Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I eat breakfast too

Denver Sandwich, Open or Closed
The Bachelor’s Guide To Ward Off Starvation Copyright 1988

1 tbsp. vegetable oil I used a nonstick pan and a dab of butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp. finely chopped tomato
1 tbsp. chopped green onion
1 tbsp. chopped ham
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 bread slices, toasted I used Lite 35 bread

Put oil in frying pan and heat it at medium-high. Throw eggs, tomato, green onions and ham together in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Now dump the concoction into the frying pan. Cook on 1 side until lightly set, then flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the Open Denver: Cut the toast diagonally. Place on a plate, each slice overlapping the other. Lay that old egg concoction right on top.

For the Closed Denver: Slide that slender egg concoction between the slices of bread. Cut that sandwich in half and dream of the Rockies.

Serves 1.

While this recipe is basic, I wouldn't have thought to pull these ingredients together if I hadn't seen this recipe in this book. I like a good breakfast and this was actually pretty light - no cheese, a smidgen of ham, 35 calorie bread. I didn't even miss cheese in this. It was very flavorful.

This is neat cookbook. It's Canadian and according to the claim on the cover, it was a best seller. It has a lot of single serving recipes, perfect for a single guy (and some larger recipes for entertaining, including a special section on 'dinner for two'). I would say it's geared towards an inexperienced cook but it has a variety of complexity in the recipes.

It does not use a lot of shortcut, convenience ingredients (although there are several 'cream of' soup recipes). The recipes call for mainly fresh but not specialty or expensive ingredients. The food isn't fancy but it's beyond 'boil pasta, drain and add sauce' (although that recipe might be in there too.) There are cartoons and quips throughout the book also (no food photos). This may be out of print now but it would be great for a young man just starting out or even an older man who is recently widowed or divorced. It's not that women won't like these recipes but it is geared towards the male species (lots of buxom women in those cartoons).

The Zesty Fish Stick Tacos were so good last night. Tonight we're having a modified verion of Twenty-Minute Stove-Top Goulash.

I don't have any mushrooms (my son will be thrilled) and I'm not sure I have any peppers but it will still be good.


KatiePerk said...

THAT LOOKS YUMMY! In your perusing of Cookbooks have you come across any breakfast casserole type dishes? I am going away for a beach weekend (with about 10 couples!)and it would be nice to bring something that all I had to do was heat up!! If not no worries!! Thank you in advance oh fabulous cook!

Noel said...

Oh I want to know too. Any breakfast casserole dishes? Any that serve a lot of people? Easy to make? LOL I am asking a lot here, I know. :)

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Just about every week I think about making a breakfast casserole, mainly for my husband who usually eats a Lean Pocket for breakfast everyday. But then I run out of time and energy and I end up buying more Lean Pockets for him.

I will see what I can come up with.

Anonymous said...

I have gobs of breakfast casserole recipes. I always took them to our family reunions (the reunions lasted all weekend). If I can be of help, let me know.


Randi said...

In Ontario, the Denver is called a toasted western( but there is no tomato in it).