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Say Hello to Spring!

Say Hello to Spring!

We’ve been waiting all winter and spring has finally arrived.  Flowers are poking their green stems through the dirt, small blooms are popping up on sunny corners, and even the trees are starting to bud.  With spring comes the annual promise of fresh produce including asparagus, strawberries, green onions, rhubarb, peas, grapefruit, and a variety of spring greens.  To celebrate the return of warm weather, here are a few fresh and seasonal recipes for a delightful spring breakfast.

Artichoke Frittata

Ingredients

2 9 ounce boxes frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and quartered

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

12 large eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup grated pecorino-romano cheese

1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 pinch nutmeg

Salt and pepper

Lemon wedges, for serving

Spring greens, for serving

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, toss the artichokes with the flour to coat.

2. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat the EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the artichokes and fry until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, cream, cheese, parsley and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Pour the eggs over the artichokes and cook until just set.

3. Transfer the frittata to the oven and bake until set and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool, then slice into quarters and serve with the lemon wedges and a side of fresh spring greens

 

Meyer Lemon Strawberry MuffinsMeyer Lemon Strawberry Muffins

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest and juice of one Meyer Lemon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups chopped, fresh strawberries

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Position rack in center of oven. Butter or spray with a non-stick cooking spray 12 muffin cups. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, oil, Meyer Lemon juice and vanilla extract.

3. In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. Gently fold in the berries. With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter.

4. Fill each muffin cup almost full of batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.

 

Spring Asparagus and Bacon Hash

Ingredients

¼ pound bacon, cut into ¼-inch dice (pancetta is also a good idea)

1 pound fingerling potatoes, peeled, cut into ½-inch dice

1 small yellow onion, diced

½ pound asparagus ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch segments

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons butter

4 eggs

 

Directions

1. Add bacon to a large cast iron pan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about ten minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

2. Add potatoes to the pan, stir well until they are coated in the rendered fat, and then spread them out into a single layer. Season with salt and pepper, and cook without stirring until lightly browned on the bottom. Using a spatula, flip the potatoes and cook until lightly browned. Continue this process until all sides are lightly browned, about 15 minutes total.

3. Add onion to the pan and stir well. Cook until onions are softened, about five minutes. Add the asparagus, stir well, and then cover the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is crisp and tender, five to eight minutes. Return the bacon to the pan, stir, and let cook for a minute until warm. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve with scrambled eggs, fried eggs or poached eggs.

 

Of course, if these recipes sound like too much work, why not take yourself out to breakfast in Denver?  At the Original Pancake House, we would be happy to serve you one of our spring favorites such as the Strawberry Belgian Waffles or our Florentine Omelet!  Happy spring!

Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

It’s that time of year!  The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has us bundled up and running around town finding little things to bring joy to our family and friends.  To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite stocking stuffer ideas!  For the forgetful spouse – Trying to get to… Continue Reading

What’s cooking? The Original Pancake House Denver chefs share their favorite home recipes!

What’s cooking? The Original Pancake House Denver chefs share their favorite home recipes!

The chefs at The Original Pancake House Denver are up early every morning to create delightful breakfast treats for our customers.  Pancakes, crepes, waffles and omelets are hand-crafted and cooked to perfection by our hard-working team.  So what do our chefs do when they head home for supper?   They cook, of course!  Here are a… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Tradition…is delicious!

Thanksgiving Tradition…is delicious!

Funny how perfectly our saying “Tradition is Delicious” fits the Thanksgiving holiday. Whenever we gather around the table with our loved ones, it’s hard not to include tradition.  And in the case of Thanksgiving, most traditions are delicious! We’ve collected a few interesting turkey day traditions from across the United States; read on to find… Continue Reading

All About Pumpkins!

All About Pumpkins!

Halloween is just around the corner and pumpkins abound on almost every front porch in our Denver neighborhood. With this healthy gourd on our mind, we came up with a few ways to incorporate pumpkin into your breakfast recipe repertoire. Read on to learn how you can make pumpkins part of a perfect fall morning.… Continue Reading

Celebrate Fall with APPLES!

Celebrate Fall with APPLES!

Tis the season for apples!  One of our favorite fruits at The Original Pancake House Denver, apples are harvested every year from late August through early October.  We love apples so much we feature them in several of our breakfast dishes – the Apple Belgian Waffle, our Potato Pancakes with sour cream and cinnamon apple… Continue Reading

Golfing for Firefighters

On June 23 and 24, The Original Pancake House Denver helped sponsor the annual South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation Gala and Memorial Golf Tournament. One of the largest charity events in the state of Colorado, the tournament raises funds to support professional firefighters and their families who face financial hardships as a result of off-duty… Continue Reading

Summer Favorites

Temperatures are rising, the flowers are in bloom, and flip flops abound – summer is here!  At The Original Pancake House Denver we like to enjoy the season with a few breakfast items that celebrate summer from beloved vacation destinations.  So though you may be dining on breakfast in Denver, your taste buds will be… Continue Reading

 

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