Thursday, February 24, 2011

For Those Busy Days

Menu planning is killing me right now.  We have been so busy, I can't even seem to find the time for a trip to the grocery store!  Our schedule can be so overwhelming this time of year with Audley traveling for work, the ending of basketball season and the beginning of soccer, so I try to plan our menus for the week accordingly.  Unfortunately I am failing in this effort.  
We are not big sandwich eaters, so my easy suppers often consist of using a crock-pot or throwing together a quick breakfast.

Don't you just love breakfast for supper?
  

Lately, I constantly find myself pouring over the latest edition of Food & Wine or a cookbook while waiting on school to get out or practice to end just to find a way to get out of my cooking rut.  While shopping at Williams & Sonoma several months back, Audley picked up a cookbook by Tom Colicchio, head judge on Bravo TV's Top Chef; Wichcraft.  Using this as inspiration to transform the boring sandwich and quick meal, we have more than enjoyed a couple of great late night suppers.

With our hens laying again, it's also been a new way to utilize the abundance of fresh eggs we collect each day.







Taken from Wichcraft and adapted to our taste, here is what you need for a family of five to enjoy a fabulous supper in about 20 minutes.

5 Ciabatta Rolls, sliced
1 pound bacon
Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
1 1/2 cup frisee lettuce
1 shallot, thinly sliced
eggs
1 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
sea salt & fresh ground black pepper





While you are cooking your bacon, take the Gorgonzola cheese and sprinkle it on the bottom half of the Ciabatta rolls.  Toast in the oven at 350 until melted.





In another bowl, take your frisee lettuce, sliced shallot and add to it the red wine vinegar and olive oil. Salt and pepper to your desired taste.







Remove your bacon from heat and drain on a paper towel.  Cook your eggs over-easy, or a little more if your don't like a lot of yolk.









When the eggs are done to your satisfaction, assemble your sandwich.  Layer your egg, bacon, and lettuce on top of the melted cheese on the Ciabatta roll.






Serve it up with some kettle cooked chips for a simple, but filling meal.



How do you get out of a cooking rut?  What is your favorite quick recipe for those busy nights?  

3 comments:

  1. Those look like really good fresh eggs....my girls (hens) are AWESOME!

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  2. I love a fresh egg. That sandwich looks delicious!
    Xo,
    E&J

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  3. That looks delicious and, yes, I do love breakfast for supper meals. I got out of these ruts by assigning each of my two children a night to cook. That took care of at least two nights a week. I didn't have to cook; they learned how to plan meals. It was a win-win.

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