A New Mexican Thanksgiving Brunch
Mimi’s Egg Soufflé with Green Chilies
I decided to ask my mother in law for her recipe for egg soufflé. It is the staple for Hanukah and also for the breaking of the fast at Yom Kippur at her house. It is a delicious combination of bread, eggs, and cheese. I will add my own addition, green chilies.
Take 6 slices of bread, crusts removed, lightly butter, and cut in half.
In a bowl combine 6 eggs, 1 teaspoon dried minced onion, salt and pepper, and 2 cups of milk. I am adding 1/4 cup of green chilies.
Have 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese ready.
Butter a high casserole pan. Layer part of the bread, egg mixture, then cheese Finish by layering the rest of the bread, egg, and top with cheese.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, take out and leave on counter for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for one hour uncovered.
The fruit cocktail is a mixture of fruits that we canned over the summer. In the root cellar rests jars of cinnamon peaches, honey apricots, blueberries, pumpkin pie spiced apples, and cherries.
The cinnamon rolls could easily be made. I have a great recipe, however, that early in the morning, among my children that will all be in one place for a whole three hours together, I would really rather not be spending all my time in the kitchen. So store bought, ready to bake, organic cinnamon rolls will certainly suffice.
Creamed corn is in golden jars held in the basement only needing a dab of butter.
Pinon coffee is a New Mexican specialty. Simply grind a tablespoon of pine nuts in with whole coffee beans before you brew it. It creates a nutty, and delicious accompaniment to breakfast.
Egg Nog (we’re going to have to do that homemade during the Christmas season) and Orange Juice are from the health food store.
A New Mexican blanket will act as a table cloth, mix matched red china (turkeys and English castles), sparkling wine glasses, and cloth napkins will don the table. Candles, mini-pumpkins that grew in our garden, and Indian corn will add fall splendour.
We’ll toast to our blessings and pray for the opportunity to help others and be a blessing to those that meet us.