Rise 'n Shine

When people talk about the holiday season, most think about all of the dinner parties and such. Why not try something new this year: invite guests over for an intimate breakfast. It has been said that, when a person really wants to see you, he'll invite you for breakfast. One great advantage of having a couple of people over for breakfast (or brunch) is that you can avoid the formality that often accompanies dinner parties.

This Breakfast Loaf is a terrific way to impress your guests. It's quite filling, so you can round out your meal with fresh fruit, maybe some fresh muffins, and the traditional coffee and orange juice. Then, sit back and enjoy your company.

If you'd like to avoid any extra work in the morning, put together the loaf the night before and wrap it in aluminum foil. Then, in the morning, all you'll have to do is bake it. You might have to bake it a bit longer if you've had it in the refrigerator all night. No problem -- it gives you more time to chat with friends and family. Happy Holidays!

Breakfast Loaf

  • 1 - 8" round bread loaf
  • 4 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 T. grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces sliced black olives
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced and cooked

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the top off of the bread loaf; set aside for lid. Remove interior of the loaf, leaving 1" on all sides and bottom.

Layer the following inside the loaf:

  1. turkey bacon
  2. red pepper
  3. eggs, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese
  4. black olives
  5. tomato
  6. cheese
  7. mushrooms

Replace the lid and wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake about 30 minutes or until heated throughout. Cut into 8 wedges and serve with fresh fruit.

  • Yields: 8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes