By Ginger Isham
My husband always said breakfast was his best meal of the day. A good breakfast gave him the energy needed to work on the farm. The cold weather tells us we need a hearty breakfast, too. The following recipes can easily replace a breakfast out and are better for you.
Turkey and Apple Sausage Patties
(from Eating Well Cookbook, 1994)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tart apples, peeled and grated
1 pound ground turkey (breast or other parts)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons dried sage
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon EACH nutmeg and allspice
Heat oil in a pan, add onions and sauté until soft. Add apples and cook until tender. Place in a bowl to cool. Add ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg whites and spices. Mix well. Divide mixture into 16 portions and shape into patties. Bake in 450-degree oven until outside is golden brown and inside no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Can make ahead and freeze then bake about 20 minutes.
A heavy non-stick skillet works best for these potatoes. I use an iron skillet.
3 medium potatoes (Russets or other kind) peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
pinch of salt and paprika (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
Cook potatoes in lightly salted water until tender. Cool and cut into cubes. Heat oil in skillet and sauté onions. Add potatoes and sauté until golden brown, about 12 minutes, over medium heat.
Add seasonings. Stir in parsley last.
Baked Eggs Easy
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mix different kinds of cheese
3 tablespoons chopped onion
small slivers of cooked ham, crisp bacon bits, etc. (optional)
Beat all together and add pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into an oiled 8×8-inch baking dish. Bake in 325-degree oven for about 40 minutes.
Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.