November 9, 2016

Breakfast Wheel

I come from a family of Southerners. My parents grew up in Pensacola, FL where we go to visit almost every summer since I can remember. My Grandma Odom was, and still is, known for her homestyle, southern inspired cookin'. I'm fairly certain that KFC came up with their slogan, "Finger Lickin' Good", from eating Gramma's Sunday suppers because they were just that.

My mom is an amazing cook and baker. She's completely self-taught and shared her skills with most of my siblings and I. I've always loved her meals and like I've said before, she instilled in me the importance of sitting as a family for dinners. I've made a really strong effort to make sure that I have dinner on the table when Ryan gets home from work and they have almost all been homemade. I feel I deserve bragging rights because this is something I've worked extremely hard on!

I use so many recipes that have been given to me by family and friends but my go-to has been Pinterest. I started a few different boards that are related to food including "What's For Dinner" and "My Guilty Pleasures". 

Because I have been relying so much on the vast amounts of recipes that people are sharing from all over the globe, I decided to start keeping track of which ones I found to be successful! If you would like to see all the recipes, check out my Pinterest profile.

One thing that I've loved about doing this documentation and research is that I often find recipes that are easy to work with. From there, I can use that as a reference but play with my own seasonings and ingredients to make it my own. 

Tonight I am sharing one of my very first Pinterest meal attempts that went really well! It's been a huge hit and I continue to make it from time to time. I call it a Breakfast Wheel but Pillsbury calls it, "Bacon, Egg and Cheese Brunch Ring". 

These are my own pictures (all but one). I originally got the recipe here!

4 slices of bacon - cut in half crosswise

1/2 lb. mild sausage

1/3 cup (+ a little splash more) milk 

4 eggs whisked

Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

1/4 cup chopped red & green bell pepper

1/4 cup of chopped onion

1 can (8 oz.) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (you really want to get the good stuff - it makes a huge difference in not only taste, but size of the cut-out dough)

2/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (or any other type of cheese you may enjoy!)

1 cup Pace Chunky salsa, if desired, for dipping

1 cup sour cream, if desired, for dipping

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper. In a skillet, cook the bacon. In a separate skillet, prepare the sausage. Set meat aside and drain the grease.

Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a skillet. (I know we're using a lot skillets here, so wash as you go!)  Prepare the bell peppers and onions over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook over medium heat. Set aside.

 Whisk together the milk and eggs in a medium bowl. Add seasonings to taste. Cook eggs over medium heat, allowing them to set between each stir. Avoid over-stirring. 

Unroll your dough and place on baking sheet and arrange the eight triangles into a sun shape. Meaning, shortest side of the triangle towards the center, overlapping each triangle with the next. 

Press into each other enough to allow it to bake together but not so much that you have flat dough.

You'll begin layering your ingredients by putting them into the wheel shape, keeping it on the thickest part of the dough. Place your halved bacon on each triangle. Sprinkle about half of your cheese on top of the bacon. Add your eggs, onions, peppers and sausage. 

It may be helpful to mix these last 4 together in a medium bowl before placing them. I didn't find it too difficult but this is helpful if it is challenging for you to keep it from falling all over the sheet. 

Sprinkle your remaining cheese before creating your wheel. Pull the points of the triangles over your layering masterpiece and tuck them in to form the Breakfast Wheel. 

Optional: Melt a tablespoon of butter and brush it over the top of your wheel.  

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a golden brown. I like my dough slightly undone, so I usually stick to about 20 minutes. 

Make sure to allow it to cool for at least 2 minutes. I know, it's tough to sit through those amazing smells for 120 seconds!

Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired!

I will be sharing a recipe that I found successful either through Pinterest or my own recipes, at least once a month! I hope this one goes well for you and you enjoy this delicious meal with friends and family :)

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