OT: Breakfast picnic ideas?

DH & I are celebrating our 10th anniversary on Friday. :heart: I know he is planning “something” for the evening, so I want to plan something special for the morning.

We had talked about taking the dogs & going to the woods for some birdwatching, so Id like to prepare a breakfast picnic. But, I want something SPECIAL. And, something that can be prepared the night before so he doesnt see it. Something that can be eaten cold or at room temp would probably be best. Ill just bring a cooler.

Im thinking Ill make muffins (or some kind of pastry), some cut up fruit and, of course, MIMOSAS, but Im wondering if you wonderful folks have any ideas for additional yumminess?

Hmmm… I’ll have to think about it, but I just wanted to say

:heart: :heart: [color=red][size=7]HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!![/size] [/color]:heart: :heart:

Congrats! We just had our 10th in May. Kind of seems more special when it’s 10 rather than 7, 8, or 9.

When I first started reading the post I thought “ooooh Mimosas”! Great minds think alike :wink: I have a recipe for an egg strata that would be ok cold or room temp if you want something more “substantial” or quiche can be served room temp I think…don’t have a good one for that off hand, but I am sure they would have tons on foodtv.com

If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know. Sometimes questions like that need to percolate for a while before something really great comes to mind.

THANKS, Sil and Kemp!!

Do you know Ive been googling “breakfast picnic” and “brunch picnic” and Im still not finding anything… :frowning:

I have a wonderful recipe for a cream cheese dip for strawberries (or any fruit, really) that tastes like cheesecake. It is to die for!! And tastes best at room temp. Let me know if this is the kid of thing you had in mind.

oooh I want that!

Id LOVE to have the strata recipe AND the cream cheese dip recipe AND anything else that would be easy for anyone to post! OPTIONS ARE GOOD! I really truly do-ly appreciate it!

You can make this a day ahead. It’s also good with asparagus in it.

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                Cheddar, Vegetable and Sausage Strata

Recipe By :Bon Appétit, December 2000
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breakfast Casserole

Amount Measure Ingredient – Preparation Method

1 french bread – 1 inch thick slices
(each about 3x5 inches)
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese – grated, packed
(about 8 ounces)
1/2 green bell pepper – 2 1/4 in strips
15 cherry tomatoes – halved
6 ounces smoked sausage (such as kielbasa) – 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons minced onion
Chopped Fresh parsley

Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Fit 8 bread slices in prepared dish. Cut remaining bread slice into 1-inch cubes; fit cubes into any empty spaces. Whisk eggs, mustard, basil and salt in medium bowl to blend; whisk in half and half. Ladle custard over bread. Cover; chill at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle mixture in dish with black pepper. Top with half of cheese, then bell pepper, tomatoes, sausage, onion and remaining cheese. Cover loosely with foil. Bake 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake until strata is set and springy to touch, about 20 minutes longer. Cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 6 generous servings

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 514 Calories; 26g Fat (45.8% calories from fat); 24g Protein; 46g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 239mg Cholesterol; 970mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 4 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

NOTES : Most of the assembly for this layered bread-and-egg dish can be done one day ahead. Serve it hot or warm.

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cheesecake Dip

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Heat over medium-low heat until smooth and creamy, stirring frequently.

Cool to room temperature and serve.

If lumpy, put in a food processor until smooth (not necessary, but prettier)

I have never seen anyone try this and not like it. Actually, I’ve never seen anyone be able to stop at one taste. It’s decadent!

have you checked out www.allrecipes.com. i love that site and you can read reviews to see if something is any good or to see how it was doctored by other people before trying it.

MMMmmmmm those sound YUMMY! I wonder how that strata would be with breakfast sausage??

Im checkin out that site right now!!

Thanks!!! Keep 'em coming!!

How about crepe’s? You could make them up ahead and keep 'em in the fridge flat between layers of wax paper. Then serve them cool or room temp and just put a little vanilla yogurt and berries on them or get some fruit compote if you have a neato gourmet area of your grocery store.
I have a Pampered Chef recipe for “Confetti Eggs Strata” that you put together the night before. I’ve made it many times for work potlucks and just put it in the oven while I get ready for work. I happen to have the stoneware 9x13 pan but a gal friend made it in a regular glass one and she said it worked out fine. I use the insulated carrier from my pyrex 9x13 to tote my stoneware one and it stays warm for quite a while. you can shove it in there right out of the oven and it would be just right by the time you get where you’re going. It calls for chopped ham, but i have made it with turkey ham cuz a gal i work with is allergic to pork. i bet crumbled breakfast sausage would be really tasty in it. it also has eggs, cubed italian bread,sliced fresh mushrooms, chopped green onion and red bell pepper and shredded cheese. even the folks that don’t like funny chopped stuff have liked it…
Let me know if you’d like the recipe!

mmm, how about a nice big bowl of Cheerios? yummy…

1 bowl
2 spoons
some sugar

pour Cheerios in bowl, add milk and sugar to taste, enjoy.


congrats on your 10th anniversary Kelly!!

Im definitely makin that cheesecake dip, and I think that strata idea is a good one…I may just use this here 20% off coupon at BB&B to buy myself that insulated pyrex I’ve always wanted… :angelgrin:

I guess Cheerios would be “special”…we dont usually HAVE those. :rollseyes:

Im gonna look for additional strata/breakfast casserole options…see if I can “tweak” somethin!

:roflhard: That’s about my speed for breakfast!

yeah, sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly daring, I substitute Frosted Flakes for the Cheerios…drives DH wild :roflhard: :rollseyes:

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Well, its our 10th ANNIVERSARY! I could at LEAST spring for some Peanut Butter Captain Crunch! I mean…he’s the CAPTAIN!!!

The neighbors almost called the cops when I served Grape Nuts once! :shock:

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i suppose a crunch berries comment would be completely inappropriate? :angelgrin: