Sunday Funday – A Rainy Day Brunch with Crab Cake Eggs Benedict & Bloody Marys

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Bloody Marys with a bacon twist added to the garnishes!

It’s the weekend and there’s only a few more weeks of summer left.  Knowing that, I just hate to wake up to a rainy day! So today’s Sunday Funday activity was brunch at home, hanging out in pajamas!  I love not having to get dressed, put on make up or do anything on rainy days.  For brunch I made some Crabcake Eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary’s for hubby and me. Not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday morning/afternoon, right?

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Standard brunch cocktail

A while ago I came across a bottle of Cilantro flavored Absolute Vodka.  I thought it sounded interesting so I bought it.  I made a Bloody Mary with it and it was really good! At that time I just used some hot & spicy Bloody Mary mix with the vodka.  But today, I wanted to try to make a Bloody Mary without the mix…mainly because I didn’t have any mix!  I used tomato juice, with some celery salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, etc.  I didn’t have any horseradish but if I did I certainly would have added it. Horseradish would make this drink even better! To make it extra special today, I wrapped bacon around chopsticks and baked them in the oven for a garnish.  It was a nice touch!  Then I rimmed the glass with Old Bay Seasoning and added the garnishes.  Yummmmm!

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For the eggs benedict, I cooked a pre-made crab cake, made the poached egg, sautéed a little bit of spinach, toasted the required english muffin and quickly warmed up the Canadian bacon in a skillet.  I used a can of Aunt Penny’s Hollandaise Sauce instead of making it homemade and it was delicious!

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Eggs Benedict with a crab cake and spinach

So next time you wake up on a Sunday morning to rain, stay in those PJs, fix yourself and loved one a Bloody Mary and cook up some breakfast.  It’s a great way to spend a lazy Sunday!

A Rainy Day Brunch with Crab Cake Eggs Benedict & Bloody Marys

Yield: 1

Ingredients

    For the Blood Mary:
  • 4 oz. tomato juice
  • 2 oz. Cilantro flavored Absolute Vodka
  • several shakes of celery salt and pepper
  • couple dashes Tabasco sauce
  • couple dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. horseradish
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp. Cornichons Gherkins pickle juice
  • Garnish:
  • Bacon*
  • Stuffed olives (blue cheese, pimento, whatever you like)
  • celery stalk
  • lemon wedge
  • Cornichons Gherkin pickle
  • For the Eggs Benedict
  • 1/2 english muffin, toasted
  • 1 crab cake, cooked
  • 1 poached egg
  • 1 slice Canadian bacon, heated
  • 2 Tbls. sauteed or steamed spinach
  • 2 Tbls. Aunt Penny's Hollandaise Sauce (or your preferred Hollandaise sauce, warmed)

Directions

For the Bloody Mary:

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake a bit to combine ingredients. Strain into tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with your favorite garnishes.

For the Eggs Benedict:

Layer a toasted English muffin with a slice of Canadian bacon, spinach, crab cake, poached egg and top with Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with a little paprika for color if you like.

Notes

*to make a swirled bacon stick, wrap bacon around a chopstick and bake in 350 degree oven until bacon is cooked. If you use a wooden chopstick, you might want to soak it for a bit so it doesn't burn!

or....just cook a piece of bacon the regular way and toss it in the drink!

http://www.imbored-letsgo.com/crab-cake-eggs-benedict-bloody-marys/

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