Southern Celebration

Submitted by Christi

This weekend calls for celebration! We have Valentine’s Day on Sunday and then Mardi Gras on Tuesday. I think I’m going to have to combine the two. How about a Sunday brunch for two? Oh, by the way, it is

With Designs by Gollum

With Designs by Gollum

Let’s start with

Eggs Hussarde
This is my favorite Brennan’s Breakfast. This is Emeril’s version

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup demi-glace
  • 8 croutons (4 inches round and 1/2-inch thick)
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced country ham
  • 8 thin slices of fresh tomato
  • 8 poached eggs, warm
  • 1 cup Hollandaise Sauce, warm
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 1 minute. Add the red wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the demi-glace. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from the heat, keeping warm. To serve, Place two croutons in the center of each plate. Lay slices of the ham on top of each crouton. Lay a slice of the tomato over the ham. Top each tomato with the poached eggs. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the Hollandaise over the eggs. Spoon the Marchand De Vin Sauce around the croutons. Garnish with parsley.

CA Mardi Gras 025We can finish with something chocolate – I mean you have to have chocolate for Valentine’s Day, right? So, my vote is to buy some chocolate covered strawberries.

Today’s Lagniappe: Mimosas
Don’t forget the drinks. What fun to have champagne for breakfast!

Orange Juice
Grand Marnier
Strawberries for garnish

Pour a little Grand Marnier in a shallow saucer. Put a little sugar in another shallow saucer. Dip the rims of champagne flutes in the Grand Marnier and then in the sugar. Fill the champagne flutes halfway with champagne and the fill the rest of the way with orange juice. Cut a slit in a strawberry and place on the rim of the flute if desired for garnish.



16 Responses to “Southern Celebration”

  1. KBeau Says:

    It all sounds so yummy. An no calories, I’m sure.

  2. Gollum Says:

    I’ve never tried that recipe–it sounds wonderful. A mimosa would be most welcome tonight. 🙂 I’m wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day–and a Merry Mardi Gras!

  3. ButterYum Says:

    I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of this, but I know it’s got to be good if it’s served at Brennan’s.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.


  4. PATTIE Says:

    Oh, I see a Subday breakfast here! Lovely!
    xoxo Pattie

  5. PATTIE Says:

    Good grief! I meant a SUNDAY breakfast!

  6. Yvonne Says:

    Oh my! I needed this recipe today. My husband and I have been snowed in for 3 days and we have made outrageous breakfasts! I hear there is another snow storm coming on Monday- I’ll hold on to this recipe.

  7. Sheila Says:

    Sounds like the perfect meal, Christi!

    Thanks for the tip on what to do with the rims of glasses for Mimosas. That really makes them more festive. Love the Brenan’s menu, too. You can say the words eggs, shallots and garlic, and I’m all ears!

    Happy Foodie Valentine’s Day!


    Sheila 🙂

  8. [email protected] Says:

    GREAT!!! recipe for breakfast or brunch.


  9. Nancy Says:

    Both recipes look divine. Love the trick with the Grand Marnier!

  10. Nancy Says:

    Both recipes look divine. I love the trick with the Grand Marnier!

  11. dining room table Says:

    Both of the recipes sound delicious. I think I have try the both of them! Thanks for sharing!

  12. April Harris Says:

    Sounds like a lovely brunch – I’ll definitely give those recipes a try!

  13. Ladynred Says:

    It sounds yummy and interesting.

  14. Shellbelle Says:

    Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras rolled into one? Sounds like a perfect day to me!

  15. Tracy Says:

    Sounds divine! Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Mardi Gras, too!

  16. Oval Mirrors Gal Says:

    Oh,what a delicious valentine day,good luck calibrate well.

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