Breakfast Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast Pot Pie

Breakfast Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love breakfast, but I’m not a morning person. During the week. my husband graciously makes tea while I stumble around pretending to be human. Breakfast is usually a granola bar or a bowl of instant oatmeal at my desk once I’m properly awake. 

But I absolutely adore breakfast foods, which is why I think I’m going to have to start throwing weekend brunch parties. There are so many great recipes to share. Plus is just so relaxing to be able to start your day laughing with friends. I think I’m going to invite everyone to come over in their pajamas some Sunday soon. Who’s up for it? Is this a terrible idea? I think it might be brilliant.

Breakfast Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve got a lovely little breakfast casserole for you today that’s a semi-homemade, two pan wonder to make your friends and family smile in the morning. I mean, obviously, you could also eat this for dinner. That’s what I did. It’s dang good all the time

This Breakfast Pot Pie starts with a layer of hash browns. Here in the UK, you can basically only get pre-formed, triangular hash browns from the freezer section, so that’s what I used. I loosely fitted as many as I needed into the pan I was going to build my casserole in before cooking them to tell how many I needed. Once they’re cooked, you can give them a bit of a squish to make a more solid crust.

You’ll also want to be careful not to overcook your eggs, but don’t undercook them either, or your top crust will be perfectly golden brown before your eggs are set. I making it sound complicated, but it’s really not. Basically, when your eggs look like they’re about halfway to scrambled, starting to set but still quite loose overall, it’s time to turn the heat off and transfer them to the casserole dish. 

Finally, if you’re making this in the UK, I used a tube of croissant dough, but of course, in America, go for crescent rolls. And don’t overthink the geometry when you’re adding them to the top. Get everything covered and leave yourself a nice edge that will get golden and puffy and buttery and amazing.

Breakfast Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

When was the last time you made breakfast for some friends. With this Breakfast Pot Pie, you’re out of excuses. Get on it, kids.

Breakfast Pot Pie
Serves 6
Breakfast Pot Pie is a delicious casserole layering hash browns, cheese, eggs, and buttery pastry that's totally awesome.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 10-12 frozen hashbrowns (however many it takes to cover the bottom of your casserole dish
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup shredded cheese (I have used cheddar and swiss, but most anything that melts well would work)
  4. 8 eggs
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1-1/2 cups chopped deli ham
  9. 3 ounces cream cheese
  10. 1 tube croissant dough
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F and grease a rectangular casserole or baking dish.
  2. Warm your oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook your hash browns until crispy on each side. You may have to do two batches. Once your hash browns are crisped, arrange them in your baking dish. You can give them a bit of a squish to make sure the bottom of the pan is completely covered.
  3. Spread the cheese evenly over the hash browns.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, chives, salt, and pepper. Add ham and cream cheese.
  5. In the same skillet that you cooked your hash browns in, add your egg mixture over low heat. Stir continuously with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom of the pan as you go to scramble your eggs. When about half of your egg mixture is set, turn the heat off, and transfer the eggs to your baking dish. Spread them evenly over your hash browns and cheese.
  6. Finally, arrange your croissant dough over your casserole by placing the point of the triangle in the center, and rolling up any portion that would hang over the edge. My roll of dough had six croissants, but I only needed five to cover my casserole.
  7. Bake the casserole for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the eggs are fully set. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Savory Pie Recipes
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Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Continental Grilled Cheese

Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Almost every day I wake up in the morning wishing I could just stay home and cook all day. I don’t much care what it is. I don’t even necessarily want t eat it. There’s just something about the magic of turning ingredients into food that I find so calming. 

Work gets stressful. People think I’m dumb. But in my kitchen, I’m the boss. I do actual dumb things in there all the time, but I don’t much care. It’s quiet. It’s warm. It smells great. Where else would a person want to be?

The truth is, I’m usually so frazzled by the time I get home from work that I can barely summon the energy to stand in front of a skillet for 10 minutes. Lucky for me, you can make something pretty amazing in that amount of time.

Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This gooey, delicious Continental Grilled Cheese is a fantastic mash-up of European flavors. It’s lacking in any sort of authenticity but completely loaded with good things to eat. It starts with buttery brioche which gets spread with some tart cherry jam. Polish ham went into my sandwich because I couldn’t find the Black Forest ham the original recipe called for. All of this is held together with oozing brie. It’s so right.

There are few things in life that make me quite as happy as gooey cheese. The crunch from the grilled brioche is the perfect contrast to the ultra soft brie, and the slight smokiness of the ham and sharp sweetness of the cherry jam is spot on. 

Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Take a deep breath. Be good to yourself. Eat a Continental Grilled Cheese. Smile. Be Awesome.

Continental Grilled Cheese
Serves 1
Continental Grilled Cheese is a delicious mash up of Polish ham, French cheese, and total awesomeness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices brioche bread
  2. 1 tablespoon cherry jam
  3. About 2 ounces brie, enough thin slices off your wedge to cover both slices of bread
  4. 1-2 slices Polish ham
  5. 1 tablespoon butter, softened
Instructions
  1. Place a skillet over medium low heat on your stove to heat up while you build your sandwich.
  2. Start building your sandwich by spreading cherry jam in a thin layer on each slice of bread. Next, lay slices of brie over each slice of bread, then add your ham. Close up your sandwich and spread the top, outside piece of bread with your softened butter.
  3. Place your sandwich in the preheated skillet, butter side down. Spread the new top with butter as well and cook for approximately three minutes on each side or until your bread is as dark brown as you like.
  4. Slice and eat quickly before the cheese drips gloriously down your hand.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
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Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One benefit of living in a cold country is that you can use your oven all year round. There’s never a time when you feel obligated to eat stupid salad because it’s so hot in your kitchen you could cry. This does not happen in Scotland. No dumb summer salad eating here. It’s pot pie all the time.

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Ham & Turkey Pot Pie recipe is really going to come in handy after the holidays when you have lots of leftovers in your fridge begging to be reinvented. But I’m here to tell you that you need not wait for the day after a feast. I made this with thick cut deli meat, and it was still completely awesome.

The filling of this pie is really more like a thick soup, which is why I recommend baking it in individual portions. That way everyone gets just the right ratio of crust to filling. You could also add some other vegetables if you’re into that. Whatever floats your boat, friends.

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you have to wear a sweater year round, you might as well stop worrying about your bikini body and just eat the comfort food. Start with Ham & Turkey Pot Pie. It’s gonna be awesome.

Ham & Turkey Pot Pie
Serves 3
Ham & Turkey Pot Pie is comfort food you can eat any time of year.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the crust
  1. 3 ounces cold butter, cut into small bits
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 egg yolk
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 1 to 2 teaspoons very cold water
For the filling
  1. 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter
  2. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 2-1/3 cups chicken stock
  4. 1 cup heavy cream
  5. 5 to 6 slices thick cut ham, cut into bite-size pieces
  6. 5 to 6 slices thick cut turkey, cut into bite-size pieces
  7. 1 cup corn kernels
For the filling
  1. Add the pieces of butter and flour to a food processor and pulse until you have a sandy mixture. Add the yolk, salt, and 1 teaspoon of water. Process until the dough just starts to form into a ball. You may need to add a bit more water. Just add a few drops at a time until everything comes together.
  2. Dump your dough onto some plastic wrap. Give it a few squishes to bring everything together, then pat it out into a disc. Wrap it in the plastic wrap and stash it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
For the filling
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. In a roomy sauce pan, melt your butter over medium low heat. Whisk in the flour until it starts to smell a bit nutty. Add the stock about 1/3 cup at a time. Whisk until smooth before adding more liquid. Once all your stock is mixed in smoothly, stir in the cream and allow it to come to a low simmer to thicken slightly. Finally, stir in the ham, turkey, and corn.
  3. Spoon your filling into the vessel or vessels of your choice. You can do it all in one pie pan, or separate it into individual servings.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, you're going to roll out your dough. If you're doing individual servings, cut your dough into as many pieces as you'll need first. Pop each piece back in the fridge until you're ready to roll. Roll your dough out to fit your vessel. Use a fork to press the dough down onto the pan around the edges and pierce the dough with a sharp knife in a few places to vent.
  5. Slide your pie(s) into the oven. If you're baking in multiple pans, put them all on a baking sheet first to make transfer easier. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  6. Your pies will be super hot, so give them a good 10 minutes to cool off before you dig in.
Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
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