Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

By Stacie Morgan, December 29, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

New Year’s Eve is on a Saturday and New Year’s Day is on a Sunday this year, making this the perfect holiday to come up with a delicious brunch recipe. This year Hanukkah also falls between December 24 and January 1, so I decided to come up with a brunch recipe that is full of flavor, easy to make, only uses 1 pan, has a short cooking time, and would be great for anyone celebrating Hanukkah and trying to keep the meal kosher.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

While this brunch grilled cheese may not have any bacon or sausage in it, the fluffy flavorful eggs and the garlic, herb and butter coating on the edges of the sandwich definitely make up for it. The amount of picante and hot sauce is just enough too boost the flavor of the eggs without increasing their cooking time or making the dish too spicy. I used to sauté tomatoes and onions with a tiny bit of peppers for some time before adding them to my eggs, but the swap for picante sauce saves cooking time, effort, and tastes just as good! I have made this with a lot of different hot sauces, I tend to just grab what I have on hand, so any kind will do. When making the eggs, you really can’t go wrong with how you fold/scramble them. The technique shown below is kind of how you would start an omelet but instead of folding it over in half, I use my high heat spatula to kind of fold it around into two omelet style scrambled eggs that will fit perfectly on the sandwich. The key is to allow the pan to get hot and the butter to melt first, then pour in the eggs and don’t move them until the edges are clearly cooked and set as shown in the photo. At this point, just start to move and fold the eggs and they will form since they are mostly already cooked and set!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

I always make this in a nonstick skillet because once the eggs are done, I just wipe it clean with a paper towel, and get right to cooking the sandwiches! The recipe below is for two loaded sandwiches, but feel free to double or triple the recipe for as many people as you need to feed.

New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

Ingredients (Makes 2 sandwiches):

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Picante sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. Parsley flakes
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Mozzarella cheese slices
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese sprinkles
  • 2 Yellow American cheese slices
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Parsley flakes

Directions:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk thoroughly.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

2. Add the salt, pepper, onion powder, hot sauce, picante sauce, garlic, and ½ tsp. parsley flakes to the eggs and whisk together.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

 

3. Melt 1 ½ tbsp. butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until it is bubbling.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

4. Pour the egg mixture in slowly, turn the heat to medium low, and let the eggs cook untouched for 2-3 minutes.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

5. Once the edges are cooked and set (the only part of the eggs that should be left to cook is on top in the middle), use a high heat spatula to fold the eggs around into two omelet style pieces.

6. Turn the heat off, flip the eggs over to let the top/less cooked side rest on the hot pan while prepping the sandwich.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

7. Place the yellow cheese and parmesan on one side of the bread and the mozzarella on the other side. Place the eggs in between them and close the bread.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

8. Microwave 2 tbsp. butter with the ¼ tsp. garlic powder and ½ tsp. parsley flakes for 15 seconds. Spread a little on top the two pieces of bread.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

9. Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel, heat up over medium-low heat (don’t want to burn the bread), and place the sandwiches in the plan with the buttered side down. While cooking on the first side, spread butter mixture on the second side of the breads.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: New Year’s Brunch Grilled Cheese

 

10. Grill the sandwiches 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then flip them over and cook on second side until done.

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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