Taste of Soul: 6 Crowd-Pleasing Brunch Recipes

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  • Brunching has become a popular event on weekend mornings around the country. Gathering with family and friends at brunch at a restaurant or at home is now as enjoyable and tasty as dinner. Here are a few delicious brunch recipes to try the next time it’s your turn to host.

    Jazzed Up Scrambled Eggs

    Ingredients
    6 egg whites
    1 egg yolk
    1 teaspoon fresh thyme or oregano or chives
    1 green onion , minced
    Salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
    1 ounce pepper Jack cheese, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, or 1 tbsp. cream cheese

    Preparation
    In a bowl, beat the egg whites and the yolk. Add the herbs and green onions, and season with salt and pepper.

    Spray a nonstick omelet pan with cooking spray, heat the pan to medium, and pour in the eggs. Use a wooden spoon to move them around, making sure to scrape the bottom to prevent them from sticking. When they begin to come together, add cheese, and cook till they reach the desired texture.

    Southern Buttermilk Biscuits (from Southern Living)

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup cold butter
    2 1/4 cups self-rising soft-wheat flour
    1 1/4 cups buttermilk
    Self-rising soft-wheat flour
    2 tablespoons melted butter

    Preparation
    1. Cut butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle butter slices over flour in a large bowl. Toss butter with flour. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas. Cover and chill 10 minutes. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
    2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed. With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches). Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour. Fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, starting with 1 short end. (Fold dough rectangle as if folding a letter-size piece of paper.) Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).
    3. Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan. (Dough rounds should touch.)
    4. Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

    Variations:
    Cinnamon-Raisin Biscuits: Omit 2 Tbsp. melted butter. Combine 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/3 cup chopped pecans with flour in a large bowl. Proceed with recipe as directed. Stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. buttermilk until smooth. Drizzle over warm biscuits. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
    Black Pepper-Bacon Biscuits: Combine 1/3 cup cooked and crumbled bacon slices (about 5 slices) and 1 tsp. black pepper with flour in a large bowl. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
    Feta-Oregano Biscuits: Combine 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled feta cheese and 1/2 tsp. dried oregano with flour in a large bowl. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
    Pimiento Cheese Biscuits: Combine 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese with flour in a large bowl. Reduce buttermilk to 1 cup. Stir together buttermilk and 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, undrained. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.


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