By Nancy Finch, Food Columnist
Unexpected guests? Get home late? No time to shop?
Regular readers know that I will do nearly anything to keep from making an emergency
run to the grocery store. I will substitute ingredients, create new recipes or rummage
through the pantry for rescue but I, for some reason, wont dash off for a missing
ingredient to put together an "emergency meal."
People who look in my pantry are usually aghast. Once one asked, "Are you
expecting a war?"
Consequently, I may keep more items on hand than most. In fact, this is often a problem
I keep them too long. But better that than a run to the store.
A staple that we always have on hand is eggs. I could eat them three times a day and
probably would if we hadnt had all that advice to limit egg intake. So, eggs make a
great rescue item.
With other regular staples English muffins (in the freezer), smoked ham
(vacuum-wrapped), tomato sauce, cheese, tortillas, sausage links and salsa, we came up
with two quickie but attractive and good entrées. Only one of these items wasnt on
hand salsa conqueso dip and that could easily be replaced by any grated
Breakfast, brunch, fast supper Eggs Alfonso or Portable Egg Burritos will be on
the table in a jiffy and no one need know you threw the meal together with scrounges from
the fridge and pantry.
Portable Egg Burritos
|1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce (plain or seasoned)|
|1/2 t Italian seasoning, crushed|
|2 T butter or margarine spread, softened|
|1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/2 t garlic powder|
|2 English muffins, halved|
|1 package (4 oz.) smoked ham|
|1/2 c (2 oz.) shredded Mozzarella cheese|
Directions: In large skillet over medium heat, bring tomato
sauce to boiling. Reduce heat to keep sauce gently simmering. Break eggs, one at a time,
into the hot tomato sauce. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until whites are firm and
yolks beginning to thicken. In small bowl, blend butter and minced or powdered garlic,
spread evenly on each bread slice. Broil about 6 inches from heat until lightly brown,
about 1 or 2 minutes. Watch carefully! Remove from oven and top each muffin half with
sliced ham. Spoon tomato sauce over ham. Top with poached egg and two tablespoons of the
cheese. Serves 4.