Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sick (part 2): Egg McMuffin Pie

Although the Group has won a major victory in securing a food supply; they know Hershel's life still hangs in the balance. Carol bandages what remains of Hershel's leg to help prevent infection. When he does not regain consciousness, the Group fears the worst.

Maggie even whispers a heartfelt goodbye to her father in anticipation of his death. But the goodbye would not be necessary. The Group finally has a moment of joy. Hershel opens his eyes and they realize he has done what no one else has been able to do. He has survived a Walker bite.

The Group would definitely pause to share a brief meal together. It would be very important for anyone with a serious injury to eat and drink while recovering. A high-calorie breakfast with protein would help undo the damage caused by months of malnourishment. 

Familiar flavors can remind us all of better days. The McDonald's favorite; the Egg McMuffin is reimagined here as a breakfast pie. While the ingredients do not include fresh eggs, the flavor is remarkably similar and very comforting. Your Group will smile with the memory of days gone bye when they enjoy this breakfast.

And when the dead rise; "It's gotta be the brain. Not the stomach. Not the heart. The brain!"

Egg McMuffin Pie

1 cup Heart Smart Bisquick Baking Mix
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano Cheese
1/2 cup water

Powdered Eggs and Water to equal 8 fresh eggs 
1/4 cup evaporated dairy milk (or almond or soy milk)

1 small can SPAM, cubed
1 (8 oz) package Velveeta Cheese, cubed 
2 Tbsp. Dried Chives

Preheat oven to 350° or heat campfire coals to medium-hot. Grease a 10 inch pie pan or springform pan with shortening or oil.

In a medium bowl, mix Baking Mix, cornmeal, Parmesan or Romano cheese and water. Blend well until the mixture forms a ball. If needed, add more water (a few tablespoons at a time). Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan to form the crust. If needed, you may want to grease your hands so the crust mixture does not stick to your fingers.

Bake crust for 20 minutes in oven or until center of crust is set and the edges are golden brown. Alternately, cover pan with foil and "bake" over campfire coals for 12-14 minutes or until center of crust is set and edges are golden brown.

Heat a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat (or medium-hot campfire coals). In another medium bowl, mix powdered egg mix and water according to package directions. Stir in soy or almond milk and 1 Tbsp of the Dried Chives. 

Allow to stand for a few minutes while the skillet heats. Add egg mixture to skillet and stir until eggs are just softly set and still appear moist. Remove from heat source and stir in SPAM and Velveeta cubes. Spread egg, SPAM and cheese mixture over the baked crust. 

Bake pie in 350° oven for 8 minutes, or just until cheese is melted and eggs appear firmer. Alternately, cover pan with foil and place over medium-campfire coals. Allow mixture to "bake" over coals for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and eggs appear firmer. 

Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of dried chives over pie. Slice into wedges and serve.

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