Y’all, Show Her Some Lovin’. A Mother’s Day Breakfast from Texas.
Breakfast is daybreak, a new beginning, a fresh start. It’s optimism, the glass half-full and, most importantly, it’s deliciously filling. It starts off slow then revs you up.
Being adventurous, road-trippin’ people ourselves, we’re big fans of the roadside breakfast found in every one-horse town and big city. But when it’s Mom’s special day, a home-cooked meal is a sure-fire way to reach her heart. As with life, you need the sweet to balance the spice, so we suggest a see-saw of maple sweet with Texas spice:
Texas Toast One-Eyed Jack, served with Spicy Maple Bacon
For Texas Style One-Eyed Jack
8 slices Texas toast (extra thick country-style bread)
8 large eggs
1 cup freshly shredded cheese, sharp cheddar or pepper jack
Salsa, to taste
For Spicy Maple Bacon
1 pound thick-cut bacon
¼ cup pure maple syrup
Mom’s favorite hot sauce
Spicy Maple Bacon
1. Pre-heat oven to 400. Lay bacon strips side-by-side on baking sheet.
2. In a small dish, whisk hot sauce into maple syrup, then brush or drizzle onto bacon. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
3. Take bacon from oven, and re-apply spicy maple drizzle.
4. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until bacon reaches desired crispiness.
Texas Toast One-Eyed Jack
You may have heard it called eggs in a basket, sunshine toast, or gashouse eggs. We know it as one-eyed Jack. This time, show Mom your love and make her fried egg heart-shaped.
1. Butter both sides of Texas toast. With a cookie cutter, knife, or your kids’ crafty fingers, create a heart-shaped cutout from the middle of the bread, and set aside.
2. Heat large skillet on medium, and add butter. Grill bread and cutout heart in skillet 2-3 minutes, until golden.
3. Flip bread and heart piece, drop a pad of butter in the hole, and crack an egg in the center. Top egg and bread with a sprinkling of cheese. Cover and cook about 2-3 minutes.
4. Serve with salsa, and the heart-shaped toast for Mom to break her yolk with.
This day is all about Mom relaxing, so don’t let her crack an egg on the fry pan or lift a finger on the dishes. Give her piping hot coffee, her favorite section of the paper, and if she’s lucky, you’ll make her a mimosa, too.