cristo Omelette Sandwiches

If you’ve seen the TikTok tortilla fold hack, then the breakfast challenge TikTok sandwich should come as no surprise. Where the wrap hack has @cookingwithayeh showing users how to divvy up a tortilla into quadrants for the ultimate fold, @foodqood‘s breakfast challenge sandwich similarly shows how to make an egg-and-cheese-based sandwich in the pan, with a few clever flips.

While that’s certainly one way to make a decadent, cheesy breakfast sandwich, it isn’t the only way. Known as the more savoury cousin to French toast and little brother to the béchamel-and-Gruyere-based croque monsieur, the Monte Cristo similarly offers delicious crisp on the outside and gooey-melty cheese on the inside. While this recipe includes both confectioners sugar and sliced ham, feel free to forgo or substitute either ingredient. It’s quick to make and easy enough for novice home cooks and pro chefs, alike.

A golden gooey monte cristo sandwich split in half

Related: Molly Yeh’s Bright, Spinach-Packed Spin on Eggs Benedict is Your New Brunch-Time Fave

Monte Cristo Omelette Sandwich

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 sandwich

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
Kosher salt
2 slices Swiss cheese
½ tsp Dijon mustard
½ Tbsp confectioners’ sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 slices sourdough or white bread
2 large slices ham

Directions:

1. Add the eggs, 1 Tbsp water and ¼ tsp salt to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Spread each cheese slice with ¼ tsp of the Dijon and set the slices mustard-side-up on a flat surface. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a small fine-mesh sieve set over a plate.

2. Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until melted and starting to brown around the edges of the pan. Add the egg mixture and swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Working quickly, dip 1 slice of the bread in the eggs, then flip the slice and place it so the top edge of the slice is near the edge of the pan furthest from you. Repeat with the remaining slice of bread, setting it across the pan from the first bread slice. The bottom edges of the two slices should be in a straight line, with eggs all around.

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3. Continue to cook the eggs until they are completely set on the bottom and mostly cooked on the top, 1 to 2 minutes more. Slide a large nonstick spatula under the bread and flip the whole omelet in one single motion. Set the cheese mustard-side up on top of the omelet, covering the bread. Lay the ham on top of one of the slices of cheese. Using the spatula, fold one side of the omelet (but not the bread side) over the cheese and ham, then fold over the other side. Fold in half so the bread slices meet and form a sandwich.

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4. Cook until the bread on the bottom is golden brown and the cheese is beginning to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the heat if the bread begins to darken too quickly before the cheese melts. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Set the sandwich on a plate and dust with the confectioners’ sugar.

Watch the how-to video here:

crustless quiche in white serving dish

Savour Spring Veggies With This Crustless Quiche Recipe

Quiche for breakfast? You bet! A great way to utilize your spring veggies is to use them in a quiche. I’ve used spinach, onion and zucchini here, but you can easily use whatever spring veggies you have on hand: asparagus, fiddleheads, kale, etc. You’ll love this crustless, low-carb flavourful quiche with smoky hints of paprika, the tartness of Dijon and the creamy texture of sharp Cheddar.

crustless quiche in white serving dish

Crustless Veggie Quiche

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil
1 medium zucchini, chopped
⅔ cups frozen spinach, defrosted
1 small onion, sliced
3 strips chicken bacon, chopped
6 large eggs
1 cup half and half
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp paprika
1 tsp Dijon mustard
⅔ cup sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
Chopped parsley, for garnish

crustless quiche ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a round 9-inch baking dish.

2. Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Saute the zucchini, spinach, onion and chicken bacon in the skillet for about 2 minutes, until cooked. Remove from heat and transfer the ingredients to the prepared baking dish.

crustless quiche ingredients cooking in pan

3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, paprika and mustard. Add in half of the cheddar cheese and whisk until incorporated. Pour the egg mixture into the prepared baking dish on top of the sauteed ingredients. Top with the remaining cheese.

Related: Quick and Easy Low-Carb Recipes From The Pioneer Woman

4. Bake for 35 minutes. Top with parsley and serve.

Like Valerie’s crustless quiche recipe? Try her healthy Sriracha-honey oven-fried chicken or her spicy vegan cassoulet.

Egg-in-a-hole breakfast with orange slices on white plate

Rise and Shine With This Scrumptious Prosciutto-Wrapped Egg-in-a-Hole Breakfast Recipe

Combine your egg and toast together as one with this prosciutto-wrapped egg-in-a-hole recipe. A delicious runny yolk wrapped in bacon-like prosciutto and baked in the center of a cheesy piece of toast is the best way to treat yourself in the morning. It’s simple, fun and something that everyone will enjoy!

Egg-in-a-hole breakfast with orange slices on white plate

Prosciutto-Wrapped Egg-in-a-Hole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:

¼ cup softened, salted butter
6 slices of prosciutto
6 medium eggs
Pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper
1 Tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped,
1 ACE Bakery® Three Cheese Oval

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Cut the bread loaf into six 1 ½-inch thick slices, discarding ends. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the bread from the centre of each slice and discard bread cut-outs (or set aside for extra dipping). Spread both sides of each cut-out slice of bread with a light coating of butter.

Related: The Best Ways to Prepare Eggs Around the World, From France to Japan

3. Place bread slices onto a lined baking sheet. Next, fold and layer in a slice of prosciutto so it cups the well like a cupcake liner. You’ll want the sides to stick out like a flower because it’s going to cradle the egg and the edges will crisp up in the oven.

4. Crack an egg into each of the wells and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and chives. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the egg whites are set, but the yolk is still soft like a poached egg. Serve warm and enjoy right away.

Watch the how-to video here:


Chickpea pancakes with fruit and maple syrup

You Won’t Believe These Fluffy Chickpea Pancakes Are Totally Gluten-Free

Can you think of a better way to start the day than with a stack of fluffy pancakes? These Baking Therapy chickpea pancakes are gluten-free and come together in no time. Bananas are mashed and folded into the batter to give the pancakes a touch of sweetness and the buttermilk helps give it height and a slight tang. Whip up a batch this weekend, you won’t regret it!

Chickpea pancakes with fruit and maple syrup

Banana Chickpea Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12-14 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 banana
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp butter + more for frying
1 ¼ cup chickpea flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Chickpea pancakes ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mash the banana. Whisk in the eggs, maple syrup, buttermilk and butter. Sift in the chickpea flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until the batter comes together.

Chickpea pancakes batter

2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low to medium heat. Melt about ½ Tbsp butter in the pan, scoop in about ¼ cup of pancake batter, cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges begin to set and the tops are bubbly. Flip and cook for another 1 minute. (To keep pancakes warm while cooking, place on a baking sheet in a 250°F oven).

Related: Unique and Tasty Ways to Eat Chickpeas

3. Top with berries and a drizzle of maple syrup!

Chickpea pancakes with fruit and maple syrup

Like Sabrina’s chickpea pancakes? Try her lemon poppy seed coconut buns or her rhubarb and sour cream streusel muffins.

Lemon poppy seed buns on countertop

Brighten Your Day With These Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Buns

Baking bread (or buns) may seem a little intimidating with kneading and proofing, but it doesn’t have to be! These Baking Therapy lemon poppy seed buns come together really easily — in less than two hours. They’re soft, fluffy and filled with a sweet coconut filling. Similar to making cinnamon rolls, but the dough is knotted, so you get lemon, poppy seed and coconut in every single bite. Yum yum!

Lemon poppy seed buns on countertop

Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Servings: 8 buns

Ingredients:

Lemon Poppy Seed Buns
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp instant yeast
¼ tsp salt
3 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp lemon zest
1 cup milk, warm
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 egg, beaten

Coconut Filling
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
Pinch salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Egg Wash
1 egg

Lemon Glaze
2 cups icing sugar
4-5 Tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest

Lemon poppy seed bun ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, instant yeast, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Whisk to combine. Add the warm milk, butter, egg and give it a quick mix with a fork to get the dough going. Attach the dough hook and mix for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a clean, large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to proof for 35-45 minutes, until doubled in size.

Lemon poppy seed bun dough on countertop

2. Prepare the filling: in a bowl, mix together the coconut, cornstarch, sugar, salt, lemon juice, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix to combine and set aside.

3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

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4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle, about 16 x 14 inches. Spread the filling evenly over top. Fold the dough over onto itself, you should have roughly 8 x 14-inch rectangle. With the folded edge closest to you, cut the dough into 8 equal portions, using a knife, pizza or pastry cutter. Grab one strip of dough, hold the ends and twist them in opposite directions and tie into a knot. Place the knotted buns 2-inches apart on baking sheets.

Lemon poppy seed bun dough on countertop

Lemon poppy seed buns being formed by hand

5. Cover with plastic and let rise for 20-30 minutes until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350°F.

6. Whisk 1 egg and brush the tops of the buns. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

7. Prepare the glaze: whisk together the icing sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest. Drizzle over top and enjoy!

Lemon poppy seed buns on countertop

Like Sabrina’s lemon poppy seed coconut buns? Try her key lime pie cupcakes or her rhubarb and sour cream streusel muffins.

Spring pea toast with ACE Bakery loaf of bread

Celebrate Sunnier Days With This Elevated Spring Lemon and Smashed Pea Toast

If you’re ready to dive into spring with a fresh new recipe, you’re going to love this smashed pea spring toast. The combination of seasonal veggies like peas, radishes and fresh herbs is a match made in food heaven. It’s light and refreshing — making it the perfect bite to welcome in the warmer months!

Spring pea toast with ACE Bakery loaf of bread

Spring Lemon and Smashed Pea Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh or frozen peas
2 cups fresh arugula
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
¼ tsp of sea salt and ground black pepper, divided
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1 small garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped
2 leaves fresh mint, thinly sliced
2 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced
Zest of 1 lemon
2 radishes, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp, crumbled feta
2 slices of ACE Bakery® Sliced Sourdough Miche

Directions:

1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Once water has reached a boil, add peas and cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft with a slight crunch, but still vibrant in colour.

2. While peas are cooking: in a medium mixing bowl, toss arugula with a squeeze of lemon, 1 tsp of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Related: The Tastiest Things You Can Put on Toast (That Isn’t Avocado)

3. Drain peas and add to a food processor, along with yogurt, remaining lemon juice, garlic, chives, mint, basil, lemon zest, as well as a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until slightly smooth with some texture from the peas. Set aside.

4. Place 2 slices of the ACE Bakery® Sliced Sourdough Miche on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Transfer to the oven to broil on high for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden and toasted. To assemble, spread on ½ cup of the mashed peas, layer on a handful of dressed arugula, as well as some sliced radishes and crumbled feta.

Watch the how-to video here:


Molly Yeh’s Bright, Spinach-Packed Spin on Eggs Benedict is Your New Brunch-Time Fave

Nothing says “brunch” better than a rich, runny egg-topped eggs benedict — but, as Molly Yeh shows us time and time again on Girl Meets Farm, you can always make a classic dish even yummier with a little creativity. Enter: Molly’s creamy, bright, veggie-packed twist on eggs benedict.

Starting with warm, crisp homemade pita bread as the base, Molly layers on plenty of flavour with sunny poached eggs, garlicky sauteed spinach and a rich, cheesy feta cream sauce. The mouth-watering sauce, which Molly calls “hollandaise’s sassy younger sister” gets a touch of sweet-meets-smoky kick from a dash of Aleppo pepper.

Related: Molly Yeh’s Bagel Salad Recipe is an Instant Brunch Classic

Pita and Greens Benedict With Feta Cream

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes (includes rising time)
Active Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings (Note: pitas yield 24 pitas)

Ingredients:

Benedict:
2 oz feta, crumbled
1/2 cup (113 g) whole milk Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper or paprika, plus more for sprinkling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 cloves garlic, sliced
6 oz spinach
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 large eggs
2 Pitas, halved, recipe follows

Pitas:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for the bowl
3 3/4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting (you may sub out 1 3/4 cups bread flour for 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour)
Nonstick cooking spray for the bowl, optional

Special Equipment: a high-speed blender

Related: Molly Yeh’s Spinach and Feta Rugelach Are a Savoury Twist on a Classic

Directions:

Benedict
1. Combine the feta, yogurt, Aleppo or paprika, a few turns of pepper and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a high-speed blender and blend until very smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use (this can be made a day or two in advance).

2. Heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute. Add the spinach, a few pinches of salt and 2 tablespoons water and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and wilted, about 4 minutes. (You may need to add the spinach in batches if it’s too much to fit in all at once.) Season with pepper and squeeze in the lemon juice. Turn the heat down to low just to keep this warm while you poach the eggs.

3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Crack the eggs one at a time into a small bowl, then carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water. Cook until the whites are firm but the yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove to a paper towel or clean kitchen towel to dry off any excess moisture.

4. Toast or grill the pitas. Drizzle with a little olive oil and top with the spinach and eggs. Spoon on the feta cream and sprinkle with fresh black pepper and a pinch of Aleppo or paprika. Enjoy!

Pitas
1. Mix together the warm water, yeast and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer running on low speed, add the salt and oil, then gradually add the flour. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix, adding just enough additional flour so that the dough no longer sticks to the bowl, until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky, 7 to 10 minutes. (Do not add too much flour.) Lightly coat a clean large bowl with oil or cooking spray, then place the dough in the bowl and turn it once or twice to coat it in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.

2. Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and divide it into 24 equal pieces. Mold each piece into a ball by stretching the top and tucking the edges under. Place the balls 1 inch apart on a piece of parchment paper, then cover them with plastic wrap and let them rise for 30 minutes.

Molly Yeh making her pita and greens benedict

3. Preheat the oven to 500ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. With a rolling pin, roll out the balls of dough into 3-inch circles, dusting with flour as needed. Place them on the lined baking sheets and bake until they’re puffy and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.

Cook’s Note: Leftovers are tasty and can be frozen and reheated in the toaster.

For more ideas on how to start your morning in the most delicious way, check out these breakfast recipes from Molly Yeh.

Watch Girl Meets Farm and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

Kardea Brown’s One-Pan Cheesy Baked Eggs Make Brunch a Breeze

Looking for a new recipe to add to your regular brunch rotation? As Kardea Brown shows us with this mouth-watering cheesy baked dish, it’s easy to elevate the humble egg with just a few basic ingredients. Chopped mustard greens, hash browns and various cheeses are tossed into a casserole dish alongside eggs for a hearty comfort food that’ll leave you belly full.

Related: Kardea Brown’s Pan Fried Collard Greens Are the Garlicky, Bacon-y Vegetable Side Dish of Your Dreams

Kardea Brown’s One-Pan Cheesy Baked Eggs

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yields: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups chopped mustard greens
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup baking mix, preferably Bisquick
2 cups grated sharp yellow Cheddar
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 cups frozen hash browns

Related: Kardea Brown’s Beef and Okra Stew is the Warming Dinner You Didn’t Know You Were Craving

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon softened butter.

2. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard greens, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper and saute just until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Miss Kardea Brown finishes her Cheesy Baked Eggs as seen on Delicious Miss Brown, Season 3.

3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, baking mix, 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper in a bowl until well incorporated. Stir in the mustard greens, cheeses and hash browns. Pour into the greased baking dish. Bake until puffed lightly, golden brown and soft-set in the middle, 45 to 50 minutes.

4. Cool slightly before slicing and serving warm.

Related: The Best Ways to Prepare Eggs Around the World, From France to Japan

Watch Delicious Miss Brown and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

Celebrate Canada Day With These Mini Bagels (and Epic BLT Bagel Board!)

When you think of Canadian cuisine, you likely think of poutine, maple syrup, smoked salmon, bannock — and Montreal-style bagels. And with Canada Day quickly approaching, I wanted to share a fun way to get the family involved to create these delicious mini bagels and an epic BLT bagel board. These Baking Therapy mini bagels are covered in white and black sesame seeds and perfectly chewy on the inside. Once you try your hand at homemade bagels, you’ll be making them every single weekend!

Mini Bagels

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Rest Time: 10 hours (or overnight) plus 10 minutes
Bake Time: 13-15 minutes
Total Time: 11 hours
Servings: 15 mini bagels

Ingredients:

Dough
250ml warm water
2 tsp honey
2 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups bread flour
1 Tbsp neutral oil
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ cup white sesame seeds (optional)
¼ cup black sesame seeds (optional)

Boil
1 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tbsp honey

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, mix together the water, honey and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.

2. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the bread flour, oil and salt. Mix on medium-low for 10 minutes until dough is soft, smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball, cover with a bowl and rest for 10 minutes.

Related: 12 Canadian First Nations Recipes to Make for National Indigenous Peoples Month

3. Portion the dough into equal portions (15 x 45-50 gram balls). Roll each piece of dough against a non-floured surface to create smooth, round dough balls. Place the dough balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet, cover with plastic and chill in fridge for at least 10 hours or overnight.

4. Remove the tray from the fridge and let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the baking soda and honey.

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6. To shape the bagels, grab a piece of dough, slightly flatten. Grab the edge furthest from you and fold the dough over itself and continue to roll the dough over into a log. Roll to about 6 inches long, wrap around your finger as though tying a knot. Pinch the seams together to seal. Give it one last roll to smooth everything out. Place on a parchment-lined sheet.

7. Turn the heat down to medium and keep at a rolling boil. Drop the bagels in (5-6 at a time), boil for 1 minute per side. Transfer to a cooling rack and while the bagels are still hot and sticky, press them into the sesame seeds. Place the bagels back on the parchment lined sheet and bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes until lightly golden brown.

8. Enjoy as a breakfast sandwich, as part of a BLT bagel board or simply with a little cream cheese. Bagel board suggestions include: crispy bacon, boiled eggs, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, avocado, cucumbers, red onion, cream cheese and dijon mustard.

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.

Molly Yeh’s Bagel Salad Recipe is an Instant Brunch Classic

Salad has officially become the hottest addition to your brunch spread thanks to this colourful and creative dish straight from Molly Yeh‘s kitchen. Toasted everything bagel croutons, sliced egg, tomato, cucumber, red onion and nuggets of cream cheese rolled in everything bagel seasoning are nestled on a bed of vibrant greens, then topped with a homemade honey-Dijon dressing. You’ll never see salad the same way again (we’re talking to you, skeptics!) after just one bite of this instant brunch classic.

Related: Start Your Day the Molly Yeh Way With These Breakfast Recipes

Molly Yeh’s Bagel Salad Recipe

Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves:
4

Dressing Ingredients:
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 scallions, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad Ingredients:
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 large everything bagels, torn into bite-sized pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
2 Tbsp everything bagel topping (see Cook’s Note)
4 oz cream cheese (1/2 block), cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
5 oz mixed baby greens
4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 scallions, chopped
4 sprigs fresh dill, leaves only

Cook’s Note: Store-bought everything bagel topping will absolutely work; however, some brands are extremely heavy on the salt and should be avoided for this recipe. It’s super easy to make your own everything bagel topping though: Simply combine equal parts dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, poppy seeds and sesame seeds, then add a pinch of kosher salt. You can also add a few pinches of caraway seeds and/or black sesame seeds if you’d like!

Related: Shaker Things Up: These Healthy Salt Substitutes Are the Real Deal

Dressing Directions:

1. Whisk together the lemon juice, Dijon and honey in a small bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until creamy. Stir in the scallions and season with salt and pepper.

Related: Molly Yeh’s Chicken Shawarma Tacos Will Satisfy Your Late Night Takeout Craving at Home

Salad Directions:

1. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bagels and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and crispy on the outside, about 7 minutes (they’ll still be a little chewy on the inside, but that’s good). Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with salt and set aside.

2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice water bath. Carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water, reduce to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes. Transfer to the ice bath to cool (or run under cold water for a little). Peel and slice into halves or quarters.

3. Place the everything bagel topping in a bowl. Roll the cream cheese cubes into little balls with your hands and then roll them around in the everything bagel topping.

4. On a serving plate, arrange the mixed greens. Top with the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bagel croutons, cream cheese balls, eggs, scallions, dill, a few pinches of salt and a few turns of pepper. Drizzle with the dressing.

Get to know the cookbook author and blogger behind Girl Meets Farm with the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Molly Yeh.

Watch Girl Meets Farm and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

The Whole Family Will Jump Right out of Bed for These Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Love the smell and flavour of cinnamon? Then these muffins — a moist yogurt-based vanilla cake with a crumbly cinnamon streusel — are for you. But, wait! There isn’t just a topping of streusel. There’s also a hidden layer inside each muffin to ensure you get a hint of cinnamon in each bite. This recipe will work with both plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, but I highly recommend using the full fat variety for maximum flavour. If the aroma of these muffins cooking doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning, we don’t know what will.

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

Muffins
¾ cups unsalted butter, melted
¾ cups light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Streusel
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch fine salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tray with 12 liners.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs, vanilla and yogurt until well blended.

3. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir until ingredients come together.

4. Scoop a heaping Tbsp of the batter into each muffin liner.

Related: Start Your Morning on a Sweet Note With These Gooey Cinnamon Buns

5. For the streusel: in a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine. Using your hands, work in the butter until a crumb mixture is formed.

6. On top of the batter already in the muffin tray, sprinkle with a heaping tsp of the streusel mixture.

7. Divide the remaining batter on top of the 12 muffins, followed by the remaining streusel mixture.

8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Tip: Drizzle with vanilla glaze if desired! To make the vanilla glaze, simply whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp cream and 1 tsp vanilla extract until smooth. If mixture appears thick, add more cream. If mixture appears thin, add more powdered sugar.

Love this muffin recipe? These lemon meringue cupcakes and matcha and white chocolate oat muffins will surely satisfy too.

How To Host a Top Chef Canada-Worthy Drag Brunch at Home

This week’s episode of Top Chef Canada turned the party with its seamless blend of drag artistry and culinary skills.

With the eighth season of the hit series well underway, the diverse cast of culinary warriors have embarked on plenty of intense challenges already. This week, however, the chefs were challenged to a fabulously unique Quickfire Challenge that focused on creating a scrumptious drag brunch – and it gave us life! Spoiler Alert: You’ll want to watch this week’s episode, Drag Brunch, before reading any further to avoid spoilers.

Related: Recap the Top Moments From Top Chef Canada

For the uninitiated, drag brunches are increasingly popular Sunday morning staples in most major cities – an entertaining way to enjoy your eggs and down some mimosas while taking in a live comedy and lip-sync performance extravaganza from a local queen. In light of recent circumstances, however, drag artists have taken the internet by storm, streaming live performances to their loyal fans. (All you need to do is Google your favourite queen or visit their Instagram page to check out their upcoming schedules.)

And so, with Toronto-based drag artists Baby Bel Bel and Miss Moco looking on, the chefs offered up plenty of opulent eats that left us drooling.

Dominique, Adrian and Jo came out on top with their cinnamon and orange zest-themed eats. With that team’s convincing win in mind, we’re sharing our recipes for a fancy drag brunch based on the winning team’s recipes – albeit easier and less time-consuming (we can’t all be top chefs, after all).

Related: What Famous Food Dish From Top Chef Canada Should You Make?

Dominique’s first course: Scotch Quail Egg with Radicchio Salad with Spiced Orange Vinaigrette

Try it Yourself: Scotch Egg

Don’t have quail eggs on hand to mirror Dominique’s dish? Fear not! There’s nothing wrong with a deliciously simple regular egg instead. Pair your homemade breaded Scotch Egg with a light salad if you’re feeling particularly peckish.

Try it Yourself: Brunch Frittata

Treat yourself to a low-key drag brunch by combining tomatoes, asparagus, herbs and goat cheese for a dish that’s ready in less than 30 minutes – leaving you plenty of time to queue up a drag queen performance to stream live.

Adrian’s second course: Allspice French Toast Orange Peel-Infused Fried Chicken with Scotch Bonnet, Rosehip and Ginger Syrup

Try it Yourself: Biscuit French Toast with Cinnamon-Orange Cane Syrup

If straight-up French Toast isn’t your jam, you can still stick to Adrian’s southern comfort food theme by crafting this mouth-watering biscuit-inspired version.

Try it Yourself: Fried Chicken with Wild Rice Waffles and Pink Peppercorn Sauce

Before you take in all those sickening death drops on your drag brunch livestream, curl up with some crispy fried chicken on homemade waffles that will leave you feeling full right up to dinner.

Jo’s third course: Carrot Cake Scone with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts

Try it Yourself: Waffled Carrot Cake

If you didn’t opt for waffles in the second course, there are still opportunities to save the best for last.  Elevate the average waffle with carrot cake-infused cream cheese frosting and roughly chopped pecans for a drag brunch that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Try it Yourself: Bacon-Cranberry Scones with Citrus Basil Butter

If you’re not a fan of carrot cake, try these savoury scones you can enjoy with your second (or third) cup of coffee or tea.

Watch Top Chef Canada Mondays at 10ep and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.

Celebrate Mom With This Epic Mother’s Day Brunch Waffle Platter

Your Mother’s Day plans may look a little different this year: whether you’re celebrating in person or virtually, we have an epic, inspiring, gorgeous spread that screams “we love you, mom!” It’s a beautiful brunch platter, similar to how you would construct a cheese or charcuterie board, but this time, it’s centred around waffles. The batter in this recipe calls for gluten-free buckwheat flour (one of our favourites) but you can easily swap it for spelt, whole wheat or all-purpose if that’s what you prefer or have on hand. Now, it’s time to learn how to make the sweetest morning spread for that special lady in your life. (Don’t forget the card!).

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Power Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes per waffle
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 3 waffles

Ingredients:

1 cup buckwheat flour
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch sea salt
1 egg
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 cup dairy-free milk (or milk or water)

Related: These Waffle Recipes Will Make You Jump Right Out of Bed

Directions:

1. Plug in your waffle iron.

2. Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl.

3. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

4. Pour the dry into the wet and whisk until a batter comes together.

5. Once the waffle iron is hot, scoop about ⅓ cup batter onto the iron, close it and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Or whenever your waffle maker tells you it’s ready! Ours has a handy green light that lets us know the waffle is cooked.

Select Your Toppings

This is where you can let your creativity shine, adding your favourite toppings and bringing as much colour and texture onto the board as possible. If you have little ones, include them in the process too, let them pick their favourite ingredients to cascade around the board.

Remember to include both sweet and savoury toppings and to cut everything into bite-sized pieces (or put out knives so they can be sliced!). You want this to be captivating for the eye but you also want everything to be edible. We once went to a party where they placed whole apples on their charcuterie board — who was going to chomp on a whole apple at a party?! Be realistic and mindful of portion size.

Related: 20 Simple Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes That’ll Still Impress

Here are examples of toppings we think would be amazing, but just choose a few, there’s no need to go overboard.

Fresh Fruit and Veg: Apples, pears, mango, pineapple, bananas, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, purple and green grapes, oranges, radishes, carrots, cucumbers, capers, olives, cherry tomatoes with feta, fresh basil or mint leaves.

Protein: Hardboiled eggs or soft-boiled eggs in cups, sausage or bacon, lox or smoked salmon, cheese (like gouda, goat, crumbled feta).

Pantry Items: Dried fruit (like mango, dates, raisins, craisins), chocolate chips or cacao nibs, coconut chips, roughly chopped nuts (like pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, granola.

Spreads/Syrups: Maple syrup, honey, peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, jams, chocolate spread, yogurt.

Assemble Your Board

1. To assemble the board, get all of your ingredients ready first, including waffles, toppings and the dishes you want to place ingredients in, like small bowls, cups and spoons.

2. Find a big board and start with the waffles, place them in different areas around the board and stack a few to create levels.

3. Next, add the fresh fruit in small piles around the board. You can also mix some of the fruit together.

4. Then, add in the protein, if you’re using any. Find open spaces and add some cheese over here and a few eggs there. If you’re using lox or something that’s very overpowering and you don’t want it to touch the other ingredients, place it in a bowl or on a plate and then onto or next to the board.

5. Fill the gaps with the pantry items like dried fruit, nuts and seeds.

6. Finally, add the little cups or bowls of syrups and spreads. These can be on the board or beside the board depending on how much space you have. Remember to include appropriate knives or spoons with the dishes.

7. If you still feel like it’s not complete, add a bit more colourful fruit, which will most definitely seal the deal.

Want more recipes that’ll impress mom? Whip up a batch of fudgy sweet potato brownies or lemon meringue cupcakes.

Start Your Morning on a Sweet Note With These Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Craving the perfect morning breakfast treat? These fluffy, chewy, golden brown Baking Therapy cinnamon buns, smothered in the most addictive brown butter cream cheese icing will surely do the trick. This is an overnight dough, which means you can make these tonight to enjoy tomorrow. What are you waiting for?

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls With Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 12 hours
Bake Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 13 hours, 18 minutes
Servings: 8 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

Dough
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
¼ cup white sugar, divided
3 ½ cup bread flour
¾ tsp kosher salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten

Filling
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Icing
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 ¼ cup icing sugar
Pinch kosher salt
1 Tbsp heavy cream
½ tsp vanilla extract

Related: No Fresh Fruit? Bake These Tasty Sweet Treats With Jam and Jelly

Directions:

Dough
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yeast, milk and 1 Tbsp of white sugar. Cover with a kitchen towel and let proof for 5-10 minutes until foamy.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the bread flour, remaining white sugar and salt.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the milk mixture and dry ingredients. On low, slowly stream in the butter and eggs. Once the dough starts to come together, switch to the dough attachment and knead on low for 10 minutes until soft and smooth. Form the dough into a round ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let proof overnight.

Filling
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar and ground cinnamon. In another bowl, melt the butter and set aside to cool.

Assembly
1. Butter a 10-inch round pan or any pan of your choice and set aside.

2. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, lightly flour your rolling pin and roll out into a rectangle (about 17 x 14 inches).

3. Brush the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle generously with the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Leave about a 1 cm border to allow the dough to adhere to each other when rolled.

4. Start with the longest edge nearest to you, tightly roll the dough away from you into a firm log. Pinch the seams together and set the log seam side down.

5. With a serrated knife or unflavoured dental floss, trim off the ends and cut the dough into 2-inch rolls — you should get about 7-8 rolls. Transfer the rolls to the greased pan, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for another 15-20 minutes, until they’ve doubled in size.

6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 35-38 minute until golden brown and bubbly.

Related: Overnight French Toast, Plus More Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Icing
1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and cook over medium-high heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until it gets foamy and turns a beautiful golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set in the fridge to cool and slightly solidify.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the cream cheese and brown butter. Add the icing sugar, salt, heavy cream and vanilla and whip for 30 seconds until light and fluffy.

3. Spread the brown butter icing on the cinnamon buns as soon as it comes out of the oven. Serve warm.

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls.

Watch out for Sabrina’s baking videos on the Food Network Canada Instagram account.


 

An Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake for the Perfect Winter Morning

This comforting, fragrant French toast bake is the best way to wake up on Christmas morning. It can be prepared the night before and baked fresh the next day. Just a little bit easier than standing over a griddle and individually frying each slice of French toast! The egg mixture features traditional gingerbread spices (which scents the whole house as it bakes) and the cranberry adds a hint of tartness. For best results, use a day old loaf of bread as it soaks up the liquid better.

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:

1 loaf country bread, cut into 1/2 thick slices
8 large eggs, whisked
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch fine salt
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped (optional)
1/2 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
Powdered sugar, for serving
Maple syrup, for serving

Directions:

1. Grease a 9×12 baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in two rows, overlapping each other.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and salt.

3. Pour mixture evenly over the bread, gently pressing the slices down to soak up the liquid. Sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. If bread begins to brown too quickly, cover the top with foil and continue baking.

5. Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.

We’ve got more easy, ultra-appetizing holiday brunch recipes to bookmark this year, from these 25 standout dishes that’ll feed a crowd to healthier recipes guests will still devour (especially after a night of indulging).

How to Brunch Like Big Food Bucket List’s John Catucci

Is there really any better meal than brunch? Think about it. Not only does it give you the chance to sleep in a bit, but it’s the one time of day where a boozy mimosa or Caesar is perfectly acceptable, mixing salty, fatty foods like sausage and bacon with sweet French toast or pancakes is the norm, and there’s a never-ending pot of coffee or tea ready for the taking.

The brunch crowd is taking over food tourism by storm and it’s no wonder: people are being more fun and creative with their offerings, taking brunch plates everywhere to new and delicious heights.

See more: From Brunch to Date Night: Bucket List Restaurants for Every Occasion

So what does Big Bucket Food List host John Catucci look for in a hot brunch spot? A place that takes the time to elevate their dishes by actually making certain staples, like bacon or bread, in-house.

“If I have the morning off and I’m going to go for brunch, I will seek out those places,” he says. “Anybody can put eggs on a plate with toast… but if they’re curing their own bacon and baking their own bread or donuts I will seek them out.”

Catucci certainly had the opportunity to do exactly that on Big Food Bucket List, when he highlighted delicious brunch spots across North America. One of his absolute favourites was right here in Canada, at Calgary’s Monki Breakfastclub & Bistro.

There, the chefs get creative with things like an array of eggs benedict plates, which are served with either classic or prosecco hollandaise (yup, prosecco!) and can be ordered to enjoy on a waffle instead of an English muffin.


Monki Bistro’s Brisket Benedict with Prosecco Hollandaise

“They put like a beet-root sauce in there so that the hollandaise was pink. It was so much fun,” Catucci says. “And then they use brisket instead of back bacon on their eggs benedict. That was a real fun sort of change.”

Another gem that Catucci tried from Monki’s was a seriously sweet rendition of French toast—the Hazelnut Chocolate French Toast, which comes stuffed with a banana and Frangelico cream mixture that we just want to eat with a spoon. As if that weren’t sinful enough, the entire concoction is then pan-fried in an egg-wash, slathered with a hazelnut chocolate sauce, and made to look like a perfectly decorated cake.


Monki Bistro’s Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast

It’s hard to imagine forking your way through that dish in just one seating, but the plate is also far from the most stacked Catucci saw on the series. Over in Earltown, NS he also sampled the Wild About Blueberry Pancakes at Sugar Moon Farm, which have been voted best in the country. Considering the buttermilk pancakes come piled with blueberries and a maple whipped cream made from in-house maple syrup, we can see why. Served with a side of smoked bacon, there’s really nothing else we need in our lives.


Sugar Moon’s Wild About Blueberries Pancakes

Then there are the brunch places that totally twist traditional brunch dishes, like chicken and waffles, in a whole new way. Like in Boston, where Saltie Girl makes good use of its proximity to the water with a Fried Lobster & Waffles dish that we’d dive into for days. Who wouldn’t, with that light but golden brown batter on delicate chunks of lobster and a perfectly turned waffle? Add in some of the restaurant’s signature spicy maple syrup and this is a dish you dream of for days after consuming it.


Saltie Girl’s Fried Lobster and Waffles

Of course, it’s impossible to talk about brunch without also bringing up one of the most creative food cities in the world—New Orleans. Sure, the destination may be known for some of the best fried chicken and creole-spiced anything around, but Catucci also sought out mouth-watering brunch dishes at Brennan’s, a spot that’s so popular it’s dubbed a “New Orleans tradition.” Breakfast there is so much so their jam that they even offer two-course breakfast dishes.

So what did Catucci flock to on the menu? A dish called Eggs Cardinal, which may be a cardinal sin to enjoy so much. If you’re a fan of eggs benedict, this thing is next-level as it uses a crispy shrimp boudin (a type of sausage) as the base. It’s made using a mixture that includes shrimp, peppers, creole spice, and onion before it’s smoked, covered in panko and fried. They then place a perfectly poached egg on top and douse the thing in hollandaise sauce, giving you the most perfect mix of salty, crispy, creamy, and saucy brunch possible.


Brennan’s Eggs Cardinal

It’s probably a good thing we can’t eat it every day, because we totally would. Wouldn’t you?

Ah, the #BrunchLife.

Watch Big Food Bucket List Fridays at 9 PM and 9:30 PM ET.

Conquer Brunch With This Make-Ahead Veggie Strata and Sourdough Bread

You can never go wrong when serving your guests a hearty, veggie-packed breakfast casserole topped with melted, gooey goat cheese. Stratas are usually reserved for birthdays, Mother’s Day or Easter brunches, simply because they easily feed a crowd and can be fully prepped ahead of time; so no fuss, no muss when entertaining guests. Make this the day before and pop it into the oven when it’s go-time. What makes this strata even more special is that it’s made with sourdough bread, an artisan-style loaf that is easy to digest and adds incredible texture and bite.

Make-Ahead Vegetable Strata With Sourdough Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:

½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 zucchini, sliced into thin circles
1 ½ cups chopped kale or baby kale
1 ½ tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh thyme
½ tsp sea salt
Pinch of pepper
6 eggs
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
4 cups sourdough loaf cut into 1 inch cubes
4-6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:

1. Place a skillet on medium heat, coat the bottom with extra virgin olive oil and add the onions. Stir occasionally and allow them to cook for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.
2. Add the cherry tomatoes and zucchini and let them cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the kale, thyme, sea salt and pepper. Stir until the kale begins to wilt.
4. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and dairy-free milk.
5. In a large casserole dish (9×13), coat the bottom with a little olive oil, spread ½ the bread on the bottom, top with ½ of the veggies, then layer the rest of the bread and veggies on top.

6. Pour the egg and milk mixture over and crumble the goat cheese on top, nestling some pieces underneath the bread cubes.
7. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. It can be left in the fridge for up to one day.
8. When you’re ready to bake, heat your oven to 350°F, place the uncovered strata in the oven for 45-50 minutes until it starts to bubble up and crisp.

This Make-Ahead Veggie Strata & Sourdough Bread

Still salivating? Here are 25 more crowd-pleasing brunch recipes and 15 sheet pan breakfast bakes that promise to please!

How to Make 5-Ingredient Cinnamon Buns in Just 5 Easy Steps

This is my great-aunt’s method of making cinnamon buns, which is so easy that even kids can help. When I was young, it was always my job to grease the pan with butter before the buns went into the oven. Added bonus: with just five ingredients and five steps, it is so easy!

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Easy Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients:

Flour for dusting
Ready-made dough, homemade or store-bought
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup soft butter + more for greasing
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon

Equipment:

Rolling Pin
Pastry Brush
Sharp Knife
Tea Towel

Directions:

1. On a floured work surface, using rolling pin, roll out dough to about ½-inch thickness, forming a rectangle.

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2. Mix together brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until very soft, but not melted. Using pastry brush, brush dough with brown sugar mixture. Gently roll up dough, jelly roll–style, ending with seam side down.

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3. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1-inch thick slices.

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4. Place, cut side down, in a well greased 13×9-inch baking dish. (Aunt Lucy would hand me an empty butter foil to scoop up soft butter with and smear inside the pan.) Cover with a tea towel; let rise until doubled in size, about 25 to 30 minutes.

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5. Bake in 350°F oven until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly. Carefully turn buns out onto parchment or waxed paper. They should come out as one piece with gooey cinnamon-sugar sauce resting on top.

Published February 23, 2017, Updated February 8, 2019

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