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Hearty Personal Breakfast Skillet

If you are anything like me, you are always searching for new and exciting recipes.  Sometimes, those recipes can be similar to ones you have already made, but you need only to change up the method in which you serve them!  Through the years I have heard people say, “Why do you worry about so many small details?”  My response is always…”Presentation is Key!”

This very topic is what helped me to discover personal-sized cast iron skillets.  I love cooking with the small skillets both for presentation and to have the ability to cater to each individual’s personal preferences in foods.  These Hearty Personal Breakfast Skillets are a big hit on Sunday mornings in our family.

Which Skillets to Use ~

There are so many wonderful skillets out there, however, we tend to lean toward the Lodge brand.  The benefits of this brand are as follows:

  • Retain heat well
  • Preseasoned
  • Can be used on stovetop, in oven, on grill or over an open fire
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Long-standing history of quality products
  • Can be used for everything from frying to sauteing, to broiling and everything in between
  • Have a large variety of sizes and different series
  • Easy to find locally and on-line

Size to Use for Hearty Personal Breakfast Skillet ~

We use the Lodge Pre-Seasoned 6-1/2 Inch Skillet for the breakfast skillet as well as many other individualized recipes.  It is a good idea to have 6 to 8 if you are planning on serving several people.  I use them many times for just Brad and I as well, so if you are empty nesters, it is fun to get 2 and have fun creating!  *Pay close attention to the size because many brands have an even smaller size that is not big enough for this savory dish!

What is even better about these is that you can create savory or sweet recipes in them.  Who doesn’t like digging into a steaming hot personal pan brownie or cookie topped with ice cream?  Yum!  These have quickly become known as pizookies!

Recipe ~

Ingredients for 6 Personal Skillets:
  • 14 Red potatoes, cubed small
  • 10 Sausage patties, crumbled
  • 6 Ham slices, cut into small squares
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 2 Bell peppers, color(s) of choice, cubed
  • 2 Anaheim peppers, diced
  • 12 – 14 Eggs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

*Please note, you can customize these ingredients to your liking.  Other topping ideas:

  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Mozzarella, Swiss, Gruyere, Fontina, Gouda or your favorite cheese of choice
  • Tomatoes
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Black Olives
  • Jalapenos
  • Hash Browns
Directions for 6 Hearty Personal Breakfast Skillets ~
  1. Brown sausage.  I used patties because that is what I had on hand.  (You can, of course, use any type as you will be crumbling it after cooked.)
  2. While sausage is cooking, continue chopping the rest of the veggies and ham.
  3. Cook chopped potatoes, onions, and peppers until browned in a separate small skillet.                   
  4. Layer sausage and ham in prepared 6 1/2″ skillets.                                                                                         
  5. Follow with cooked potatoes and veggies.                                                                                               
  6. Season liberally with Montreal Steak Seasoning and then salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Beat eggs with milk until completely combined.
  8. Pour egg mixture over meat and veggies in each skillet.                                                               
  9. Top with desired amount of cheese.  (We love cheese so I completely cover the skillet.) 
  10. I placed each skillet on foil lined baking sheets to protect oven from spillage.
  11. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until browned.

*You can exclude necessary ingredients to create a Keto version.

Want To Top It With Gravy? ~

Let’s take it a step further and add gravy.  You can go the traditional route and make gravy from scratch or you can make it from a mix.  I use Pioneer Country Sausage Gravy Packets when not making gravy from scratch.  Season it up with salt and pepper and it becomes the perfect final topping for this delicious recipe!

Make Ahead ~

Holiday season is upon us.  Chop up all of your ingredients ahead of time for prep and put together early Christmas morning.  Put your coffee on and assemble these before the Christmas present frenzy begins.  While you are all opening presents, this delicious breakfast can be cooking and filling the room with scents of a cozy Christmas morning!

If you are in a pinch for time, put it all in one large skillet to scoop out individual servings when ready!

Serving Choices ~

As you can imagine, the skillets are extremely hot when taking out of oven. I love to serve these yummy dishes with quilted handle covers for functionality and to keep the presentation fun!  Basic Black Set of 3 Skillet Handle Covers are a good place to start for your collection!

Of course, these fun bandana ones are adorable for many occasions as well!  Are these not the cutest???

Bandana Hot Handle Holders by Lodge

Crafty Hands Primitive has a large assortment of colors to choose from to match any season/holiday/theme you wish.  Be sure to look at the beautiful patterns by CraftyHandsPrimitive on Etsy by clicking here!

Primitive Skillet Handle Pot Holder choose fabric image 2

Care of Iron Skillets ~

I had never cooked with an iron skillet until I got married.  Brad quickly taught me the beauty of using them, but even then I shied away from them because I was unsure how to care for them.   I soon realized that they truly are very easy to clean.  This is all you need to clean your cast iron skillet:

Stainless Steel Scrubber Set

What’s even better is that this fun idea has come to you just in time for Christmas.  Whether adding them to your Christmas wish list or surprising someone special, a set of single-serving sized iron skillets will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!  Soon I will bringing you a cookbook featuring a variety of iron skillet recipes just like this delicious hearty breakfast skillet!

Happy Cooking ~

Mimi

 

 

 

 

 

Pulled Pork Table Nachos

Do you want to WOW your guests?  This recipe is just the ticket for you!  Eli got creative in the kitchen using leftover smoked pork.  The end result was this fun dish of pulled pork table nachos that were simply out of this world!

What are table nachos?  Spread foil across the kitchen island or table and start creating.   See for yourself…

The chef at work building delicious pulled pork bbq table nachos!

Smoked Pork Shoulder/Butt ~

The first step to this awesome recipe is the smoked pork shoulder/butt.  Pappy smoked this the day before and we used the leftovers for the nachos.

Ingredients:

  • 12 to 15 pound pork shoulder butt
  • Tony Cachere’s creole seasoning
  • Stick of butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Melt butter and mix with 2 tablespoons creole seasoning.
  • Inject butter mixture all over the pork shoulder/butt.
  • Let marinate several hours or overnight.
  • Cut diagonal lines through the fat cap on top of pork shoulder/butt.  Next, season liberally with salt, pepper and more creole seasoning, being sure to get seasoning down in the cuts.

  • Smoke at 275 degrees until internal temperature of 195 degrees (about 12-14 hours) if your pork is 12 to 15 pounds.  Mix cherry and apple wood chips for a subtle fruit taste.
  • Remove meat from grill with about 2 hours left to cook and wrap entirely in foil.
  • When meat has reached desired doneness, remove foil and let sit 15 to 20 minutes before shredding.

Now Back to the Pulled Pork Table Nachos ~

Directions & Tips:

You can, of course, make these delicious nachos without having made your own smoked pork shoulder/butt on the grill.   Other options of shredded pork is purchasing already prepared pork or you can also make your own in the oven or crock pot.   Substituting chicken or beef on your nachos would be great as well!

  1.  Spread foil across the table or kitchen island…covering a large area.
  2. Layer the chips across the foil.  ***Pro Tip***- Eli used several types of chips which added a fun variation of flavors.  You can be creative and use your family favorites, but I do think a variation is key.  The chips we used were:

(I have included the link above for you to check them out, but if you have an off-price retailer near you such as Marshall’s, you  can find them there for much cheaper!)

  • Corn tortilla chips of your choice
  • Fritos Scoops

3.  Top the chips with the pulled pork.  Be sure to layer this heavily over the entirety of the chip spread.

4.  Squirt the desired amount of barbecue sauce over the pulled pork.  One of our family favorites is Sweet Ray’s, but obviously you can use your favorite brand.

 

5.  Layer 1 can each of black beans and whole kernel corn.

6.  Top with melted cheese.   We love to make our own nacho cheese sauce with Veleeta, Rotel and diced green chiles.  It’s a crowd pleasing dip that you can cook over the stove or make in a crockpot.  ***See that recipe below.

7.  Finalize your nachos with garnishments for everyone to choose as they desire.  You can put in small bowls placed around the chips or layer directly on the foil around the nachos.  Garnishment ideas:

  • jalapeno peppers
  • tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • avocado slices
  • diced onions
  • black olives

Ring the dinner bell and let everyone graze!

Ingredients for Nacho Cheese Sauce ~

  • One 32-ounce package Original,  Mexican, or Quesos Blanco Velveeta Cheese

Velveeta Original Cheese

Velveeta Mexican Cheese

Velveeta Queso Blanco Cheese

  • Two 10-ounce cans of Rotel or One 14.5-ounce can of petite diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • One 4-ounce can green chiles

Cook over low heat while stirring often or add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on low until melted.

Serving Options ~

It is always so much more fun to add festive tableware to any gathering.  I recently discovered Antique Farm House.  Their products are BEAUTIFUL!  I am loving these ideas…

Loving these stoneware pattern plates by Antique Farm House!

Mixing and matching the sizes and designs would be fun and festive!

 

Separate your condiment choices in this beautiful sectioned ceramic bowl by Antique Farm House

Use 2 or 3 long wood cutting boards from Antique Farm House to display your condiments and sauces!

While having great recipes is always key to any gathering, the finishing touches bring it all together for a memorable night.  Whether you are planning ahead for Cinco De Mayo or just doing Taco Tuesday, be sure to add these pulled pork table nachos to your next entertaining night!

Come back and tell me how your’s turned out!

Mimi (Shelly)

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