Tips and Recipes for Back to School Breakfasts

PancakesWhether your child is starting school for the very first time or starting his last year of high school, the first day back is usually a time of excitement mixed with a fair amount of jitters. Children are eager to see old friends and make new ones as well as show off all their cool new back to school clothes and supplies. One way to make the day extra memorable is to go all out with a First Day Back Breakfast. Here are some tips and recipes for Back to School breakfasts designed to inspire a special morning for the whole family. Make sure to buy local in Long Island for the freshest produce!

Put your slow cooker to use - There are tons of recipes on Pinterest for breakfasts that you can load into the crock pot at night before bed and have breakfast waiting for you in the morning. If your kids are into eggs, bacon, and hash browns check out this easy and super delicious recipe.

Option: make it the night before. Don’t have a slow cooker? That doesn’t mean that you can’t put something together the night before and then cook it in the morning. Here is another delicious and popular recipe. The best part is that you’re supposed to let it sit in the fridge overnight.

Egg Strata
Serves 6

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus more, softened, for baking dish
8 pieces of white bread (Tip: Use 10 pieces – and cut two in half to fill out the tray)
1.5 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1.5 cups grated Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives
4 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Butter an 8-inch square baking dish (I use a 9 x 11); line bottom with 4 slices bread. Sprinkle with half of each cheese. Top with chives. Layer with remaining bread and cheese. Whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, cayenne, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish.  Cover; refrigerate at least 6 hours (or overnight).  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Bake strata until puffed and golden, about 40 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

You can’t go wrong with pancakes - A traditional pancake breakfast is always popular. Make it extra special by slicing up some fresh fruit to spoon on top or perhaps buying some flavored syrups you’ve never tried before.

Did you know French Toast could be stuffed?  As seen at a popular Long Island breakfast restaurant, this item is a hit! Make your own French toast. Between two slices add some cream cheese and your favorite fruit preserves. Voila (as the French would say)! You have stuffed French toast!

Die hard cereal fans?  Let’s face it, not every child loves a cooked breakfast, no matter how yummy it seems to us. You can still make the morning special by allowing your child to pick out his or her favorite breakfast cereal. Or perhaps allow them to buy that box of sugar-bombs that is more marshmallows than cereal, the one you’re always saying “NO” to.  Let your child know it’s a special treat just for the first week of school.

Making special First Day Back Breakfast is a fun way to celebrate the new school year with your child. Send them off to face the day with a full tummy and lots of love!

By Allison Profeta

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