Followed the crowd and the hype to stop for breakfast at Magnolia Table. You only need to go once to say you’ve been to Chip and Joanna’s place. Right off IH 35 just south of downtown Waco, easy in and out. Order some of their amazing bacon and splurge on the homemade hash brown rounds just for fun. If you need a tourist trap experience, this is it. Including the wait!
Amish Breakfast Casserole
1 pound (or more!) bacon, sliced and diced
1 medium red onion, chopped
6 eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups frozen hash browns, thawed
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
In a large skillet over medium heat, start cooking bacon. When bacon about halfway to crisp, add onion and allow to cook until onion is soft and bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towel.
In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add bacon and onion mixture stirring until all ingredients are combined.
Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with pan release. Spread casserole mixture in baking dish. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting or serving. Can be baked day ahead and refrigerated over night. Reheat in 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.
1 head cabbage
2 tablespoons butter
8 slices thick cut bacon, diced and cooked to crisp
salt, pepper, garlic salt to taste
Preheat grill to 400 degrees.
Rinse cabbage. Cut into 4 pieces, removing core. Place on aluminum foil.
Sprinkle cabbage with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Dot with butter and bacon.
Fold foil around cabbage like wrapping a gift, sealing edges.
Place on top rack of heated grill and cook for 30-40 minutes, until cabbage is fork tender.
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
2 pounds cauliflower, one very large pretty head
8 ounce sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounce jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons heavy cream
4 green onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
8 slices thick cut bacon
coarse ground pepper
Spray 9 x 9 baking dish.
Rinse cauliflower and cut into medium sized florets. Lightly steam. (You do not want mush.) Once cooked, drain well.
Cut bacon strips into small pieces. Cook. Drain on paper towels.
In large bowl, mix together cheeses, cream, green onions and garlic. Sprinkle with pepper. Stir in cooked cauliflower and bacon. Yes, you can use your hands.
Place cauliflower mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle with again with pepper.
Cover baking dish with foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until cheese is bubbly around edges.