Pico de Gallo Egg Muffins

This breakfast muffin recipe has a number of reasons to be a keeper: ease of preparation, good flavor, nutritious, and the advantage of offering many variations just by switching out any ingredient except the eggs! Choose from a list of fresh herbs from your garden, greens like chopped kale and spinach, diced veggies, or add some crumbled cooked sausage or bacon. The muffins keep well in the refrigerator if you want to keep a few to reheat for a busy morning. Joe likes pico de gallo on anything, so he was my reason for trying this combination. In Mexican food, pico de gallo, also called salsa fresca or salsa cruda, is made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, serrano peppers, salt, and lime juice, so using this means there is plenty of flavor. But you can use your favorite condiments to add flavor to other combinations.

Pico de Gallo Egg Muffins

(For one 12-cup muffin pan)

9 large eggs, more if using smaller eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1 cup pico de gallo, drained (may use purchased or make your own)

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat muffin tin cups with cooking spray. I like to break the eggs into a large Pyrex measuring cup with a pouring lip. Whisk eggs, add salt and pepper, and set aside. Drain the pico de gallo and pat with a paper towel, then divide evenly into the muffin cups. Sprinkle with grated cheese, then pour egg mixture into muffin cups until each is about 3/4 full. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before removing to serving plate. You can refrigerate or freeze the egg muffins if needed for later use. I like to serve these with sliced avocado or fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken and Dumplings

Recently when I was in the kitchen chopping vegetables for Chicken and Dumplings, I wondered if I had ever shared that dish in a post for Kitchen Keepers. I thought I surely must have since it is Joe’s frequent request, but I have not, so here is our favorite version. I have sometimes used fresh herbs, and even tried making scratch dumplings, but this one using refrigerated canned biscuits always gets the most votes. Comfort food, made in my grandmother’s soup pot, it is Southern fare sure to warm hearts and bodies on cold nights!

Chicken and Dumplings

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

4 carrots, sliced

3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 heaping teaspoon dried thyme (I use Penzey’s French Thyme)
2 teaspoons Penzey’s Fox Point (a blend of garlic, dill, chives, and salt)

1 carton chicken broth (4 cups)

3 cups shredded cooked chicken (leftover rotisserie chicken works great!)

1 can refrigerated canned biscuits
salt and black pepper to taste
In a heavy soup pot, heat olive oil and add chopped onions, carrots, and celery. Saute 3-4 minutes, then add spices, chicken broth and chicken. Bring to low boil and cook until carrots are fork tender. Open biscuits, and tear each biscuit into small pieces, dropping into simmering broth. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 15 minutes.