most important meal of the day

I love breakfast. During the work week my breakfast is very average, just yogurt or oatmeal. So on Saturday mornings, I love to make a more tasty and substantial breakfast for Joel and I before our weekly jaunt to central market. This breakfast came about for that very reason.

Eggs in Ham Nests

Recipe submitted by Mrs. Ward Shank, Broadway, Va.

1 3/4 cups cooked ground ham

2 Tbsp ham fat

2 Tbsp flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp dry mustard

1 cup milk

6 eggs

Melt fat, add flour and blend. Add chopped ham and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add salt, mustard and milk and cook slowly until thickened.

Pour into a greased shallow baking dish. Make 6

hollows in the mixture and drop an egg into each.                                                                                            

Sprinkle with salt and pepper

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until firm.

Serves 6.

Observations:

Generally I am a healthy eater, not a lot of takeout or processed food. I like to keep things a bit lighter in fat as well and decided to lighten up this recipe. I used chicken sausage instead of ham, used low fat milk and did not use ham fat. The dish turned out great! It was like a healthyish version of eggs over cream chipped beef.

I sautéed some onions to serve with the eggs, and let them caramelize while the eggs where cooking. They really added to the dish. We had some homemade pumpernickel rye bread (sooo good) that my sister Wanda made, so I toasted that up and we kinda piled everything on top.

I also cut this recipe in half and it worked out great…. Joel had two and I had one. Well, he did give me a few bits of his second one……

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