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Croissant Brunch Casserole

The Daffodil Brunch

 Porcelain birdhouses, leafy lanterns and mini daffodils bring a little sunshine to the table. 

Porcelain birdhouses, leafy lanterns and mini daffodils bring a little sunshine to the table. 

If I had to name our place, I might call it “Daffodil Hill.” In spring daffodils pop up everywhere around us. They carpet the bank of the ravine in our back yard and boldly march, a cheerful parade of sunny yellow, up through the woods and right on by the house. We invited Tim’s sisters to come for brunch so they could see this annual display. While they are not in full bloom yet, the daffodils are undaunted by the very un-spring-like, extremely cold dreary weather, and more open every day.

When it comes to entertaining, I enjoy planning and serving brunches best. I suppose it’s the wide variety of dishes that lend themselves to a meal that spans morning and afternoon. I’m always looking for something new to try. And although hosts are always cautioned not to try new recipes on guests, that is exactly what I do. It’s part of the fun and Tim’s sisters have always been good sports about being my gustatory guinea pigs. Tim’s eyes lit up when his sister Ann arrived, bringing a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.

DAFFODIL BRUNCH MENU
Sparkling Strawberry Mimosas
Spring Salad
Fresh Grapes and Strawberries
Lemon Shortbread Wedges
Blackberry Crumb Bars (It’s a Martha Stewart recipe and SO GOOD! I will share soon.)
Croissant Brunch Casserole

Croissant Brunch Casserole

Ingredients:

Even though it was a new recipe, it was quite easy to put together. It began as a Women’s Day recipe, but I “worked” it a little bit. I thought the buttery croissants might make this a heavy dish, but it wasn’t at all. I let the croissants dry out a little bit before using as I feared they might become too soggy in the egg mixture. The original directions said the casserole may be refrigerated overnight, but again, I was worried about soggy factor, so I opted for an hour.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, plus some for greasing dish
½ cup chopped onion
8 ounces button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
3 cups fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried
12 mini croissants
8 ounces (about 1½ cups) grated Gruyère cheese, divided
8 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Dash dried red pepper flakes

Directions:

  • Generously grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Sauté onion over medium high heat until translucent; add sliced mushrooms and cook until they begin to turn golden around the edges. Add baby spinach and cook briefly, just until it begins to wilt. Remove skillet from heat.
  • While vegetables cook, slice mini croissants almost in half (like a hot dog bun). Arrange in prepared dish open sides up. Spoon vegetable mixture into center of each croissant, dividing evenly. Sprinkle each with cheese – use about 1 cup.
  • Beat eggs (I use my immersion blender). Add milk and seasonings. Pour over stuffed croissants. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Gently press croissants down with a spatula. Cover with foil and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375°F. Bake foil covered casserole for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Remove foil and bake for an additional 25 – 30 minutes. Egg mixture should be cooked through and casserole top golden brown.
 Red strawberries in my favorite blue colander is a springy sight. 

Red strawberries in my favorite blue colander is a springy sight. 

 A hearty thanks goes to Isobel the White Crested Black Polish hen who diligently worked to supply us with eggs. 

A hearty thanks goes to Isobel the White Crested Black Polish hen who diligently worked to supply us with eggs. 

 I was so pleased with how simple it was to put this casserole together. Now all it needs is a sprinkling of cheese and the custard mixture. 

I was so pleased with how simple it was to put this casserole together. Now all it needs is a sprinkling of cheese and the custard mixture. 

 

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