Another Balloon Fiesta is over and I now have more time to cook and blog. Yesterday was the first time in over six weeks I didn’t face at least one set of sheets waiting to be ironed!
This Balloon Fiesta I also got a chance to try out a new breakfast dish. It was met with thumbs up by all. One guest told me I could make this ” again, and again and again.” I think he liked it.
Normally I serve a continental breakfast every morning during Balloon Fiesta if there is a planned Mass Ascension. Most people want to be at the park to see the balloons rise beginning just before dawn. This means they need to leave the house by 5am. I provide breads, muffins, fruit, yogurt, granola bars, hard boiled eggs and a selection of beverages for them to eat while they dress or take with them to the park.
This year the weather predicted for the last Sunday of the event was marginal. Threats of strong winds loomed large. As a result, all of our guests elected not to make the early trek to the park. So continental breakfast was out. Go to plan B. I decided to do a baked egg dish and came across a recipe for Crab Scramble. Here it is. With, as you guessed it, my own modification.
Crab Scramble Serves 6
- 2Tbl. Butter
- 9 eggs beaten
- 1/2 c. milk
- 6 oz. cream cheese, cubed
- 1 6 oz can crab meat
- 1/tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tbl. fresh dill, chopped – use less of you are using dried dill
- spinach and cherry tomatoes for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degree, F. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cream cheese, crab, salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a 12″ frying pan. Pour the egg mixture over the melted butter and sprinkle with dill. Cook on top of the stove until the eggs are mostly set. Finish in the oven.
While the egg mixture is cooking prep the plates. Place four nice sized spinach leaves on the plate to form a square. Slice cherry tomatoes in half. When the eggs are done, remove form the oven and scoop a generous portion in the center of the spinach square. Top with the sliced tomato and sprinkle with more dill if desired.
The original recipe call for this dish to be baked but baking eggs without first setting them on the top of the stove seems to take forever at this altitude.
And while it didn’t happen on the day of the Crab Scramble. I did scramble earlier in the week when this balloon landed in our wild area just beyond the driveway. The guests had just finished breakfast ( it was not a mass ascension day) and we were all outside watching the balloons float over the house. This one – Spirit in the Sky – decided to land. I helped crew as the balloon came down and then helped pack it up. This isn’t the first time we’ve had people “drop in” and I am sure it won’t be the last!