The end of half term is coming to a close. Goodbye lazy mornings & hello again school runs. It's only a few more weeks until the Summer holidays though, and as this half term is usually the busiest and most exhausting, it will be a welcome relief.
With the weather here being so lovely this week, bedtimes have slipped back, mornings have become shorter and breakfasts have run into lunch. This has been a great excuse to eat brunch, which is so much more exciting than breakfast, as nothing is out of bounds.
Pastries are not considered to be a healthy breakfast, but add eggs, tomatoes, lean turkey ham, and pop a handful of fresh greens on the side, it suddenly becomes a light, well balanced, and healthy brunch.
We're a bit partial to Bernard Matthews wafer thin Turkey Ham in this house, and it's my usual 'ham' of choice for sandwiches and quick meals. It's often added to a cheese toastie, or forms part of the husband's speciality omelettes or 'egg on beans on cheese on ham on toast', when he's left in charge of dinner.
Here I've used a combination of the classic brunch/lunch ingredients of ham, egg and tomato in a tasty (and slightly spicy) puff pastry parcel, which is easy to prepare and quick to cook. The scrambled egg could even be made in advance and kept in the fridge, ready to assemble and bake right before brunch time.
Ham, Egg & Tomato Brunch Parcels - makes 6
tbsp olive oil
1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
3 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
4 eggs, beaten
salt & pepper
6 slices Bernard Matthews wafer thin Turkey Ham, chopped
a few basil leaves, chopped
375g (approx) puff pastry sheet
60g grated Emmental cheese
- heat the olive oil in a non stick frying pan
- add the chill and tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for a couple of minutes
- add the eggs (reserving 2 tbsp for later) & a pinch of salt & pepper and increase the heat
- stir continuously to scramble the eggs
- remove from the heat and stir in the turkey ham & basil leaves
- unroll the pastry sheet & cut into 6 equal squares
- lay the pastry squares onto a lightly greased baking sheet
- spoon the scrambled egg into the centre of the squares
- top the egg with grated Emmental
- brush around the edges of the pastry with the reserved beaten egg
- fold the corners of the pastry into the centre to meet, and brush with more beaten egg
- bake in a preheated 200C oven for approximately 20 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown
serve warm or cold, or pop in a paper bag and take it with you for a brunch on the go!
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