Egg Boats!

One of the special things about owning a restaurant is the opportunity to bless others through what we have to offer. I love getting to be part of our community and of people’s lives just by doing what I do. We are often arranging dine-to-donate nights to benefit local charities and organizations.  (some examples)

http://humanesocietycentraltexas.org/

http://www.caritas-waco.org/

http://campgladiator.com/waco/

We are also able to donate meals to those less fortunate through the Salvation Army and my church. It is such a great thing to be able to meet people’s needs through my daily work.

One of the things we do is to provide a breakfast meal for the worship leaders at my church. My church has been such a blessing to me. It has supported and loved me through some really difficult times and they are great supporters of The Olive Branch. This Sunday morning breakfast is a small way to give back to a really special community.

We try to be creative in the meals we offer them. It is really easy to get stuck in the pastry rut. I mean, doesn’t everyone eat donuts on Sunday mornings? LOL To combat repetition we try to get as inventive as possible with what we have in the kitchen. Sometimes it is a little like pretending to be on “Chopped…” http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2013/05/watch-food-network-stars-reveal-their-nightmare-chopped-ingredients/ But, you know, with normal ingredients!

One Sunday morning I opened the refrigerator to find some leftover twice baked potatoes. Score!!! I scooped out the seasoned filling,

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lined the potato with a strip of cooked bacon,

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shredded cheese and cracked an egg on top.

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I popped the potato/egg “boats” into the oven and cooked them until the egg was done and the potato was reheated.  While baking, I reheated the potato filling in the microwave and scooped it back on top of the egg boat.  An instant breakfast favorite!

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These would be perfect for a breakfast buffet or a kid friendly brunch. Next time you are baking potatoes toss a couple of extra into the oven. They will keep (unwrapped) in the frig for several days. Then you can create some of these breakfast treats “on a whim” one Saturday morning. Your family and friends will think you’re a genius!

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