Breakfast for Dad
Father's Day is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate Father's Day than to plan a delicious breakfast to enjoy with the whole family? If you have never cooked a breakfast before, you can use this simple menu (with recipes) and surprise your dad with an amazing Father's Day breakfast.
Before Father's Day morning arrives you will need to make a few preparations. If you don't have all of the food items for the breakfast in your fridge, you will need to have your mom or another adult in the family take you to the grocery to help you get all of the ingredients you need. This meal also requires that you use the stove, so you will need the help of your mother or another adult while you are cooking.
The menu below is a fairly full breakfast menu -- you don't have to make all of the items included. For example, toast is an easy replacement for french toast and only requires that you have a toaster.
You will need a variety of fruit, such as cantaloupe, strawberries and grapes. One bunch of grapes, one cantaloupe and a basket of strawberries should be enough for a group of four or more.
Wash the grapes and strawberries thoroughly. Remove the stems from both the grapes and strawberries. Cut the strawberries into two to four pieces. Last, peel the cantaloupe and cut into 1-inch squares. Mix all the fruit in a large bowl.
I suggest cooking the bacon in a frying pan on the stove rather than in the oven. The bacon will cook faster and you can use the bacon drippings (the grease that comes from the bacon) to cook the eggs. You will need 2-3 slices of bacon per person.
Place the bacon strips in a non-stick, ungreased skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the bacon is crispy all over.
Each person in your family will probably want 1-2 eggs. You can either combine all of the eggs in a bowl and cook them together in a large skillet or you can cook each person's eggs individually. For a group of four, you will probably want 8 eggs.
Break all 8 eggs into a bowl and whisk together until the yolks and whites are just barely combined. Put a 1-2 teaspoons of butter or bacon drippings into a non-stick skillet. Heat over medium-low heat. When the grease is warm, pour the eggs into the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until the eggs are no longer runny, but have not started to brown.
Making French toast is French fairly simple. If you want an easier breakfast, replace the french toast with regular toast. To make French toast you will want 1-3 pieces of bread per person. You can use regular sandwich bread or a nicer bread.
For every 2 slices of bread you will need:
1/3 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
Whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla in a pie plate or shallow bowl. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture and soak, turning once or twice until the bread is saturated, but not falling apart.
Heat a teaspoon of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When the butter is hot, add the egg-soaked bread to the skillet. Cook, turning once, until both sides are golden brown.
This menu requires quite a bit of cooking, so if you are worried about keeping everything warm while you cook other items, here are a few suggestions:
Start by making the fruit -- once it is mixed together you can cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Next, cook the bacon. When the bacon is done you can put it on a plate and keep it warm in a 200 degree oven until everything else is finished. Make the French toast next -- you can keep the French toast warm in the oven with the bacon. This method also works if you are making regular toast instead of French toast.
Make the eggs last. The eggs won't be as good if they are not served immediately. Once the eggs are finished, you can serve the entire meal together and everything will be warm.