Cheesy Breakfast Skillet with Steak, Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes

This breakfast skillet came about from leftovers. Yes, I had leftover steak. Those that know me might find that impossible seeing that I’m a woman who loves her steak, but I cooked ribeyes for dinner and they were huge. So the next morning needless to say, I was still craving the last of that delicious steak along with some roasted potatoes that we had on the side.

This breakfast skillet is easy to make and you can make as many servings as you want. Or you can keep it all to yourself, I won’t tell. If you don’t have leftover steak or potatoes that’s ok, you can cook them separately and then follow the rest of the recipe. It may take a little more time, but it will be worth the wait. How can you resist tender steak with crispy potatoes all folded into fluffy eggs with a touch of hot sauce and gooey cheese all nestled together to make a delicious, satisfying breakfast.

Here’s what you need:

This serves 2 but you can double it to serve more.

*2 tsp canola oil

*any cut of steak cooked the way you like it; I used ribeye. I used some leftovers that I had, but 1 steak would make 2 to 3 servings depending on the size of the steak.

*Roasted potatoes; I used leftovers but you can use frozen diced potatoes. If using diced frozen potatoes cook according to package directions

*4 eggs; I used 2 eggs per person.

*hot sauce to taste

*salt and cracked pepper to taste

*1/3 cup of shredded cheese or more to taste; I used a combination of cheddar and Colby Jack

*fresh or dried parsley for garnish (optional)

Cut steak in to pieces; set aside

Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat and add the canola oil. Add in the potatoes and cook for about 2 minutes stirring frequently. If you are using frozen potatoes, cook according to package directions.

Add in the steak.

Continue cooking for another minute or until the steak is warm. Do not cook too long or the steak will over cook.

Turn the heat down to medium. In a bowl whisk together the eggs.

Pour the eggs into the pan over the steak and potatoes.

With a spatula, start folding the eggs on and around the steak and potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the eggs begin to set, sprinkle on the cheese and the hot sauce.

Keep stirring the egg mixture until the eggs are no longer runny and are set, but still soft.

Place on to plates and sprinkle on the parsley and serve.

Pepperoni Calzones

Calzones are right up there on my list of favorites with pizza. They are basically a pizza after all, just all of those good pizza toppings are stuffed in a crust. To tell the truth, I hardly ever make them at home. It does take a little more time than making a pizza, but they are not difficult to make. I like to keep it simple and use premade pizza dough. You can certainly make your own dough.

This calzone is bursting with pepperoni, cheese and a tasty pizza sauce all nestled in a golden brown crust. I also saved some of that pizza sauce for dipping.

Here’s what you need.

*Pizza dough: I used a premade kind.

*Pepperoni slices

*Pizza sauce; you can use homemade or premade; make sure to save some for dipping

*Shredded cheese: I used a blend of mozzarella, Colby Jack and Cheddar

*Olive oil for brushing the tops

*Grated parmesan cheese for on top of the calzone

Preheat oven to 425°.

Spray a baking sheet with no stick spray or use parchment paper; set aside.

Divide dough into equal portions and roll out into about 8 inch circles.

Spoon a small amount of pizza sauce near the center of the dough. Do not spread the sauce to the edges, because you will have to seal the dough later.

Sprinkle on the shredded cheese over the sauce.

Place the sliced pepperoni over the cheese.

Gently fold the dough over the top of the filling to create a semi-circle.

Crimp the edges using a fork to seal the dough.

Cut a few small slits into the top of the dough with a knife.

This will help some of the steam to escape with the calzones are cooking. Place on the baking sheet.

Brush the tops with a little of the olive oil.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the calzone are golden brown.

Take out of the oven and sprinkle some of the parmesan cheese on top.

Serve with some of the pizza sauce on the side.

Breakfast Nachos

There are some days that I crave a big plate of nachos. I’ve had several different kinds and have really enjoyed them all. But the one kind I’ve never had is breakfast nachos. Yes, you read right breakfast nachos. Have you even heard of such a thing? I actually thought of this one Sunday morning. The first thought I had after I opened my eyes was…. I want nachos. Yes, I sometimes think about food right when I wake up…..don’t you? My second thought was, but I should be eating something that’s breakfasty…..is that even a word? If it’s not it should be. Anyway, my third thought was, why can’t I turn breakfast foods into nachos. Out of curiosity, I looked up to see if breakfast nachos was a thing. It turns out that yes, there is such a thing. One thing about nachos, you can make them your own….the tortillas are your blank canvas, just add all of your favorite goodies that make your taste buds sing.

So for these breakfast nachos I started with one of my favorite brand of tortilla chips, then piled on some fluffy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon….can’t forget the cheese. I threw it in the oven to get all of that cheese all melted and for all the flavors to come together for each tasty bite. I then topped it off with some salsa and sour cream.

This is something that you can add some of your favorite breakfast ideas as well, This will even be great for brunch. Make as little or as much as you like. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so there is your reason to indulge a bit for your morning meal.

Here’s what you need:

These served 2, but you can always add more to double the servings.

*Tortilla chip; about 1/4 of a bag

*4 large eggs

*2 tsp. butter

*salt and pepper to taste

*4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumble

*1/2 cup shredded cheese; I used a cheddar Colby jack blend.

*salsa your favorite brand mild, medium or hot

*sour cream

*dried or fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°

Spray a baking sheet with no stick spray or line with parchment paper.

Spread tortilla chips on to the baking sheet .

Sprinkle half of the cheese over the tortillas chips; set aside.

Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add the butter.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until a light froth starts to form.

Pour the eggs into the pan. With a spatula, start to pull the eggs inward when it begins to set.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep lightly pulling the eggs across the pan until they are fully set but still moist and fluffy.

Break up the eggs and spread across the tortilla chips and cheese then add the bacon.

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the eggs and bacon.

Bake for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tortilla chips start to toast.

Top with salsa, sour cream and cilantro.

Serve and enjoy!

Air Fryer Frozen Pizza Rolls

If you haven’t tried cooking frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer, you are truly missing out. These are great for a snack and even as a meal. They do get a little addictive, at least for me anyway. I usually cook these in the oven, but when I first got my air fryer I found out that a lot of frozen foods are so much better cooked this way rather than in the oven.

These turn out so crispy and cook in half the time than they do in the oven. This is the only way that I cook frozen pizza rolls now. I mean, look at that picture….doesn’t it just make you want to grab a few and nosh away. These are great when it’s late and you’re hungry but really don’t feel like going thru a lot of trouble to warm up something, yet you want something that really can satisfy that late night craving. It’s also a hit if you have kids and you want something fast and easy. Just fair warning, these will go fast. Just remember to let them cool a bit before you start enjoying them because they will be piping hot.

Here’s how you do it:

Pre heat the air fryer to 380°.

Place the frozen pizza rolls inside of the basket.

Try to lay them in an even layer as much as possible. It’s ok if some overlap, you just do not want them piled on top of each other or they will not get as crispy.

For 1/2 bag cook for 6 minutes, shaking the basket halfway thru cooking time.

For a full bag cook 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway thru cooking time.

*Note* Cooking time might vary depending on the brand and size of the air fryer.

Let pizza rolls sit for about 2 minutes before eating.

Enjoy!

Taco Casserole

Want something a little different for taco Tuesday? This takes some of your favorite taco fillings and brings them together in a delicious casserole. It’s layered with black refried beans, tasty seasoned beef, salsa, cheese, crunchy tortilla chips and more cheese. If you have never tried black refried beans, you really should. It’s a nice change from regular refried beans.

My hubby actually loved the idea of a taco casserole so much, that he helped decide what should go in it to make this a really satisfying dinner. You can make this as mild or as spicy as you like. You can add some of your favorite taco toppings like sour cream or guacamole. This is even great to make ahead of time, just save adding the tortilla chips until the day you want to cook it.

Of course it doesn’t have to be Tuesday to enjoy this taco casserole. This might become a favorite during any night of the week. I know it has at our house.

Here’s what you need:

*1 lb ground beef

*1/2 bag tortilla chips

*1 can black refried beans

* 1 jar of salsa mild, medium or hot; I used medium

*2 cups of shredded cheese; I used cheddar and Monterey Jack

*fresh of dried cilantro for garnish (optional)

Taco seasoning ( you can add the premixed taco seasoning if you prefer)

*1 tsp. salt or more to taste

*2 tsp. chili powder

*1 tsp. garlic powder

*1 tsp. onion powder

*1 tsp. cumin

*1 tsp. coriander

*1 tsp. paprika

*1 tsp. oregano

Preheat oven to 350°

Pour tortilla chips in a zip top bag and using your hands, roughly crush them.

This makes a great stress reliever. Just try not to pulverize them if you’ve had a trying day. My first attempt turned to dust. I think hubby was a little afraid to come into the kitchen during this moment. Set aside

In a large pan over medium high heat, add ground beef and cook until no longer pink; drain if needed.

Turn the heat down to medium and add in the taco seasoning.

Stir to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes stirring frequently. If the seasonings start to turn dark, turn the heat down to low.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with no stick spray. Spread the black refried beans on to the bottom of the dish.

Spoon the beef mixture over the refried beans in an even layer.

Pour the salsa over the beef mixture.

Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the salsa.

Add the crushed tortilla chips over the cheese.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the tortilla chips.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

*Note* If you like the cheese to taste a little like toasted cheese, then add it on at the beginning as noted. If you would prefer the cheese just melted, then add the cheese on top at the last 5 minutes of cooking.

To reheat any leftovers, I recommend rewarming it in the oven or toaster oven so the tortilla chips stay crispy. I tried reheating my first portion in the microwave and the tortilla chips became soggy. It was still really tasty, but it had lost that nice crunch.