I can have breakfast any time of the day. Pancakes for dinner? Why not. Sausage hash for lunch? Yes, please! Eggs, oatmeal, french toast, bacon, I am a lover of all breakfast foods. This time, I decided to mix up my morning meal and stray a little from the typical french toast, omelets and such. Instead, I present a Mediterranean inspired breakfast with bread cheese, sauteed lemon kale, roasted garlic tomatoes and perfectly poached eggs with spicy harissa. This may not be the typical dish you find at a diner, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a glorious breakfast!
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My inspiration for this dish came to me when I was strolling the cheese section at Whole Foods. My eye was immediately drawn to a package labeled, “Bread Cheese,” where the description read that it can be microwaved and sauteed. Thinking it was similar to halloumi, I decided to purchase it and give it a taste.
After doing a little research, I discovered that bread cheese is actually a Finnish cheese called, Juustoleipa, or “Finnish squeaky cheese”, as Americans call it. It is toasted in preparation allowing it to be heated without melting. Firmy but chewy, the bread cheese is mild in flavor allowing it to be paired with many different flavors. The little wheel in my brain started to spin with ideas until I settled on making a savory breakfast dish using bread cheese as the base.
Heat a nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and lay slices of bread cheese in the pan. You will notice the cheese becoming golden brown yet still keeping its shape as other typical cheeses would. Flip and cook on the other side. Meanwhile, prepare the other components including the tomatoes and kale.
Assemble the Mediterranean breakfast and dig your knife into the runny poached eggs!
Using simple ingredients, such as sauteed lemon kale and garlic roasted tomatoes, allows every ingredient to shine without overpowering the bread cheese. The perfectly poached eggs with runny yolks add a certain creaminess while the harissa adds a little spice. Dig your bread into the eggs or better yet, stack the bread with the cheese, kale, tomatoes, and egg and make a little breakfast sandwich! This is what I call one glorious breakfast!
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