It's the end of my summer break. Heading back to school tomorrow for another year of teaching 9th grade. Lizzie is so sweet. She's helping me make my never ending to-do list. I actually feel more prepared this year than ever since I worked most of the summer on lesson plans. Yeah!
I have seen quite a few breakfast recipes made with ham and eggs in muffin tins but now that I have a ton of fresh garden produce, I thought that I would use that concept to make a savory dinner.
This morning I picked fresh heirloom tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, sage, and basil from my garden for the recipe below. This is a great recipe that can be served as an appetizer, lunch, or dinner but don't tell anyone that I ate the leftovers for breakfast! Yum! I loved how they were cheesy and fresh tasting. Oh and the little dark tips of the ham slices tasted like well-done bacon. I love well-done bacon!
Savory Baked Ham, Tomato, Cheese, and Herb Cups
24 small ham slices, about 4"x 4" each 2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped 3 Tbsp. minced yellow, red, or white onion 1 garlic clove, minced 2 fresh jalapenos, seeded and minced 3/4 c. ricotta cheese 1 1/4 c. shredded cheddar, Colby, Monterey jack, and/or mozzarella cheese 1 egg 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp. fresh sage, minced 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 c. butter, melted 12 Ritz crackers, crushed
Preheat oven to 375*
Grease two 12 cup muffin tins with non-stick spray
Line each cup with a slice of ham
Place a few pieces of chopped tomato in each cup
In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, garlic, jalapenos, ricotta cheese, shredded cheese, egg, basil, sage, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and black pepper
Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture in each cup
In a small bowl stir together the melted butter and crushed crackers
Sprinkle topping on the cheese mixture
Bake for 20 minutes
Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before removing from the muffin cups
2 Tbsp. goat cheese 2 Tbsp. sour cream 3 Tbsp. buttermilk 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced Kosher salt to taste
In a small bowl, mash the goat cheese and sour cream together
Stir in the remaining ingredients until smooth
Fried Garden Veggies
Male zucchini blossoms, washed and dried Zucchini, quartered lengthwise Whole okra Jalapenos, seeded and quartered lengthwise into strips 1 1/2 c. Buttermilk 1 c. Flour 1 c. Cornmeal 1 tsp. Garlic powder 1 tsp. Hot paprika
Pour buttermilk into a bowl
On a large plate, stir flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, and paprika together
Heat vegetable oil in a fryer to 365*
In batches, place like vegetables into buttermilk and shake off excess
Toss in flour mixture and shake off excess
Fry in this order- blossoms, zucchini strips, okra, and jalapenos until golden
Lizzie is nuts. She loves water and taking showers. She'll even try to jump into your bath. If she hears water being turned on she will trot into the room and try to drink it.
The other day the glass shower door was open a bit as I was warming up the water. Of course she had to explore. I put her up on the ledge while I showered and then picked her up and bathed her with the warm water. She holds on to you like a koala bear. Afterwards she wouldn't get out.
I wrapped her up in a towel and then gave her a blow dry.
This is the spot that she always sits at when I blow my hair. She wants you to blow hers too but you have to be 4 feet away. She waits every morning for her blow dry even though she isn't wet. What a cutie!
Helen and I went to a local farm that is only 10 minutes from our house to go blackberry picking. On the way there a white crane flew right in front of our car and then we saw a huge buzzard on the side of the road. I stopped to get a photo but it flew off too fast. Up the road a bit we saw two beautiful horses on the top of a hill by the road. I wanted their picture.
We got to the farm, picked up our berry basket and went to the rows they told us that had the ripe berries. The farm had thousands of berry bushes in multiple rows that were extremely long. It was so cool to see. I had no idea that unripe blackberries were red. I ate one and promptly spit it out~ whew~ sour.
I took a few pictures and Helen filmed a video of me talking about blackberries that I will show my foods students. We picked and picked and ate and ate. Good thing I brought damp washcloths with us to wipe away the sticky juice.
On the way out we got some fresh peach ice cream that we gobbled up. As we drove home I stopped the car on the side of the road, climbed the hill and took some pictures of the horses. The spotted one kept snorting at me to go away while the brown one came right up to me. Beautiful- love his eye lashes.