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Office Breakfast Ideas Needed

lrostron Aug 16, 2007 12:24 PM

I'm putting together an office breakfast for a co worker's birthday next week, and seem stymied for ideas. Typically, I'd make a frittata or the like, or maybe some cheesy smoky grits, but this group tends to go towards the, how shall we say, more mundane items. I swear, last time I made grits, I had to explain what they were! So, any suggestions, as such, a potato and egg dish (not a frittata) or breakfast-y potato type things? So far, someone's bringing coffee cakes (shop bought), and a fruit platter.

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    jamesm Aug 16, 2007 12:26 PM

    Can you cook at the office, or does everything have to be prepared in advanced?

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    1. re: jamesm
      lrostron Aug 16, 2007 02:08 PM

      Prepped in advance, unfortunately.

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      gyozagirl Aug 16, 2007 12:29 PM

      http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,185,15...

      I made this casserole for a brunch that I hosted for a bunch of friends- was the first item gone at brunch! I added different colored chopped peppers for some color, but even with that, it's with basic ingredients that everyone is familiar with (at least I'd hope they were!). Nothing fancy, but I think that's what you're looking for? Also, you can make it ahead of time and just warm it up before serving (or at room temp, it seemed to still go over well).

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        Val Aug 16, 2007 12:29 PM

        You might consider this hearty casserole, Sausage and Potato Breakfast Casserole, from Epicurious...have made it for 4 office brunches and it always disappears... I like using Jimmy Dean Sage sausage for it and I usually let the hash browns thaw before I bake the dish:

        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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          lrostron Aug 16, 2007 02:09 PM

          That will work for this crowd ... thanks!

        2. JungMann Aug 16, 2007 12:29 PM

          If you can get a chafing dish, maybe something as simple as creamy scrambled eggs with chives and creme fraiche would do the trick. If you want to be extra decadent, you can make the eggs in truffle butter.

          I also have a recipe for a great savory oatmeal, though it might be too heavy for the summertime.

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          1. re: JungMann
            lrostron Aug 16, 2007 02:14 PM

            But it will be fall soon, and oatmeal is a staple at my house, please share!

            1. re: lrostron
              JungMann Aug 16, 2007 02:20 PM

              Fry up 6 slices of bacon until crispy; chop bacon, set aside and reserve grease. In a separate pot, cook about 2 c. of pinhead oats in chicken stock until done, but not too dry. Add bacon, about 3-4 tbsp. of reserved bacon grease, 1 c. of parmesan and pepper and seasoned salt to taste. Top with parsley and chives. If you're especially decadent, you can serve it piping hot and with a freshly cracked egg on top. For a once in a while treat, it's a hearty breakfast that will keep you going well into the afternoon.

              1. re: JungMann
                lrostron Aug 16, 2007 03:34 PM

                Oh, yum, thank you!

          2. SweetPhyl Aug 16, 2007 01:41 PM

            We always do an office Christmas Breakfast...I make my homemade biscuits, somebody makes a crockpot of sausage gravy or creamed chipped beef and someone brings country ham and someone makes a killer cream cheese & smoked salmon frittata. And, of course, lots of fresh fruit salad. Rarely any leftovers....of anything.

            1. femmenikita Aug 16, 2007 02:00 PM

              Would a potato+cheese+herb quiche or a nice soufflee be too much for them? Around here everyone eats home fried potato & scrambled egg breakfast tacos. I always forget that b. fast tacos and burritos are regional things, but they are not bad at all with some good cheese thrown on top (mmm Tillamook extra sharp cheddar), and a good fresh salsa on the side. The quality of the flour tortillas used to make these will make or break em. It's always nicec to add some extra sea salt and hungarian paprika to your home fries for a little zip.

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