Monday, February 2, 2015

Hobbit Breakfast!

I love the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit included. J.R.R. Tolkein's masterpiece is one of my favorite book series. As great as my fandom is, it doesn't even come close to that of my boyfriend's. Dude might as well have the books memorized. He has read all the backstories. You can pretty much ask him any question about the Middle Earth universe and he can answer it.

So, naturally, we both also love the movies. We've seen the premiere of every movie in The Hobbit trilogy. And we have had a tradition of going to Denny's the morning after we see the movie for their themed Hobbit breakfast. This year was to be no different. We planned to see The Battle of the Five Armies and then enjoy our awesome second breakfast. mean you don't have second breakfast? Well you're missing out big time.

Alas, Denny's, for some reason I will never understand, did not release a Hobbit-themed menu this year. Curses! Well I am not one to give up so easily. So I decided I would make my own Hobbit breakfast at home for us to enjoy after the movie.

And you know what? It was 1000% better! Seriously, why didn't I think of this sooner??

Side note on the movie: We went to see the first showing of The Battler of the Five Armies, which happened to be on a Tuesday at 7:00PM. They're moving these premieres up earlier and earlier each time. It's weird. Anyway, the verdict: I felt Desolation of Smaug was better. Granted, I didn't hate the third installment as much as many of the LOTR fans out there. There was a lot of criticism concerning how long the fighting lasted. But really, "BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES" ... what were you expecting? They pulled a lot of good side content from the book appendices, etc. I just felt it was a little lacking. Not terrible. An OK end to the series. But I would have done some things differently.

Anyways, now that my mini movie review is out of the way, on to the main event: here is how to prepare you very own Hobbit breakfast!

Hobbit Breakfast for 2

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~ Ingredients ~

For the Hobbit Holes
4 eggs
2 rolls ciabatta (or your choice of bread)
Shredded cheddar cheese

For the Mushrooms
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, diced
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
2 Tbsp cornstarch
Salt & pepper to taste

For the Bacon
1 package bacon

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~ Directions ~

Hobbit Holes (Eggs in a Basket)

I took the inspiration for these straight from the Denny's Hobbit menu. They are so delicious and pretty easy to put together. Regarding the type of bread, I used ciabatta rolls, but you can use any type of bread you choose, as long as it's something that goes well with eggs and cheddar cheese. Heck, you can even use cheese bread and save yourself that step. I wanted to use something really fresh so I got my bread at Olde Hearth Bread Company. For those of you who live in the Orlando area, that's at East End Market on Corrine Drive. Highly recommend. Their bread is so fresh!

The first thing you need to do it cut the rolls in half lengthwise. Then cut a circle in the middle of each half. Make sure it is a size big enough for an egg to fit in. Unless you have a large skillet it is easiest to cook these one roll (both halves) at a time. So place two of the bread halves into a heated skillet and crack two of the eggs, one into each circular hole. Sprinkle a generous amount of the shredded cheddar on top. Be sure to fry the cut our circles too!

Allow the Hobbit holes to cook for a few minutes, until the bottom of the egg is firm, at which point, carefully flip the bun over. Note you will lose some of the cheese at this point. That's OK. Allow the Hobbit holes to cook for a few more minutes and flip back over. At this point, the top layer should be somewhat cooked and the cheese should be melted. Be careful not to overcook the egg. It should be cooked over-easy inside the bread.

Repeat with the other bun (if making for two) and set aside somewhere where it will stay warm.

Hobbit-Style Mushrooms

Because, what Hobbit meal is complete without mushrooms?

Saute the chopped onions and garlic cloves in oil until the onions are soft. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook for a few more minutes. Then, add in 1 and 1/2 cups of the water and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes. I would actually recommend making this first and letting it simmer while you're making the Hobbit Holes.

Mix the cornstarch with the remaining half cup of water, and add it to the mushroom mixture. Cook until the mixture has thickened, about a minute. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to your taste preference.


Cook bacon according to package instructions, or in whatever way you enjoy it prepared. Nathan loves bacon so I added it to our Hobbit breakfast spread. Because...why not?

And there you have it folks. A breakfast that will make you feel like you're enjoying a nice quiet morning in The Shire. Or maybe not so quite. Enjoy!

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