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Green Eggs & Ham Bris

Tonight, I sit and reach out not as a chef or caterer, but rather a new father, planning my son's fleishig bris for later in the week, no office to any of you NY bagel/cream cheese/lox folk. We are going for playful on this one. Here are my thoughts so far, but I'd love to hear what idea's y'all have for me. Here's where we are at so far

Stuffed Challah French Toast
Green Eggs & Ham (Pesto or Chive Scrambled Eggs with asst Kosher Bacons - Apple'n'Hickory smoked Turkey, Veal & Beef)
Hash Browns
Smoked Breakfast Sausage
Asst Fruits
Breakfast danish, muffins and pastries

Any fun ideas would be most welcome, especially if they can be tied in with a children's book for a creative display, like the Seussian choice above.

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    1. re: bagelman01

      Brilliant!!!!!! Maybe even a couple of "Wimpy" breakfast sliders to boot. Love It!

    2. Not a children's book but two Sesame Street characters come to mind. The Amazing Mumfords Ala peanutbutter sandwiches and Cookiemonster cookies. Now those aren't really breakfast like your menu so how about pat a cake pancakes and Muffin Man muffins?

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      1. re: suzigirl

        That one's a bit of a stretch suzie, plus marking 200 pancakes all marked with a "B" sound like a pain. My wife and I were just talking about setting up our kid's play bricks making a wall around the salami'n'eggs or omelet station with a bit of a humpty dumpty theme.... I have always loved having warm chocolate chip cookies at the coffee station at the end of an event for my guests to take for the road....YES to the Cookie-monster idea! Thanks!!! Keep'm coming y'all.

        1. re: gotcholent

          Go withe humpty dumpty around the omlette station. I thought of humpty dumpty but couldn't come up with a good application as I was thinking boiled eggs but when you think about it he was for sure scrambled. :-) Sincere congratulations on your new baby daddy. Hope your party goes swimmingly

        2. re: suzigirl

          How about cupcakes with the cookie as Cookiemonster's mouth, along the lines of this:

          I also saw some Elmo cupcakes:

          And then, if you want a slightly healthier version of Elmo: (scroll to the last pic

          And a big mazel tov to you and Mrs. gotcholent

        3. Maybe do something with the fruit. Like a watermelon "cradle" with a melon-faced "baby" in it http://designtoshine.blogspot.co.nz/2...

          Mazal tov!

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          1. re: AdinaA

            I lost out to my chef who was totally on your side for this one. Here;s his pic....I still think that it's a bit freaky looking.

            On behalf of my son, Nadiv, and whole family......Thanks for the fantastic ideas!!!

            1. re: gotcholent

              Mazal tov again.

              And I am totally looking forward to seeing you cater a kiddush featuring spotted dick.

          2. Is a gingerbread house/candy house too easy? Or sunny-side up eggs for Horton's famous egg?

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            1. re: ahuva

              Hard to do the sunny-side-up thing without making the eggs to order...which for the number of people that I am expecting would require far too many sous chefs out on the floor. otherwise you get a ton of people in a rush to get back to work waiting in line instead of enjoying a festive meal with family and friends. The ginger bread idea is cute but I'm afraid that no one would touch it. Adina, we've made bassinets with wheels out of watermelons many times before....the fake fruit face is a wee bit scary looking me thinks, but in general, I dig it.

            2. Mazel tov, but if I were you, I'd lose the catering plans and just enjoy the baby and the bris. It's hard enough coordinating things without also having to do the catering.

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              1. re: ganeden

                I wish that was even an option ganeden. But to do this inhouse, in my own shul, where my guys are already going to be hard at work makes so so much more sense. The room will be set-up the day before, and we can totally have our ducks in a row....not to mention the breakfast sausages smokin' outside in my own bbq rig. Not to worry, the team is good and I'll be in the minyan. I did the deed with my second son, and plan to be upfront to do my youngest on Thurs....b'H. As an aside, I could not afford hiring someone else to do this for me and would only be upset with the food and service.

                1. re: gotcholent

                  First of all - Congratulations! Second of all, I am so stealing this idea for my son's upsherin this summer! You are a genius and a half! My kids are obsessed with Dr. Seuss - can you do green and yellow desserts? and put them around a "mouse" and a "house". I would absolutely do everything in orange, yellow and green - they are such happy baby colors! I think it would be cool to have all the little props for transportation that are listed in the story and to have the food (at least desserts) displayed around them. And if you are having kids, maybe a small yellow and green candy bar with little take away baggies or carry out containers so they can take them home? You can make green eggs and ham stickers on your computer with a "thank you" note and stick them on. Anyway, this sounds like tons of fun! Most importantly, I hope when your baby gets older, he will eat everything you make without complaining:)

              2. I love the Green Eggs & Ham- Pardes does something similar- Greens, Eggs, & Lamb.

                I feel like there should be something to do with the Butter Battle Book (another Dr Seuss), but obviously butter doesn't work, so that's out unless you can think of a good variant (maybe apple butter, or something like).

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                1. re: masteraleph

                  hmmm...so so hard to do without the milchigs and a good shmeer section. But maybe some good homemade jams and whipped marg next to the sliced breads, bagels or croisants, with a mechitzah between the butter side up and butter side down camps.

                  Also, Yink's Pink Ink Drink ~ aka ruby red grapefruit juice... too early in the morning for a pasta salad i think, otherwise a simple dog toy over the serving bowls equals a perfect - "poodles eating noodles" I'm sat here chuckling my kishkes out y'all...must be the sleep deprived delirium kicking in. Keep 'em comin please!

                2. MAZEL TOV!!!
                  may you continue to have only nachas.

                  1. You could serve (french fried) Finny's Fresh Fish. From Fox in Socks. The book is bane of my existence, if only because I can't do it.

                    Or red fish and blue fish?

                    And Mazel tov!

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                    1. re: craigcep

                      You think you've got it tough? When my girl was little I spent years doing Fox in Socks in Hebrew. The Spouse used to ask me to read it to dinner guests as a party trick. Talk about tongue tangling.

                      Btw, mazal tov, gotcholent. Shep lots of nachas.

                    2. Mazel Tov! What a cute idea. Love the idea of a more whimsical bris menu. Memorable and fun! I went to a Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower last year. Most of the dishes were standard fare with names inspired by the books. If I remember correctly there was "Grinch Guacamole", "Hop on Pop(corn)", "Greens, Eggs & Ham benedict", "Cat & the Hat cupcakes", "Pink Ink Yink lemonade".

                      Maybe along the lines of a Dr. Seuss theme you could incorporate other foods inspired by children's literature and place the corresponding book near the dish? The book 'If You Give a Moose a Muffin" immediately comes to mind. Maybe some "moose muffins"? Likewise, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie".

                      These are less breakfasty but could work with some creative bent:
                      -"Chicken Soup with Rice" by Maurice Sendak. Not sure how plausible soup is, but the book's a classic!
                      -A "Strega Nona" inspired pasta dish
                      -Put a copy of "Very Hungry Caterpillar" near assorted fruits/veggies/meats

                      Hope that helps!

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                      1. re: thelittlemiller

                        Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I have tons of Hungry Caterpillar paraphernalia in the house, including a 3 foot puzzle that could totally liven up the dessert space. Oooh I know myself too well, I'm sure we'd end up poking little holes in everything.

                      2. Mazal tov! Could you do all Seuss?

                        Fruit station - Ten Apples Up on Top or Truffula Trees from the Lorax

                        Salami and Eggs - Horton Hatches the Egg

                        French Toast (or Pain d'Ore) - Le Chat Chapeaute

                        Sausages and Hash Browns - The Nook with the Hook cookbook character in One Fish, Two Fish

                        Desserts - Oh the Places You'll Go!

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                          1. re: mamaleh

                            Personally, I'd avoid sausages -- who wants to cut up a sausage after witnessing a bris?

                            1. re: brokentelephone

                              By that logic, GotCholent should remove the pillars from the building and the finials from the sefer Torah.

                              1. re: brokentelephone

                                I suppose I should take bananas out of breakfast fruit line-up too...forget about bagel sticks.

                                1. re: brokentelephone

                                  I'd actually go for broke- hot dogs in red sauce or mini franks in blanks with the tops cut off.

                                  1. re: masteraleph

                                    My wife is British...I could always go for a nice spotted dick.

                                    1. re: gotcholent

                                      Can spotted dick be made kosher? What kosher ingredient can substitute for suet?

                                      1. re: zsero

                                        You can do it with parve margarine, which also makes a fine plum pudding.

                                        I have, however, had great success with both duck and chicken fat.

                                        These old-fashioned steamed puddings cooked by laying them atop a stew in a cloth that was greased and floured, to keep the flavors separate. Some Moroccan cooks do this, steaming a sweetened flour pudding at the top of the hamim. And, obviously, it is not that different form cooking derma in cholent.

                                        Where I am going with this, is that you can make a spotted dick with poultry fat and cook it overnight with your cholent.

                                        It will grab their attention. and it is delicious.

                                        1. re: AdinaA

                                          There is vegetarian suet but I don't know if it has a hechscher.

                                          I imagine the earth balance shortening sticks could work and I came across something once that said palm margarine was very close.

                                          1. re: DeisCane

                                            Vegan/parve shortenings have their place.

                                            But duck or chicken fat really kicks it up a notch.

                                          2. re: AdinaA

                                            Maybe not the best venue for the release of a new spotted dick cholent......nevertheless, it IS genius AA...mad genius!!!

                                            1. re: gotcholent

                                              Thank you. Please promise that you won't do it for the bris.

                                              1. re: AdinaA

                                                Mine shviger would leave my mad hat on when enjoying my head on that platter. I'm feeling a Britsh cholent comin' on for my winter line-up, maybe kfwe, but not at the bris...which has been moved b'SD to next Wed, due to the little turkey getting over a cold and some congestion.

                                                Thanks everybody for your great ideas...I'll post some pix hopefully soon.

                                                1. re: gotcholent

                                                  mazal tov gotcholent! and thank you everyone for keeping me entertained on this thread.

                                                  1. re: gotcholent

                                                    More time to think of the menu!

                                                    Mazel tov on the new addition to your family!