MILWAUKEE -- For dinner tonight, you might want to dust off your waffle iron. Chef Alisa Malavenda joins Real Milwaukee with some toast, egg, pancake, and other recipes that aren't just for breakfast anymore.
Brinner Coffee Manhattan
Gin and Strawberry Jam Cocktail
Add egg whites to a jelly jar or cocktail shaker with no ice and shake for 20 seconds. Add strawberry jam , Gin, lemon juice, agave, then fill cocktail shaker ice Shake mixture then strain into serving glass or drink right out of jelly jar.
Note: You can make a non alcoholic version with strawberry jam and lemonade and serve in jelly jars
Brinner Assorted Toast Board
For Avocado and Tomato:
Slather each slice of bread with a drizzle of olive oil and toast.
Evenly divide the avocado between the pieces of toast
Layer the sliced tomatoes on top of the avocado, sprinkle with fresh basil, and drizzle with the balsamic reduction, sea salt and black pepper.
For Roasted Beet and Ricotta :
Whisk ricotta with lemon zest and fresh thyme leaves. Spread Ricotta mixture on toast and top with beet slices and a sprig of thyme for garnish
For the Pear Toast:
Layer these in order on toast, grind a little black pepper over the top
Alternatively you can use a sliced brie in place of the crème fraiche and blue cheese
For the Salmon Toast:
Prosciutto and Egg Toast:
Garnishes for the board
Maple Bourbon Mini Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches
Or use premade waffles or waffle mix
Note: you can also pre-make waffles and store in freezer
( or use store bought or visit Colonel Sanders KFC)
Bourbon Maple Syrup ( or use store bought )
Preheat the waffle iron.
Whisk egg whites to soft peaks and set aside. Whisk all other waffle ingredients together and fold in egg whites. Pour about a ¼ C or So batter into waffle maker Cook until crispy and browned.
Marinate the chicken in buttermilk with a few dashes of hot sauce.
In a separate bowl, mix flour with garlic powder, paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in the flour. In a pan over medium-high heat, add 1” of oil and fry chicken. Once golden brown and cooked through, remove to a paper towel to drain. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven until all the waffles are made.
In a small saucepan, add bourbon and maple syrup. Heat on medium-high heat and reduce liquid (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in butter. You can make this ahead and let cool and then warm in a hot water bath before serving. Let cool to room temperature or slightly warm before serving.
Place a piece of fried chicken in between two waffles and top with bourbon sauce. You can serve this with regular or candied bacon.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a rack on top (like a cookie cooling rack). Spray the rack with nonstick spray.
Mix the brown sugar and pepper flakes in a bowl. Dip bacon slices in sugar mixture, coating both sides, and place the coated bacon strips on the rack. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is caramelized and crispy.
Pancakes: (or use premixed pancake mix)
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder and salt to combine. Add the buttermilk, melted butter and egg, and mix well.
Heat a large griddle over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop ¼ cup of the batter onto the hot griddle to total 8 pancakes. Cook until the bottom of the pancake is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, and air bubbles form on the surface; flip and cook until golden on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes more.
While the pancakes are cooking , scramble the eggs
Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and scramble for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
To serve, Fold pancake like a taco and fill with a piece of bacon , scrambled eggs you can also use cheese if you so desire. Drizzle with syrup
French Toast Grilled Cheese
Heat a griddle to medium. Melt 1 tablespoon butter.
Combine eggs with milk.
Quickly dip the bread to cover with egg mixture on both sides and place on hot griddle, brown one side and then flip , add 1 slice of cheese and 2 slices of bacon on cooked side of 2 slices of bread.
Flip on top of each other to create a sandwich and when bottom is browned.
Using the other tablespoon of butter if needed or just let it melt on the top. Cut in half and garnish with a drizzle of syrup or melted jam.
You can also make like a grilled cheese without dipping the egg like French toast and scrambling the egg inside the sandwich.
Sausage and Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Frittata
Butter and flour a 12-by-18-by-1 1/2-inch half sheet pan.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Toss the sweet potato rounds with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and arrange the slices in a single layer on a second baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes, turning the slices halfway through.
When the slices are fork-soft and starting to brown, remove the baking sheet from the oven and drain any excess oil.
Meanwhile , Add remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown . Remove onions from pan and add the sausage pieces to the same pan. Cook, breaking up the large pieces, until the sausage is cooked thoroughly and lightly browned. Drain and set aside.
Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees. Place the roasted potatoes, onions and half the cheese in the prepared sheet pan and top with the sage leaves.
Whisk the cream and eggs together, season with salt and pepper, then pour the egg mixture over the top of the sausage and potato mixture.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the egg is puffed and set. Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese. Let sit, or return to the oven briefly, until the cheese is melted. Allow the frittata to cool and cut into 20 single-serving squares. This can be served warm or at room temperature.
Denver Hash Brown Waffles
Preheat a waffle iron . Squeeze out any excess moisture from the hash browns and place them in a large bowl. Add the onion, bell peppers, salt , pepper, paprika to potatoes and stir to combine. Pour the melted butter over the hash browns, and stir. Spray or butter both side of the iron. Scoop a heaping 1/2 cup of the seasoned hash browns and spread out into each of the 4 into each waffle section, then top with a generous amount of cheese and chopped ham. Top the cheese and ham in each section with another ¼- ½ cup hash browns. Close the waffle iron and cook for 15 minutes on the regular setting. Repeat with the remaining hash browns, cheese and ham, filling one section of the waffle iron. You can use any kind of meat and cheese to mix it up. Poach or fry an egg and top each waffle. You can also go eggless and do a scoop of sour cream and chives.
Dessert Donut Fruit Skewers with Cinnamon Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
Make donut skewers by using store bought or homemade donut holes and fresh fruit.
Thread fruit and donuts on wooden skewers.
( you can also blend the yogurt dip with some fresh fruit and little fruit juice and make
a smoothie - Garnish with one little donut on a straw )