Lea Michele may be a fabulous actress and songbird, but she's no Julia Child. When she appeared on Leno the other night, she confessed a recent attempt to cook for boyfriend Cory Monteith went more than a little awry. Lea told Jay, "I cooked something for my boyfriend the other day, and I don't think he really liked it. I made him a little breakfast, like my version of an Italian croque-madame or something, but I think the eggs were raw and not cooked! It wasn't very good, but he was a very good sport."
Haaa, awww ... Hey, at least she tried, right? And the idea of cooking for Cory a romantic breakfastwas super-sweet. Maybe next time, though, she might wanna try something a little simpler and straightforward, like one of these easy, fool-proof breakfasts-in-bed anyone can whip up for their honey on a lazy Sunday ...
Gruyere Cheese Quiche (by baking eggs, you can be extra sure to avoid Lea's mistake!) via The Stir via Real Simple
1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4 large eggs
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 ounces Gruyere, grated
4 cups mixed greens
Heat your oven to 375. Fit the crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Place on a baking sheet.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in the onion mixture and the Gruyere.
Pour the egg mixture into the crust. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, usually about 35 to 40 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drizzle the greens with the remaining tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the quiche.
Place the 4 egg yolks, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and the salt and pepper into a fairly large saucepan, and with a hand whisk, whisk all the ingredients until they have blended together.
Cut the butter into small chunks and add to the saucepan.
Turn the heat on the cooker to medium and begin to whisk the ingredients. As the butter melts, make sure that you blend it thoroughly into the egg yolks. Continue to whisk vigorously until all of the butter has blended into the eggs.
If the sauce begins to separate, add 2 tsp of water to the sauce mixture and whisk briskly until the mixture has combined together to form a creamy sauce.
Once all of the butter has melted and a sauce has been formed, continue whisking until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency.
Add more salt and pepper if required.
Remove from the heat and keep the sauce warm before serving for up to 30 minutes.
Once the Hollandaise sauce has been prepared and set to one side, you can concentrate on the other ingredients.
The next step is to prepare the eggs and the ham, simultaneously if possible.
Preheat the grill to a moderate heat and cut the bacon or ham into circles that will just cover the base of the muffin.
At the same time start to poach the eggs.
Place the bacon or ham under the grill and cook on both sides until browned. Keep warm if the eggs are still cooking.
When the eggs and the bacon are almost ready, tear the muffins in half with your hands, taking care to break them evenly and place them in the toaster or under the grill.
When the muffins have been lightly toasted, butter them generously and place in the middle of a warmed plate.
Remove the bacon from the grill and sit one circular piece on top of each half muffin.
Arrange the drained and trimmed poached egg on top of the bacon or ham and finally spoon the warmed Hollandaise sauce over the egg.
Check out Lea talking to Jay Leno about cooking ...
What's your go-to romantic breakfast recipe for your sweetie?
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