Adding Get-Up-and-Go to Your Outdoor Breakfasts

Spicy Eye Openers

The typical breakfast is usually uninspired, something slapped together while everyone is packing up, orworsethe same old stuff. Chipped beef on toast didn't become known as"SOS" for nothing.

These fresh ideas will definitely enliven the break of day. Eggs are a staple part of many of these recipes, but there are also some items, such as chili, that traditionally would be associated with lunch or dinner. But if you're going to be putting in a long, active day, you need a hearty meal at breakfast, not at dinner, when you're often too tired to enjoy fixing or eating anything.

Spicy Leftover Steak

How often have you cooked steak and discovered that you were more than generous in your estimates and there are lots of leftovers? This can happen easily with something like a London broil, which is a big piece of meat, anyway.

Warmed-up steak tastes better than reheated chicken, but that's not saying much. This is the most flavorful way I know to make leftover steak as good asif not better thanwhen it was first cooked!

1. Slice leftover steak into strips and let it warm to the natural temperature. If it's cold, make adjustments accordingly and somehow try to get the steak in the 60-70 degree range but do not reheat over a stove! This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

1 package Knorr pepper sauce mix
1/4 cup white wine
1 Tbl chopped onion
3 Tbl plain yogurt
1 1/2 cups water

2. In skillet, mix water and Knorr sauce and bring to boil. Stir constantly. Then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Take the skillet off the fire and remove peppercorns with slotted spoon or strainer and discard. Remove sauce from skillet and place in bowl.

4. Add onion and white wine to skillet and cook over low heat until reduced by half. Stir in peppercorn sauce and add yogurt.

5. Simmer for 5 minutes, then pour over steak. Yes, this would even improve a fresh cut of meat of dubious quality.

The Perfect Omelette

And it only takes 40 seconds to cook. Water is used instead of milk to make the eggs fluffier, and margarine is used because it's less likely to burn than butter. The key is to concentrate on cooking the eggs and not the filling, since the filling will cook much slower. Cook or warm the filling mixture and have it ready to add. This is an omelette for 1.

2 eggs (or powdered eggs)
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbl water
1 Tbl margarine
1/2 cup your favorite diced meats or veggies, already cooked
Black pepper to taste
Hot sauce (optional)

1. In a bowl, beat together eggs, salt, and water. Heat margarine in skillet until it sizzles when a drop of water is added.

2. Pour in egg mixture. Use a spatula and tilt the skillet to move the egg mixture around so that it cooks evenly.

3. Once the egg mixture no longer flows, pour the 1/2 cup of chopped ham, green peppers, whatever, on half of the egg. With the spatula, fold over the other half of the omelette. Slide onto serving plate. Use pepper and hot sauce to taste.

Huevos Rancheros

A classic, spicy egg dish that is a great way to meet the day. Serves 2 hungry campers.

4 eggs
1 cup medium or hot picante sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbl olive oil
4 tortillas
1 1/2 tsp minced onion (optional)
1/2 tsp marjoram
1 16-oz can refried beans

1. Saute onion, garlic, marjoram, and picante sauce in olive oil to combine flavors.

2. Either poach the eggs on top of sauce or fry eggs separately.

3. Place eggs and sauce over warm tortillas. Serve with heated refried beans.

Pepperoni Egg Pizza

This is certainly not a traditional Italian dish. If you want to make this a complete and very filling breakfast and more pizzalike, serve the eggs over hamburger buns or wrap them in warm tortillas. This serves 4.

8 eggs (real or powdered)
4 oz sliced pepperoni
1/2 green bell pepper, cubed
1 small onion, sliced
2 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl sliced olives
Parmesan cheese
1 cup pizza sauce (optionaltry it both ways)

1. Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil. Drain excess liquid, add pepperoni, and cook for about 2 minutes.

2. In a bowl, scramble the eggs and add to skillet. Also add sliced olives. Cook eggs and stir constantly so pepper, pepperoni, olives, and onion become well mixed.

3. Once the eggs are cooked, let people help themselves and add their own pizza sauce and Parmesan cheese.

© Article copyright Menasha Ridge Press. All rights reserved. Photograph copyright PhotoDisc. All rights reserved.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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