Breakfast

The ultimate Hatfield® Ham Monte Cristo Sandwich

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With Easter around the corner you will most likely need creative ways to use leftover ham. How about serving Monte Cristo sandwiches made with delicious Hatfield Ham for Easter brunch? I couldn’t think of a more crowd pleasing and delicious sandwich for brunch. The Monte Cristo sandwich is a decadent sandwich that is insanely delicious.

What is the monte cristo sandwich you ask? It is simply a sandwich made with with ham, swiss cheese slices, dipped in an egg mixture and fried in a little butter. I like to think of it as a upgraded grilled cheese sandwich. It is rich and is the ultimate comfort sandwich.

How to make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Making this sandwich is easier that you would think. The name makes it sound fancy and complicated but just follow these steps and you’ll be golden. 

First, you will need good quality ingredients; especially the ham as it is the star of the dish. You may have noticed from previous posts that I love to cook with Hatfield products. Hatfield pork products are high quality, full of flavor and simply delicious. I also like that they are a family owned, American made company that uses ethically raised meat. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their products. If you follow a gluten free diet you will be happy to know Hatfield is gluten free!

 For this recipe I used the classic Ham Steaks which are very versatile. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Ham steaks are super convenient as they come fully-cooked and are sliced perfectly. You could grill them and have them with mashed potatoes and gravy. Another way would be to cut the hame into small peaces and mix them in a breakfast hash or even a creamy pasta dish. Using Hatfield products like the Ham steaks certainly makes meal time easy, fast and brings out my creativity in the kitchen. 

In addition to the ham you will need fresh eggs, good quality swiss cheese and white bread. This is not the kind of dish were whole grain bread will work, white bread simple gives the best results for this recipe.

Now the fun part. Layering the ingredients. The order in which you layer the ingredients is important. Start with bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread. The cheese is strategically placed to bind the sandwich.

Next step is to beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Where to find Hatfield Products

Hatfield products can be found at Stop and Shop, Hannaford, Acme, Shoprite, Giant Carlisle, and many more stores. Just head to the meat department in the ham section. Learn more at Hatfield.com

Hatfield Ham Store in store photo.

Print Recipe
The ultimate Monte Cristo Sandwich with Hatfield Ham.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
  2. Spread each slice of bread with the mayo and mustard mix. start layering the sandwich with the bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread.
  3. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter ad 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Bacon and Cheddar Fries Recipe

It’s cheat meal day and on cheat days I go big. This month I decided to make some Bacon and Cheddar fries for Saturday lunch. Topped with sharp cheddar cheese, green onions and spicy jalapeños, they are the ultimate indulgence and absolutely delicious.

I love this recipe because it is fast, flavorful and fantastic. I also like that it is finger food that you can totally eat as a meal too. I like to serve them with sour cream on the side but you can use ranch if your prefer. If you were to serve these for your guests on game day you will be guaranteed some very happy guests. They are just that good. Toppings can be anything you want and check out more options.

Raw Bacon
Freshly shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon and Cheddar Fries

There are so many different toppings you can use for cheese fries. See more topping ideas including vegetarian options below.

5 Toppings for cheese fries:
  1. Chili and cheese: Top fries with hearty chili sauce and cheese sauce.
  2. Bacon and Blue cheese: Switch cheddar with blue cheese for a unique and delicious flavor.
  3. barbecue pulled pork and cheddar cheese. The sweet and smokey flavor of the pulled and the cheese is a insanely delicious combination.
  4. Beans, cheese and salsa: This is a tasty vegetarian topping option that doesn’t sacrifice on taste.
  5. Spicy Lentils and cheese: Another delicious vegetarian option that tastes just as great.

Love these bacon and cheddar fries? I’m sure you will also love my Kale, egg and cheese quesadilla recipe too.

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Bacon and Cheese Fries Recipe
Course Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag Super Crispy Crinkle Cut
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips Bacon Chopped
  • 2 medium Green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag Super Crispy Crinkle Cut
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips Bacon Chopped
  • 2 medium Green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bake or air fry crinkle-cut fries according to package (about 23 minutes on 400 degrees). Add salt and pepper after they are cooked. In the same oven crisp the bacon on a tray. Once cooked allow to cool, and chop.
  2. Layer fries in a cast iron pan and top with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeños and green onions. Broil for 2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been meaning to post a smoothie bowl recipe for quite some time now and today I finally did it! It almost seems un-foodblogger-like not to have a smoothie bowl recipe since they are one of the hottest items in the food world right now. I am starting off very simple with a easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients.

easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are basically thick smoothies served in a bowl. Whoever came up with this idea deserves props as the bowls are so much fun and are a great alternative to the drinkable smoothies. From my research online the bowl frenzy started with Acai bowls which originated in Brazil and later made their way to San Francisco. Since then, there have been so many variations of the bowls but one thing that can’t be denied is how delicious and good for you they are.

Thanks to Instagram, smoothie bowls have also become a trendy food. If you just type the words smoothie bowl on Instagram you will find the prettiest and artistically decorated smoothie bowls out there. Sometimes they look too pretty, you wonder if the person who made it actually ate it. My only problem with those perfect smoothie bowls is that they are unrealistic. Nobody has time to add pretty flowers and sprinkles to their food. This is why it was important to me that the recipe I share today includes day to day ingredients that can easily be found.

 smoothie bowl
easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen bananas, frozen berries and almond milk. Frozen fruit works better for smoothies in my opinion but you can certainly use fresh fruit. I love the texture that frozen fruit brings to smoothies. I also used almond milk instead of cow’s milk because I wanted a smoothie that wasn’t too creamy but had more of a sorbet taste. For those days when I want a really creamy smoothie, I use milk instead.

This easy banana & berry smoothie bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes. I topped it with pre-sliced fruit for convenience sake but if you want to save money I suggest cutting the fruit yourself. Sometimes I find pre-sliced fruit worth the extra bucks since my time is so limited. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Easy Citrus Sour Cream Mousse Recipe too!

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Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until completely smooth but still thick. Add more liquid as needed to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Serve in a bowl and top with the sliced fruit and granola. So easy!

Grenadian Bake & Fishcake Recipe

There are certain things in life that we all love for example long weekends, pay day, free lunches, vacations and mom’s cooking. As someone who cooks most of the time, I truly appreciate it when someone cooks for me; especially when it’s my mom or mother-in-law. Nothing beats a mothers cooking, it is just a known fact in life.

Bake & fishcake

The past two weeks my mother in law was visiting from Grenada and we had the pleasure of enjoying her cooking. Waking up to the smell of breakfast and relaxing while dinner is being prepared is the best feeling.

​​​​​​​I loved watching her and her niece cook Grenadian dishes. Grenadian food is delicious, unpretentious and packed with lots of flavor. After all, the island is known as the ‘Isle of Spice’ which means you can expect aromatic and well seasoned food. I especially liked learning how to make the popular bake and fishcake breakfast/brunch dish. Bake & fishcake is made with bread that is baked or fried in oil. The bread is usually served in sandwich form with fried fishcakes (bacalao mixed with fresh seasonings) and veggies.

After falling in love with the dish I decided it would be the perfect dish to share with you. Keep in mind there are many ways to make bake and fishcake so this is just one way to do it. One thing in common with all the recipes is they taste amazing no matter how you cook or eat them.

How to make Bake & Fishcake

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients. For the bakes you will need 6 cups all purpose flour, 2 tbsp baking powder, 2 tsp instant yeast, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 1//2 cup butter or butter substitute and a tsp salt.

Step 2. Mix flour with baking powder, yeast, sugar, salt and add butter. Mix the butter into the flour mixture using the rubbing in method. Prepare for messy hands here but make sure your hands are washed before you begin.

Bake & fishcake kneading dough

Step 3. Add fresh coconut blended with warm water into the flour mixture (about 2 cups) and knead till a soft well blended dough is created. You can also use canned coconut milk. It is best to knead on a clean kitchen counter if you don’t have a large board.

Bake & fishcake flour dough ball

Step 4. Form the dough into a large ball and let sit for about 10 minutes. At this point it is a good time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5. Break the dough apart into small balls. Flatten the balls and place in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven till browned on both sides. Usually for about 15 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

coconut bake

The result is perfect hard on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside bread. Next steps is to make the the fish cakes.

salted cod

Step 6. Place desalted saltfish in a large bowl. Salt fish can be desalted by boiling the fish and changing the water till the it reaches your desired salt level. Remember to set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.

Step 7. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Be warned the aroma of these 2 ingredients combined is so good you will find yourself constantly sniffing it.


Step 8. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.

Step 9. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency iss reached.

Bake & fishcake Fried fishcake
Bake & fishcake

Step 10. Fry the fish cakes on both sides till they reach a golden brown color and are crispy on the outside. Place cooked fish cakes on a platter lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.

Bake & saltfish

When ready to serve, slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices. The result is a simple but super delicious bake and fishcake sandwich. It is almost impossible to eat just one because they are just so good. You could go all out and add tomatoes, lettuce and all sorts of fun stuff however these are still awesome served as is. Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.

Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.

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Grenadian Bake & Fishcake Recipe
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Bake
  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups Butter or Butter substitute
  • 2 cups water and coconut mix You can also use coconut milk.
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Fishcake
  • 1/2 pound Salted fish (dry salted cod)
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 large Chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 Seasoning peppers finely chopped Preferably Grenadian sweet seasoning peppers
  • 1 tsp Pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Canola oil for frying
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Bake
  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups Butter or Butter substitute
  • 2 cups water and coconut mix You can also use coconut milk.
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Fishcake
  • 1/2 pound Salted fish (dry salted cod)
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 large Chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 Seasoning peppers finely chopped Preferably Grenadian sweet seasoning peppers
  • 1 tsp Pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Canola oil for frying
Instructions
Bake
  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, yeast and salt; add butter and rub in using your fingers.
  2. Stir in water and coconut into flour mixture until well blended and can form into a ball.
  3. Place on a floured board or the kitchen counter and knead for a few minutes. Let it rest for about 10-15mins
  4. Divide the dough into about 20 pieces and shape them into balls. Flatten each ball and place on greased baking tray.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned
Fishcake
  1. Boil the fish and change the water after each boil until it reaches your desired salt level. Set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.
  2. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.
  3. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency is reached.
  4. Heat a canola oil in a deep frying pan. Drop mixture by spoon full into the hot oil, 4-6 at a time until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  5. Slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices...sooo good.

Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast

Breaking news! Avocado toast is out and mashed pea toast is in! If you are on instagram you probably saw a million pictures of avocado toast last year. I am going to say avo toast is so 2018 and 2019 is all about mashed pea toast. Don’t get me wrong avo toast is still a favorite of mine but its good to switch things up.

Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast

Mashed pea toast is really easy to make and I know what you are thinking. Mashed peas on toast? When they are mashed, peas get a little creamy and the skins give some delicious texture. I love to add some, basil, parmesan and olive oil to elevate the flavor and give it pesto vibe but you certainly mash them with simple salt, pepper and olive oil.

I also love the variation of a lemony mashed pea toast. Bon Appetit has a great recipe for toast with lemony pea mash. You can add different herbs like parsley, mint or chives to mashed peas. For this recipe I topped the toast with boiled eggs to make it a complete meal.

Mashed Pea Toast
Easy Mashed Pea Toast with boiled eggs
Easy Mashed Pea Toast with boiled eggs

Recipe notes for Mashed Pea Toast

The Parmesan cheese is already salty so adding salt is optional in this recipe. It is very important to use a good quality olive oil and fresh basil to get the best pop of flavor in the recipe. Also choosing a whole grain and seedy bread is the best choice for this dish. White or plain bread just won’t do it justice.

Not only is this recipe delicious it also good for you. Peas are a great source of nutrients. Including being a good source of anti aging, healthy immune system promoting antioxidants. They are also a great source of fibre without being too heavy. I used frozen peas out of convenience but you can certainly use fresh peas. Just remember to choose the smaller ones as they are sweeter and more tender.

Want more delicious breakfast ideas, check out my Kale, Egg and Cheese quesadilla recipe here!

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Mashed Pea Toast Recipe
Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast
Instructions
  1. Boil peas for 5 minutes till tender. While peas are cooking place garlic, pine nuts, basil, parmesan in a food processor.
  2. Once peas are cooked add them to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse for 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and blend in the food processor till it reaches a consistency you like. Add more olive if necessary and serve over toast, with boiled eggs.

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