as much as i love breakfast, sometimes it’s really hard to get creative about it. the pickier side of my palate immediately decides to make an appearance whenever people bring up frittatas, quiches, or that sort of thing (nothing like spongy, weird textured eggs to make me want to dive right back into bed. blurgh). i don’t generally like grits but erik does (quite a lot) and i think the whole “plain grits, fried eggs, toast” thing has made him feel like i do about frittatas and the like. so while i was pre-prepping my vegetables on sunday, i diced up some onion and jalapenos and decided to make him this:
Onion-Jalapeno Grits with fried eggs
a couple Tablespoons diced onion
one jalapeno, deseeded, deveined, chopped up small
a few slices of canadian bacon, sliced, then chopped into dice
a little bacon grease or some regular vegetable oil (i’m talking like, a teaspoon’s worth)
quick grits (for one serving the box says 1 cup water, pinch salt, 1/4 cup grits)
eggs, for frying
get the water boiling for the grits. prepare according to the package directions. meanwhile, heat the oil in a non stick pan. saute the onions and jalapenos until slightly soft. add in the canadian bacon. cook until it’s warmed through. when the grits are done (they don’t take very long), stir the jalapeno-bacon mixture into them. prepare your fried eggs however you like to do it (hard, soft, sunny, whatever). serve the grits with the eggs on top.
so let’s talk about pancakes. i love pancakes. i love eating different kinds of pancakes. these from Martha Stewart use both cinnamon AND oatmeal. i thought it was a real winner all around. the original recipe was double what I have here, and she used a food processor for whizzing the oatmeal into smaller pieces. i don’t have a food processor, and i didn’t need to make 20 pancakes (i only needed the four i ended up with) so i drastically reduced the amounts, switched the milk to buttermilk, and there you go. quick Monday morning breakfast. i have a link down there for the original so if you should want to follow it, you certainly can.
Cinnamon Oat Pancakes
recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.com
1 cup flour
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup oats
1 cup buttermilk
1/8 cup vegetable oil
stir the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, oats, and cinnamon together in a bowl. stir the buttermilk, egg, and oil together in another. add this to the dry mixture and mix until incorporated. heat a griddle and spray with cooking spray. spoon out some batter onto the griddle and cook as you would cook pancakes normally. these are a bit thicker than regular pancakes, but i think the buttermilk did a good job lightening them up. serve with butter and maple syrup.