Breakfast Pizza (plus tips to involve kids in the kitchen)
You cannot imagine my delight when our gifted Customer Service Specialist, Lindsey, told me that she might write something for our blog. I knew she enjoyed writing and cooking, but I was blown away when she sent me her first post. Not only does she share her Aunt Esthers's Breakfast Pizza recipe with us, but she includes some excellent tips for including your children when taking meals. Enjoy! ~Adina
I have already started a family cookbook collection for my two kids (they are only 11 and 8) because I want to be able to pass on the family recipes and cherished memories of cooking together. They have both almost outgrown the handmade aprons their Grammy made them when they were little, but they are still my willing kitchen helpers and sidekicks.
Taking someone a meal in need is the perfect opportunity to involve your entire family in serving others. I truly believe the heart of your home is your ministry to others, especially as you invite others to gather around your table for a meal or when you prepare a meal to deliver to another family.
Our farmhouse table has 8 leaves and it extends out to a little over 12 feet. It might be a tad tight in our dining room when fully extended but everyone is gathered around. The table was the first major purchase we made as a married couple. Hospitality and growing our own food have always been important in our home, as well as involving our kids in caring for others through meals and beyond.
3 ways to involve kids in taking someone a meal
1. Have them create a handmade card or piece of artwork for the refrigerator. If they are old enough to write, have them include a sweet encouraging hand-written note too. Often, kids love being creative and this activity could happily occupy them while you do the final preparations for the meal (especially if you need a little extra focus in the kitchen).
2. Don't underestimate their abilities to help. Start small and ask younger helpers if there is one part of the meal they would like to help with and then grow their abilities in the kitchen from there. My kids both love making honey whole wheat bread in the bread machine. They can easily follow the recipe and love watching the bread rise and bake through the machine's window. A loaf of bread and a jar of homemade jam make a wonderful addition to a meal. Colorful fruit skewers are kid-friendly and fun to create and perfect for those who request no sweets. Think simple and creative and age-appropriate!
3. Select a favorite family recipe to make and share with others. Kids get excited and feel important when you ask them what their family favorites are (it often brings up great memories and conversations). Chances are if the family has children you are taking the meal to, they will love your children's favorites too. A win-win for everyone involved. As an extra bonus, if you double the recipe then you will have a happy household as well and dinner is served.
From our family to yours, I am delighted to share one of my son's favorite recipes from my Great Aunt Esther's cookbook, Breakfast Pizza. When taking someone a meal it's a nice surprise to include some breakfast items, such as Breakfast Pizza or fresh fruit and granola or muffins.
This recipe is easy to assemble and prepare, even with younger kitchen helpers. All ages can spread out the crescent rolls and in our home we have a few safe kid-friendly knives so they can help chop up ingredients. They each have their own special cutting board too.
My son is extra proud of this recipe using the pork he raised on our farm, Corner Woods Farm. We had the pork processed locally in the Shenandoah Valley by Paul Zimmerman, a local old order Mennonite with a thriving, growing butcher shop on his farm. He perfectly seasoned the ground pork with a special blend for Breakfast sausage or Sweet Italian sausage. I have used both in this recipe and each is equally delicious. Enjoy!
- 1 (8-oz.) container crescent rolls
Spread dough in greased 9x13 pan.
- 1/2 lb. hot sausage (we prefer Breakfast or Italian sausage)
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
Saute in skillet. Drain and sprinkle over dough.
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp. green pepper, minced
Sprinkle over sausage.
- 5 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- 1 1/4 cup milk
Combine until well blended. Pour over mixture in pan.
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
This recipe was adapted and shared from my well-loved family Mennonite cookbook, "Mennonite Country Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets."
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