Special Food Network menu attempt: Boy Meets Grill Labor Day

BrunchIn the last post, I alluded to a special menu that a friend of mine and I were preparing for Labor Day Brunch, and I must give us a round of applause.  We attempted a couple of items from Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill brunch episode in the Labor Day marathon.  We made cheesy eggs and blueberry honey butter for biscuits.  The original accompanyment for the butter was corn muffins, but the biscuits were only 44 cents at the grocery store, so who can pass that up.  Although the corn muffins would have perhaps been better for the butter. 

The eggs were great and pretty easy to make.  I always forget how much you can do with eggs.  I get worried that when I add cheese to eggs, the cheese will burn and get stuck to the pan.  The cheese never does this, but I still worry.  This time we used goat cheese, which is creamier than say a cheddar, so it added more of a creamyness as opposed to a cheesey, gooeyness.  It was delicious.  You also might be tepmted to take out the jalapeno if you don't like heat, but please don't.  It definitley adds a much needed kick and you need to give it a try.  Just don't put too much in it. 

The butter was good, too.  It was more of a method for the butter.  I now see how they make things like garlic butter, honey butter, chive butter, etc.  It's simple.  Take whatever you want to turn into butter and stick it in the food processor.  Then add the butter and blend away.  It's so easy, I couldn't screw it up if I tried, although I don't usually need to try to screw things up, it just sort of happens. 

All in all, the brunch was delicious.  A Bloody Mary makes a perfect addition to the brunch.  If you don't want any alcohol for breakfast, Virgin Mary's are great, too.  In fact, I think I prefer them at 10 in the morning, but to each their own I guess.

Who else had a bruch they'd like to tell my about?  I'm always looking for good brunch ideas.  There's nothing better on a lazy weekend then a huge spread of delicious and pretty food.


Weekly Recipe Attempt: Boy Meets Grill

BruschettaThis week's recipe came from August 10th's, Boy Meets Grill with Bobby Flay.  It was Black Pepper-Basil Farmer's Cheese Bruschetta with Tomato.  The biggest difference between my method of making this and Flay's method was the fact that I used a grill pan as opposed to an actual live-flame grill.  It was just easier for me and I wasn't making a billion little bruschettas, I was only making a few, six exactly.  I also don't have a very big food processor.  It's one of those tiny personal sized ones and made mixing the cheese spread a chore.  I probably won't make another recipe like this until I get a grown up food processor.  I'm taking donations if you have an extra food processor laying around.

Back to the dish.  It looks good, doesn't it?  Well I do have to confess and warn that the cheese is misleadingly salty.  I know, I know, you are supposed to taste things before you add salt, but like a true novice, I added salt because the recipe said to.  I'm an idiot and I've learned my lesson.  I never had farmer's cheese before.  It was saltier than I thought it would be and it was hard to find (there was only one kind of farmer's cheese in my supermarket and it took a while to spot.) 

The little bruschettas were edible and I had them cold for lunch today.  They were actually better cold.  Maybe the lack of heat mellowed out the salt.  I think these would be great, maybe even better with goat cheese.  I think I'll try that next time.  It's easier to process into a spread.

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