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Nov 9, 2008 09:39 AM

Grinch Themed Office Breakfast - really!

Need help with a Grinch themed breakfast! My dear boyfriend works for an advertising agency where every Friday someone provides breakfast for everyone (25ppl). They have a small standard kitchen with 4 burner stove top, oven and microwave. Other offerings have ranged from basic to the extremely creative.

It's his turn again in December & he wants to use my Grinch waffle irons and have a Holiday theme. Breakfast is served around 9 a.m. He's definetly going to make Gingerbread waffles, so he wants to keep the other items simple or can be made ahead of time.

Would love some creative ideas to go with the Gingerbread waffles! Smithfield ham? Flavored syrups? Fruit or chocolate toppings for waffles? Easy egg dish? Specialty drink? Help!

BTW, the Grinch waffle iron creates waffles that look like the curly-q or swirls that are all over the original movie & book.

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  1. There's a Nigella Lawson recipe that might fit the bill -- thins slices of ham wrapped in pesto crepes. It's not the Grinch but it's Dr. Seuss and green....

    1. What fun! A ham would be a great idea and could be labeled 'Roast Beast' as a book reference. There aren't as many food refs in the book as I thought there were. In the text, there's just the rare Who-roast-beast, Who-pudding, and the 'last can of Who-hash' (that wasn't part of the feast, but the Grinch stole it anyhow).

      Creative labels could be fun. How about a bowl of blueberries for topping the waffles labeled 'Who-berries'? Passionfruit syrup with a few drops of green food coloring for 'Grinch syrup'. Limeade + pineapple juice for a tasty green-tinged 'Grinch juice'.

      If I were him, I'd worry about how long it will take to make enough waffles for 25 people with just one waffle iron.

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      1. re: Karen_Schaffer

        Great creative suggestions! I actually have two of the Grinch waffle makers & a regular Belgian one. He will have a buddy helping him with waffle duty & they can use the oven or a chafing dish to keep pre-made ones warm. People usually stagger in for about an hour & not all at once, which helps!

      2. Bob Blumer, the Surreal Gourmet, made Green Eggs and Ham (okay, not Grinch but Seuss) with the base of the egg cut out of a slice of honeydew melon, the yolk was a scoop of canteloupe, and the ham was a couple of thin strips of proscuitto. A take on proscuitto and melon. A little drizzle of honey-mustard dressing or not.

        Made this once as the appy at a dinner part for a friend who does an annual Dr. Seuss birthday party with his elementary class. I tried to find a picture to link for you but came up empty. Cut the honeydew irregularly but smoothly like a fried egg shape.

        Please tell us about some of the other breakfasts! This is so clever, and maybe we could pick up a trick or two.

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        1. re: nemo

          We like the idea of a Seussian inspired menu! Before your posts, I was thinking more about Holiday type foods, but this is more fun! Keep the ideas coming. In the past most of the themes have been inspired by heritage (Frech, Jewish, Italian, Southern, etc.), so a Seuss theme will be dialing it up a notch. Last time he was the host we did a Breakfast Fiesta; the Chorizo, queso fresco and poblano Strata was a hit.

          1. re: oldbaycupcake

            There's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish -- maybe make a blue cracker dough and use a fish cookie cutter to cut it out, then put out a spread with a salmon & cream cheese for them.

        2. And instead of a chef's toque, even if it's made of paper and stapled together, while he's cooking and serving, of course he must wear

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          1. re: nemo

            Love the new Avatar! Very fitting for such a knowledgable Seussian!

          2. Do you, or someone in your family, possess enough artistic ability to create a replica of the Grinch character using modeling clay?
            If so, how about preparing this:
            Coloring the marshmallow/butter mixture with green food coloring (I would try to keep the amount of food coloring low - just enough to get the proper hue) and forming it into an image of the Grinch?
            Or baking a sheet coffee cake, coloring it green and cutting it into the shape of the Grinch, the adding almond halves at an angle to represent the eyes and bacon pieces or a piped on dark raisin puree to outline other facial features?