Ham & Cheese Brunch Squares
||cups (8 oz) grated Colby & Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided
||pkg (22.5 oz) frozen toaster hash brown patties, thawed (10 patties)
||oz cream cheese, softened
||tsp coarsely ground black pepper
||oz thickly sliced deli ham
|| green onions with tops, divided (about 1 cup sliced)
|| plum tomatoes
|| Additional coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
|Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with vegetable oil using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush. Grate cheese using Ultimate Mandoline. Crumble hash browns over bar pan; press gently into an even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over hash browns. Bake 13-15 minutes or until crust starts to brown and cheese is melted. |
|Meanwhile, in Classic Batter Bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth using Stainless Whisk. Gradually add eggs and black pepper; whisk until smooth. On Cutting Board, coarsely chop ham using Food Chopper. Slice green onions, reserving 1/4 cup of the tops for garnish. Place ham and remaining green onions into (8-in.) Sauté Pan; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until hot. Stir ham mixture into egg mixture using Small Mix N Scraper®.|
|Remove bar pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack. Pour egg mixture over crust. Return bar pan to oven; bake 6-8 minutes or until center is set. Meanwhile, slice tomatoes in half lengthwise using Utility Knife; scrape out seeds and dice. Remove bar pan from oven; top with remaining cheese, tomatoes and reserved green onions. Sprinkle with additional black pepper, if desired. Cut into squares and serve using Mini-Serving Spatula.|
Yield: 12 servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 330, Total Fat 22 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 260 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Protein 15 g, Sodium 740 mg, Fiber 1 g
Cook's Tips: To soften cream cheese, microwave on HIGH 15-20 seconds or until softened. Whisk until smooth.
If desired, 2 cups cooked and crumbled bulk pork sausage (3/4 lb) or 1 lb bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled, can be substituted for the deli ham.