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We have a crazy tradition here in Philly where grown men dress like women and get drunk while parading down Broad St. We live close to said parade and are having a party at our tiny apartment. I'd like a one-pot meal to help soak up the booze and fill bellys on what is most likely going to be an early, and cold day here. I was thinking chili, but it may be a bit early for that. It starts at 830am. Any ideas? The crockpot will be my best friend, as it can keep the food warm with minimal attention...

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  1. How about some type of hash, or Joe's special (lots of recipes on the internet - here's one - http://www.food.com/recipe/Joes-Speci...

    1. I would do an egg and sausage strata. Your imagination is your only limitation. Great drunk food.

      You could have several all ready, and pop one in the oven as the last one comes out.

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      1. re: smtucker

        That's what I would do, too. So easy in a crock pot, too.

        1. re: smtucker

          +2 on the strata - the ideas are limitless - like your holiday stuffing only flavored different (savory bread pudding?).

          This is one I made recently -

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

          A big pan of breakfast enchiladas would also work well (potato, mex chorizo, potato etc).

        2. Baked French Toast (Numerous recipes online) can be made the night before and popped in the oven in the morning,

          Would also be a good idea to have something in the crockpot. Perhaps even an oddball idea like chili sauce and grape jelly with frozen turkey meatballs. Surprisingly tasty sweet and sour meatballs.

          Personally, I am a big fan of oatmeal. You can serve raisins, craisins, nuts, etc., on the side

          PS I <3 the Mummers!

          1. A few more ideas to add -

            For the breakfast part of the day ~ bloody mary soup in the crockpot; slices of kielbasa simmered in a little wine and a pinch of sugar to glaze, with a dollop of coarse mustard stirred in; strata; bagels with assorted choices of toppings; devilled eggs; mini muffins.

            At lunchtime, you could put out a crockpot full of Italian beef for sandwiches (cooked a day or two before with chuck, which is pretty economical); potato salad; cherry tomato, cucumber and red onion salad in viniagrette; brownies, etc.

            Sounds like such a fun day!

            1. How about a Spanish omelet? Peel and dice thumbnail-sized pieces of potatoes and onions and deep-fry in olive oil over medium-low heat until cooked through. Set vegetables aside and fold them into a bowl of raw scrambled eggs. Remove excess oil from pan, pour in potato/onion/egg mixture, cover and cook on low heat, no stirring. Carefully flip the whole thing in one piece when one side is set, but not browned. Cook until the other side is done.

              You'll end up with a thick, rich patty that can be sliced into wedges for service. It only uses one pan and it even tastes better cold.

              1. Obviously a dish must involve whole sausages... preferably the mini variety.

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                1. re: Sal Vanilla

                  I noticed after I posted that Chow has a breakfast casserole with whole sausages (in their best brunch recipes write up). That might be nice too.

                  I then got to wondering if there was an actual recipe for beefcake. So naturally I googled and looked at images. Very entertaining and... somewhat revolting. An interesting mix.

                2. Agree with the suggestions for a sausage and cheese strata. Very easy to make and is good hot or room temperature.

                  It would be very easy to compute how much to make based on your anticipated number of guests. Just think of each person getting a nice hunk of bread, a sausage patty and an egg. I use 3/4 cup of milk per two eggs, Double the above for very large and/or drunk men.

                  Per pound of sausage I would say four eggs and 1 1/2 cups milk. Would feed four gluttons to satiety.

                  The best part is you put it together the night before and bake when you get up the next morning.

                  1. Oh, I think you on track with chili, spice it up and go for it.